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Using Wixie to meet Common Core State Standards in eighth grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 15, 2015 1:31:00 PM

Wixie provides students with tools to combine original artwork, images, text, and voice narration to create a range of products like how-to instructions, digital stories, ebooks, comics, and more.

Here are a few ideas drawn for the Common Core State Standards for Grade 8.

Argue for a specific trip or event

Eighth-graders tend to have strong opinions (even if they are often afraid to voice them among their peers). Capitalize on this by engaging them in an argument that will impact their life, such as the location of a class trip or an upcoming school event.

An argumentative essay is built around a specific statement or main premise that is debatable. You might start by provigin students with with a prompt like: “The best place to take our class trip is ____________." They then use relevant evidence, and accurate information to support their  the argument supporting the statement.

In a Class Trip Persuasive lesson like this, students will need to use "logical reasoning and relevant evidence" to support their position, if they are going to get the result they want.

 

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This style of project helps students meet 8th grade CCSS like:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1
    Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.A
      Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.B
      Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

Develop historical journals

Creating a journal for a person from history provides and opportunity to practice narrative writing  from the perspective of an individual who lived during the event. When students complete a Historical Journal lesson like this, they have to write from a first person perspective, which increases the level of their thinking about history and helps them avoid a simple copy and paste of facts from their research.

Similar to an effective character scrapbook, the entries in a journal should evidence the student’s analysis of motivation and insight into that character’s actions. You can support their research and thinking with graphic organizers like character webs and facts vs. opinions charts. The use of visuals in the journal can also help prompt more detailed writing and help them convey emotion.

 

 

This style of project helps students meet 8th grade CCSS like:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3
    Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.A
      Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.B
      Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

Create tessellations

As they get older, student's work with math becomes more and more abstract and theoretical. To connect students to the math they are learning, as well as help them see how crucial math is to many other disciplines, explore tessellations through art like that by M.C. Escher.

It is easy to create reflection, rotation, and translation tessellations in Wixie!

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In a Tessellation lesson like this, students apply the rules of geometric transformations to create beautiful patterns. Transforming the shapes into characters, objects, and scenes, helps them build creative thinking skills as well.

 

This style of project helps students meet 8th grade CCSS like:

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.G.A.2
    Understand that a two-dimensional figure is congruent to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, and translations; given two congruent figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the congruence between them.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.G.A.4
    Understand that a two-dimensional figure is similar to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, translations, and dilations; given two similar two-dimensional figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the similarity between them.

Wixie is blank-screen software you can apply in many subjects and contents. If students are organizing notes about a topic, exploring vocabulary, creating how-to instructions, or reporting data and evidence, they can use Wixie as the digital notebook where they make their thinking visible!

 

Topics: common core, tessellation, writing

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