- a paraphrase or summary ("in other words," "to me this means"),
- personal connection ("I remember . . .," "I've seen, or felt, or heard . . ."),
- general-to-specific reasoning ("for example . . ."),
- specific-to-general reasoning ("consider this analogy," "a simile or metaphor would be").
At this point in the year, three levels of response are the goal for this exercise:
The annual SC MESAS “E Contest” for 4th-6th Grade is designed for students to have fun and learn something by competing in the contest. Each student who participates will be recognized and each school that participates will have at least one winner. Winners will be announced in the SCJAS and SCAS newsletters and the SCAS Bulletin as well as the school morning news show.
The deadline for entry is Thursday, March 1, 2018; please deliver your entry to Mr. Durden during the week of February 19th-23rd so he has time to organize and send all student entries at once.
We encourage students to use reference resources of all types, including the internet. We advise against parents' assistance in finding the answers. This is a competitive contest meant to exercise the students' new skills of learning and exploring through research.
If you need more information to understand these quotes, please go to
and skim it before writing a response.
Architecture can be a form of communication, and we respond based on our own experience and our own visual aesthetic, our reactions to form, balance, symmetry, proportion, texture, and color.
What are the three beach resorts below communicating to potential guests?
What is your reaction?
Which one would you be most likely to visit?
Student Reflection: Please use the linked Google Doc to tell the story of how you spent your ALERT day during this project. Some sentence starters--
My favorite quote from Focus Group has been . . .
During the architecture project, I have . . .
On the architecture field study, I . . .
In the math activities for Getting into Shapes, I have learned . . .
During my Independent Investigations and extra time, I have . . .
I have discovered I am really good at . . .
I would like to get better at . . .
The most important thing to me about ALERT is . . .
Your comments can be in a friendly informal letter format and tone. Remember your audience and give them everything they need to understand your ideas and message.
Work smarter, not harder! Look back over your architecture notes, math notes, and focus group responses. Consider including your reflections about field studies and favorite proverbs. Copy and paste portions of your best writing, then make changes with transition phrases, sentence starters, or endings to communicate clearly.
Mr. Kevin Durden
4th & 5th Grade ALERT Teacher at Lonnie B. Nelson and
4th Grade ALERT at Lake Carolina Elementary, Upper Campus