Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Literature Circle Meetings and Rough Draft Conferences

The fourth quarter is a busy one. We are starting our Bradbury literature circles and we will be writing feature articles. For lit circles, you will need to complete the required reading and sticky notes before each meeting (see calendar above and below).

For each discussion you need four sticky notes: 3 role notes and 1 literary luminary.
Click on the following links for the role requirements or download the full guide here.

The full sticky note guide was given out earlier this year. Extra copies are available in the handout bin.
This week you will also sign up for your individual rough draft conference. At this meeting, you'll get credit for pulling together the basic parts of your article. You will also get the feedback needed to help you do well on the final draft, which has a much more thorough rubric. (You'll get a copy in your sourcebook.) Here are the basic requirements for your conference.

You must be ready on your conference day to get the full credit.
Presented a complete draft at scheduled conference time: ________/10
Article is typed with columns, callouts/sidebar, graphics, captions, etc. ________/10
Proofreading for typos and errors is obvious. ________/5
The byline is typed and placed appropriately ________/5
Article has three subheadings, title, and subtitle ________/5
Article has at least 5 quotes from several sources ________/5
Student has an engaging lead ________/5
Student has a satisfying sense of closure ________/5

As soon as your conference is finished, use the feedback you receive to rewrite, revise, and craft your draft into a final, polished piece. See the calendar below for all the important dates.