Posted on October 19, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , |

Thanks to Trinity (period 4), we learned about a cool, new online resource this week. Bitstrips is a website that allows you to create avatars and characters — and put them in your own comic strips!

Trinity used this site as a way to publish her reading response work this week…how else do you think you could use this site?

Here’s a little comic strip I made to show you how pleased I am with the critical thinking work and awesome reflections that you did for your Independent Reading Response #4.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with for IRR5!

Thanks again, Trinity!

~Ms. Morris 🙂

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Week at a glance ~ 10/15/12 to 10/19/12

Posted on October 14, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , |

This week, we will develop our thesis statements, commit to one for our personal essay, and then start to organize our support and the body paragraphs (using the boxes and bullets method).

Also, because we will be in the computer lab on Wednesday for the Wordly Wise assessment, you will have the remainder of the class time to work on updating your e-Portfolios.  You may add artifacts and links, include process work, explain the purpose of the unit, demonstrate growth so far in this unit, update the reflection journal, etc.

Check out this rubric that explains how your portfolios will be assessed.  The first assessment will take place at the end of the Personal Essay unit.

On the 1/2 days (Thursday and Friday), we will spend time on our reading work.   As yet another example of how you may set up your response work, here is the work I did for the first week of my Independent Reading Response 4 (IRR4)…I will have it in the classroom to show you as well!  Remember, the IRR4 is due this Friday!  🙂

We will continue with the pronoun work this week for grammar, and you have your Wordly Wise Assessment #2 on Wednesday.  (Wordly Wise list #3 will be issued and is due on 10/31.)


  • We will be in the computer lab on Wednesday
  • Thursday and Friday are 1/2 days.
  • Flex this week will be:
    • Monday – Period 4
    • Tuesday – Period 5
    • Wednesday – Period 8
    • Thursday and Friday – no FLex (1/2 days)

~Ms. Morris 🙂

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