KAA update

by Mrs. Nilsen on February 8th, 2013

Weekly ELA News 2/4 - 2/8

Students in my ELA class are hard at work on the Kids Are Authors Projects!  Here's what the Scholastic Website says about the contest:

"Kids Are Authors is an annual competition open to students in grades K–8 in the United States and U.S. international schools and is designed to encourage students to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills. 

Under the guidance of a project coordinator, children work in teams of three or more students to write and illustrate their own book. The creative process of working in teams helps provide a natural environment to practice editing, teamwork, and communication skills necessary for future success. All students involved get a sense of pride and accomplishment from submitting the team project. 

One Grand-Prize winning book will be published in each of these categories: Fiction and Nonfiction. The winning books will be published by Scholastic and sold at Book Fairs throughout the country."[1]
Students are working in small groups on this project.  Their stories are coming along so well thus far.  Students have to learn to work together (which is sometimes harder than just writing a story) as well as all the ins and outs of taking a piece of work all the way to publication.  I'm really impressed with their work, their art, and their dedication thus far.  I'm hoping to make colored copies of the books this year, to keep in my classroom library as examples for future years.  If any student would like a color copy too, I'll get the cost information and let parents know.
Below are some of the elements of the project:
Project  Journal
Students use this space to organize your thoughts, brainstorm, and work as a group on the book you are writing.  Here are some ideas of journal entries, although you are not limited to these:
-          Journal (talk about feelings, progress, struggles, or what your doing.
-          To-Do lists
-          Brainstorming activities (narrowing a topic, heart maps, etc.)
-          Notes on other books you like or want to model after
-          How you’re dividing up activities among group members. 
-          Reflect on past winners
-          Outline plot
-          Discuss ideas for artwork (medium, subjects, etc.)
-          Write parts of the plot you’re struggling with
Major Due Dates   

Note: Smaller assignments may be added along the way as needed.  These are the major check-ins.
November 7 – Project Journal created and have your groups selected and teacher approved.
November 16 – Plot outline of story (for fictional work) or outline of information to be present (for non-fiction work) and Action Plan Due.
December 7 – First draft of written text due, and list of art ideas for each page due
December 14 – Four pages of artwork due, and group cooperation check-in.
February 1 – Ten pages of artwork due, text ready for Mrs. N to read (and make comments on over the weekend.)
February 8 – Fifteen pages of artwork due.
February 15 – Twenty pages of artwork due, and 2nd draft of the text.
March 1 – All artwork due and final draft of the text (typed) due.
March 8 - Final project due! (text, artwork, and mock-up copy).

I'm so excited to see what students produce over the next few weeks.  What an awesome way to learn!
Works Cited

[1.] Scholastic. "Kids Are Authors - About the Contest." Scholastic Book Fairs - Kids Are Authors. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2013. <http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/contest/kaa_about.asp>.


Monday February 11th

Tuesday February 12th
  • Subway Lunch orders due no later than 3:00 p.m. (later orders will not be accepted) – Please pay separate from your pizza order and only 1 week at a time.
  • Homework Club 3-4 PM
Wednesday February 13th
  • Pizza orders and money due no later than 1:30 p.m. (late orders will not be accepted) Please pay separate from your subway order.
  • 3:15 AM Booster Meeting in the Teacher Lounge!
  • Early Release-1:00 PM
Thursday February 14th
  • Valentines Day!
  • 3:30 PM Auction Meeting
Friday February 15th
  • Pizza Lunch
  • Dress Down Friday
  • Homework Club 3-4 PM
  • Senior Dance 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the MRA Gym (I'll be there!!  :)  )

Future Dates:

February 21st  - 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. MRA Open House for new families
February 22nd - All School Dance 7:00 to 9:00 PM
March 4th 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. - MRA Open House for new families
March 15th - Deadline for new applications
March 20th - Science Fair and end of 2nd Trimester
March 21st - Spring Break begins
April 9th - Public Lottery

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Madison - February 13th, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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