Principal Student Portfolio Dr. Carl Lawson Sr. Daniel Travis 12 Florence B. Price School of the Fine & Performing Arts Grade 6 - Room 305 May 2002
Quick Links to E-portfolio Topics Pact to Learn Reading Language/Word Study Writing Performance Tasks Assessment and Reflection
Biography My name is Daniel Ian Travis. I’m 12 years old, and my birthday is March 18th. I’m in the 6th grade, and I attend Price Elementary School. I have two nicknames Dan and Dano. I live on 6923 S. Vernon. I live with my mother, two brothers, and my stepfather. My brother, Ethan is 3 years old. My oldest brother, Shawn is 13 years old. Ethan is spoiled rotten. He gets everything he wants such as toys, video games, and candy. He is very intelligent and has the vocabulary of a five-year-old. He’s always up running around creating chaos for everyone in the house. Shawn thinks the definition of teenager is grown. Well that’s what his actions and thoughts display. He thinks he’s too old to be around me. He gets an attitude about every little thing. I love sports cars. I have a collection of model cars. I continue to add every chance I can. I plan to have as many cars as I can from my model collection.
Family & Friends I have five brothers, two sisters, and 12 cousins. I only live with two of my brothers. I don’t live with any of my sisters. All of my siblings that are children, I visit them on the weekends. My oldest brother is Shawn, which is 13. At this point of age we argue a lot. He thinks the definition of teenager is grown up. I think that since he’s a teen now he wants more space. My youngest brother is Eric. He is only 3 months old. I don’t know much about him except everyone says we look alike. My stepbrother is Romealle but I rarely see him. Travon is 5, but I haven’t seen him since he was 3. Ethan is 3 and he is one of my brothers who live with me. He is the biggest pest in the house. My stepsister is 13 and her name is Vanessa. She doesn’t live with us, but she visits often. She lives with my stepbrother Romealle. My youngest sister is 10 and her name is Shay. She moved to Ohio with her mother. I have lots of cousins and their names are Allen, Tesla, Jaqau, Denzel, Jordan, Tabitha, China, Torries, Cydney, Paige, Brian, and Brandon.
Interests & Hobbies My most favorite thing to do is play sports. One of the things I do on my leisure time is play basketball or football. When I’m old enough or when I’m discovered I’ll be in the NFL. Sometimes I read books that are interesting. I also like to draw cartoon characters of my own. My interest in writing is writing poetry or novels. I believe that I’m a great writer. My outside hobbies are going to the show or mall on weekends or vacations. I might go with some friends or my relatives. I usually go to a relative’s house on the weekend.
Extra-Curricular Activities & Special Programs November 2001 – March 2002 F.B.I. graduates During the school year I have been involved in multiple activities such as newspaper, music, and FBI. I attended different programs during and after school. The most exciting program was FBI. From November to March I attended FBI. I met lots of agents and learned lots of their jobs. It was very fun and interesting. My favorite part of the program was fingerprinting. After school I was on the newspaper staff. I used computers to type papers and do other special task. I learned more about computers from coming 2 days a week. I might want to be a graphic designer when I’m older from my experience. I attended music for a short time. I had to quit, because it was interfering with my schoolwork. It was fun while it lasted.
Special Program: A class course designed for students to: • Acquire skills to live happy, healthy, and successful lives totally on our own • Prepare to deal with the challenges of life • Refrain from smoking, drinking and use of drugs • Gain knowledge and skills to: • Increase self-esteem • Manage anxiety • Say “no” to unfair requests • Make new friends • Stand up for your rights November 2001 – May 2002
Digital Portfolio Overview This digital portfolio is a partial collection of my work, representing my accomplishments as a reader and writer. It contains some of my best pieces and an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the pieces. Some entries are final products while others are works-in-progress. The work displayed is a snapshot of activities and tasks undertaken over time. It shows the progress that has been made during the year.My portfolios shows where I have been and what I have accomplished.
Class Syllabus Overview Welcome to the exciting and wonderful world of sixth grade in Room 305! As students in this class, you will use knowledge gained in prior grades to actively participate in new learning experiences… My goal is to create a learning environment that is comfortable and safe that will result in the increased reading and writing skills of students. Activities, tasks and projects for the school year have been thoroughly planned to challenge students. The design of this class is to integrate all areas of the curriculum applying Howard Gardner’s theory of the Multiple Intelligences emphasizing reading and writing. Taken from September 2001Syllabus for Manning/Room 305
The Pact to Learn The “ Learner’s Creed “ is a document that I signed that meant that I’d be and stay committed to school. I signed, because I agreed. I created goals for the first quarter that I’d try to accomplish.
Initial Thought aboutReading & Writing I completed a survey that displayed my interest in reading. It describes what I read and how I feel about reading. This survey displayed how I felt about writing. How I thought of myself as a writer.
Reading Workshop • Read one or more chapter books each week • Read books that you enjoy. • Read a variety of literature genre, authors and topics • Lead a book talk • Practice good reading habits by using graphic organizers, keeping a vocabulary log, discussing the book, etc.). • Writing at least one meaningful reading response letter each week. • Keep records of reading in the Reading Response Notebook. • Follow the suggestions explained in mini lessons, guided reading and literature circles to improve reading comprehension.
Reading List I read 15 of the 25 books needed for this year. I read 3 of the required books, Maniac Magee, Bud Not Buddy, Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry.
Reading Response Requirements Possible Topics for Response Letter • What the book is about • How the book makes you feel • Why you think the author wrote the book • What you would change about the book • What you found interesting • What you are wondering about • What you don’t understand or questions you have
Reading Response Responding to literature shows that I can explain a book in detail and adequately. That I have interest in series books. I write neat and use a convention of writing to allow the reader to understand my thoughts.
Books I Recommend Title: Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Author: Mildred D. Taylor Explanation: Mildred D. Taylor uses adjectives vividly, so you can use your imagination. The story is based on African American struggles in the past years. The genre type is historical fiction. Title: Maniac Magee Author: Jerry Spinelli Explanation: Maniac Magee is a very imaginative book. It’s mostly joyful, but there are some saddening parts.
Use knowledge of language to keep reading continuously Maintain a good rate (slow down to problem solve then speed up) Use rapid automatic word recognition and word-solving skills Change voice tone and use pausing to create phrase units that convey meaning Read punctuation and phrase units to reflect the intended meaning of the text Vary rate and intonation to match text, audience, and purpose Adjust reading for different genres and different purposes Reading Fluency
Oral Recording • Title: These High Green Hills • Author: Jan Karon
smart Mathematics Language/Word Study Focused educated English Reading
Language / Word Study • Listen to read-alouds and participate in group discussions • Use standard formation of letters in handwriting • Participate in the interactive vocabulary activities, add words to the word wall • Create and perform in Reader’s Theater • Use rules and principles (spelling, word decoding) introduced in mini lessons in writing and speech
Language & Words In Action Always capitalize proper nouns. Use a comma after stating a person’s name. Bog: A damp swampy ground, filled with decayed plants Lynch: To kidnap and kill Defiant: To be bold Sacred: worship, honor Chafe: to irritate by rubbing Artifacts: ancient objects Examples Eric, do your homework. Eric, do your homework.
Writer’s Workshop • Write your ideas for writing in the Writer’s Notebook (journal) • Write for a variety of purposes (narrative, descriptive, persuasive, expository) • Follow the writing process every time you write • Use the tools (rubrics and checklist) during writing • Read poetry during Poetry Club • Write poetry whenever you want • Share your writing with others • Follow the suggestions given during mini lessons, conferences and peer conferences to improve writing
Writing Task: Brainstorming/Pre-Write Brainstorming shows what I was going to explain in my writing. I wrote exactly what came to mind.
Writing Task: Writing & Revising This shows how I improved from draft to draft. I learned from my mistakes and took advice from peers and my teacher.
Writing Task: Editing & Publishing This shows how I improved from when I started writing. That I included topics from my brainstorming.
Keeping a Journal • Record your thoughts, ideas, fears, hopes… • Respond to what goes on around you • Write original poetry • Record your favorite poems • Elaborate on or reflect upon a previous journal entry
Journal Entry It shows how I express myself and how I felt at the time. I completed an entry each day and this is the most important entry to me.
Poetry Anthology Description What is Poetry? • A few words that make big thing • A description of something • Words that flow together • Has rhythm • Short songs words put together so well, they refresh your mind • Creative, imaginative • Has different forms and all different types
Life It shows my interest in writing poetry. It allowed me to work with computer graphics. I enjoyed putting the anthology together. exert Daniel Travis Daniel African Negro Intelligent Equal Leader
Use soft voices Take turns Encourage everyone to participate Listen to others Stay with your groups be thoughtful and kind Ask for help when you need it Give help when someone asks for it Keep accurate records Assign roles of group members Read the task instructions aloud Discuss the task Agree on the procedure to complete the task Record the information in the required format Check to make sure al group members understand Group Work
Group Work We conducted research on Ancient China and displayed it on a board. I contributed to the group equally as much as my classmates. We followed the guidelines and completed the project together.
Team Spirit! March 2002 Gear Up Adventure Education Program of Northeastern Illinois University conducted two team building courses with Room 305. Cooperative Games course was a series of team building games that took place in the gymnasium. We were successful at all of the tasks. Anger Management was a group discussion on how to control anger held in the classroom. Go team! We did it together! All for one and one for all!
Independent Project Requirements • Read instructions carefully • Take notes during instructional sessions on how to complete the task • Plan out steps and schedule time to complete the task • Use specified class time and after school to request additional help • Ask parents/guardians to assist with the task • Submit the completed task (required information and format) on time
Independent Project This is a slide from my PowerPoint presentation, Natural Landforms. It shows that I can use a computer and how I used technology to display information in PowerPoint, such as graphics and animations.
Assessment & Reflection Assessment & Reflection
Teacher Assessment • Academic Anecdotal from Extended Message for Report Card scanned or snap shot
Reflection • Describe overall how portfolio shows growth as a student from beginning of school year to now. • Explain any aspect of learning environment that improved your academic performance (Hint: group work, conferencing, after school, Gear Up Friday Session, LifeSkills, FBI Junior Agent, etc.) • What will you continue to do or change about your academic progress/behavior as a student in the future?