Thursday, April 12, 2012


Today we will continue to prepare for the AIMS writing test.

Using the rough, first draft you wrote last night, we will discuss how to improve it. We will be focusing on developing our thoughts and ideas while still remaining organized. As I told you yesterday, our focus is to write a five-paragraph piece of writing that is both organized and unique. I will begin by showing you my first draft and how I think I can improve it; then, you will have to work on your own first draft to make it even better!

Your homework is to bring a silent reading book to class tomorrow. It needs to be a book that is new to you: meaning that you have never read it before. During AIMS testing next week, you will be required to have a silent reading book with you at all times. Tomorrow, I will be checking to see that you have a silent reading book. This check will be an assignment worth 10 points; please get these points!

Have a wondrous Thursday!

-Mr. O'Mera

Monday, April 9, 2012

Welcome back!


Welcome back to school. I hope your break was as restful as mine; I found it extra hard this morning to roll out of bed! I made it, however, and I am very excited to get back to work with you.

This week, we are going to be preparing for the AIMS Reading and Writing test. Please remember, the AIMS test is not the only "standardized" test you will take in your academic career. You will take the AIMS again in 8th grade and also in 10th grade. After the AIMS, in order to get into college, many standardized tests will await you such as the SAT and the ACT. Preparing for the AIMS test is valuable to you as a student; please, take it seriously!

Today, we took the following notes in our writer's notebook. If you were absent, please be sure to copy them down.

AIMS Reading Test Tips: 
  1. Do a "first read" of the passage: 
    1. read every word
    2. don't skim or skip around
    3. understand the "big picture" or the main idea of the article or passage
    4. keep reading until you get to the end
  2. Read each question carefully
    1. go slowly
    2. make sure you understand the question
  3. Go back and scan the passage for the answer
    1. scan- to scan means to run your eyes quickly over the page searching for key words and phrases
  4. Choose the best answer
    1. many times, more than once correct answer will exist-don't be fooled!
  5. Don't let difficult questions freak you out! 
    1. just do your best
  6. Don't leave any blanks!
  7. When it is time to take a test--just relax
You have no homework this evening. 

Have a productive Monday!

Mr. O'Mera