• Friday, August 5, 2016

    Posted by Laura McCracken on 8/5/2016 4:00:00 PM

    8 Rules for Chromebook Usage. Chromebooks will be distributed next week.

    1. Always sit down while using the Chromebooks.

    2. If you are asked to move for any reason, carry the Chromebook with two hands and hold the Chromebook by the base, not the cover.

    3. No banging, slamming, or hitting the Chromebook.

    4. Stay focused on the activity, and raise your hand if you need help.

    5. Do not visit pages that are not directly related to your assignment.

    6. Do not touch someone else’s Chromebook.   

    7. No gum, food, or drinks allowed.

    8. Stop when directed and shut down before closing the Chromebook.


    "Steal Like an Artist"  (11 min) http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oww7oB9rjgw



    Introduce yourself to me. Tell about your experience with writing; such as how and when you learned to write, use cursive, type, and what you like and/or dislike about writing. One paragraph.

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  • Rearrange the letters of your name! Indy Honor Flight pics!

    Posted by Laura McCracken on 9/10/2015 1:00:00 AM
    Type in your name or any other word you want to rearrange.  
    Photos from Indy Honor Flight
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  • Fan Letter Final doc + Newspaper Popouts

    Posted by Laura McCracken on 9/8/2015 8:00:00 AM

    Austin Kleon's page about newspaper popouts:

    Want to see more?  

    Today we are in lab 110.
    First, open your fan letter and see your grade. See me asap if you don't see a highlighted rubric/grade.
    Next steps:
    1. Copy/paste your letter WITHOUT THE RUBRIC onto a new document.
    2. Save as: "Fan letter final" 
    3. Get the entire letter on to one page if you can. Ask me for help as needed.
    4. Print to lab 110 printer.
    5. Sign letter.
    6. Fold the letter into thirds.
    7. Put the letter in your envelope.
    8. Seal the envelope shut.
    9. Decorate the back of the envelope if time allows.
    10. Give it to me so I can send it off! 
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  • State Mottos/Mottoes & Veterans History Project

    Posted by Laura McCracken on 8/31/2015 1:00:00 AM
    Good morning!
    Please note that "mottoes" and "mottos" are both accepted spellings. Yay!
    Here's a good resource for every state's motto.  http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/categories/state-motto
    Click the motto if you want to know more. Which one is your favorite?
    Indy Honor Flight http://www.indyhonorflight.org/
    Indy Honor Flight Mail Call http://www.indyhonorflight.org/mailcall
    See a modern military mail call take place during evening formation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUYfbRLr6i4
    Take a look at the comments. Communicate!
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  • Fan Letter Grading Rubric

    Posted by Laura McCracken on 8/27/2015 3:00:00 PM
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  • Fan letter resources

    Posted by Laura McCracken on 8/20/2015 4:00:00 PM
    Hi and happy birthday to everyone turning 52 today! (Me!)
    Copy/paste the link for fanmail.biz:  http://www.fanmail.biz/
    Copy/paste the link for Readability score: https://readability-score.com/
    Click here for a .pdf of the Fan letter assignment checklist and template 
    Remember you have to write the first draft in your notebook (handwritten version).
    Then you can write it on your Chromebook. 
    Letter is due Wednesday, August 26. 
    BONUS! Comment with one word that describes your thoughts and/or feelings about the letter you're writing.  :)
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  • Resource for Name Acrostic--due Friday, 8.7.15 (and Kid President!)

    Posted by Laura McCracken on 8/6/2015 6:00:00 AM
    Here is a very helpful resource for finding creative adjectives for your name acrostic:
    You can fast-track your search by selecting the second tab at the top of the page titled "Adjectives to Describe a Person." 
    Remember, you can add color, art, drawings, and create your acrostic by hand or print from computer.
    Finally, here's Kid President with a special message for YOU!  
    Have fun! 
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  • Monday, 8.3.15 Day One!

    Posted by Laura McCracken on 8/3/2015 3:00:00 PM

    Hello everyone!

    Today I handed out Day One information. It is printed on green paper and covers general class information. Day One 2015 

    Students wrote their names on a folder. We will keep work samples, anecdotes, and other information that from throughout the year in the folder.
    Students also wrote their names on a popsicle stick. I keep the sticks in a special container and use them for calling on students during class discussion. This helps me to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in class discussion.
    Finally, I asked students to write a letter introducing themselves to me. I suggested the letter be at least five sentences long and describe such things as hobbies, interests, family, friends, and/or questions about Writing & Literacy 7. Most students were able to hand it to me on the way out the door at the end of class, but if more time is needed, it's alright to give it to me on Wednesday--not tomorrow since we have an alternative schedule due to our PBIS Kickoff!
    PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. It is a lot of fun. Students will learn what is expected of them and how to behave throughout the school day. We will show you how to be successful at NMS and beyond! :)
    It was a great first day. I'm looking forward to great year!
    Mrs. McC 
    217 word count
    7.3 grade level 
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  • Welcome to Writing and Literacy 7!

    Posted by Laura McCracken on 7/30/2015 6:00:00 AM
     “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” 
    Here's to a year with lots of lightening! 
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