Testing is over and so we begin our next big writing piece: the feature article. Students can get in the right mind frame for this assignment by reading lots of magazine--something that seems more natural during Spring Break. I'll be posting rubrics soon--perhaps on the Schoolnotes website if I can't figure out how to do it here. The due dates for this assignment are tricky. Each student will have a staggered due date because their first draft will be graded in a one-on-one conference with me during several class sessions. Students needing more assistance can also stay after for help on any Monday. Each feature article will require several interviews (to get research and quotes for the article) so students can start working on that now, if I've approved their topics.