My students need writing portfolio folders to keep their writing they complete throughout the year in one place, the two pocket folder is necessary to organize drafts and reflections throughout the school year.
Spartans are known for their bravery professionalism and skill, it is only fitting that our students are the Spartans! More than 80% of our student population is economically disadvantages and on free and reduced lunch. 75% of our students are African American or Hispanic, a population that has a strong drive for literacy acquisition. With many single parent households, and other households with working class families, students need for simple school supplies such as pencils and paper are at high demand. How do we prepare our future leaders to overcome the challenges life has presented them at such an early age? We show them there is always a way, we provide them basic needs and essentials to spare them the embarrassment of the circumstances that do not allow them to afford them. We teach them and we believe in them and make sure they know they are important and worthy!
Just like adults, students learn through reflection. Creating writing folders allows students to have a portfolio of writing they can reflect on throughout the year. As students complete drafts of various writing tasks, they are able to organize the drafts efficiently for easy identification for the reflection process. During the last quarter students pick two pieces of writing they want to improve on and complete thorough review, edits, revisions, and reflections throughout the process. A written reflection for each piece will be highlighted in the center of the folder for access to those reviewing the folder. Students will also choose a social topic of interest (this is where the books come in), and with evidence obtained from the book as the anchor text, and secondary sources to accompany it, students will write a debatable speech to present to the class in a forensic debate style. These debates will be showcased to administrators to petition for a speech and debate class to be added to course selections for the upcoming school year.
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