The Roving Reporter project is assigned one time to every student in the class. Once the student has completed the assignment, they are done with the project and will not be assigned it again. On their assigned day, the student will write about what they did and learned in each class. The typed paper will then be due the next English class. The grading rubric for the project is below:
Article must be typed and turned in the following assigned day during their English class. This paper is worth 60 points. The breakdown of those points is below:
Ideas and Content: 10 points
Article includes a main idea for each class you participated in.
Organization: 10 points
Your article contains an introduction & conclusion. Your article contains, in the proper order, all of the important events & learning of the day. Each class is a separate paragraph.
Sentence Fluency: 10 points
Used at least three sentences to describe the class activities or what you learned from each class.
Word Choice: 10 points
You gave specific examples of the day. You’ve included at least one quote of the day’s events. You used transition words, action verbs and interesting adjectives to make your writing more descriptive.
Conventions: 10 points
You have used spell check and proofread your article. Your article contains proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization.
Presentation: 10 points
Typed, 12pt font, Arial Name and date at top right corner of page. You turned in your article on time with the correct date reported.
Below is an example of a roving reporter: Name Date Hour
Today was a Tuesday, the second day back from Christmas break so I was just getting back into my school routine. I am going to tell you what I did in each of my classes. It wasn’t too bad of a day.
First hour I was library aid. I hadn’t learned the controls to the computer yet and it was pretty hectic. Mrs. Fairbanks 6th grade class came in and there were a TON of overdue books. I finally got in the rhythm of checking out books so it went smooth from there on out. I put away all the books and then did my spelling packet that’s due Friday for Mrs. Rausch’s class.
My next hour was Reading. Our Anne Frank projects we have been working on were due today. I made a diary of myself and then presented it to the class. There was one entry that I read that had the whole class laughing. The best part in that class was when Cameron Sanchez made these delicious peanut butter things. I loved the taste of them.
Third hour is Writing. I looked at the Roving Reporter Calendar and thought “Crud, I have this on my most chaotic night.” First, we did our daily writing prompt. Then, after doing the writing prompt, we got in our new packet and did 2 pages. It was over nouns, adverbs, verbs, etc. After finishing those we graded one of the pages and we were left with 15 minutes left. I got one page in my spelling packet done and then the bell rang.
The next hour was BORING. It’s Mr. Smith’s class which is Science. I like Mr. Smith and all but I don’t like doing vocabulary words. We have to make up our own definition that takes years! I thought they gave us a book to copy out of, but I’m afraid I was wrong.
After that dreadful class I went to Weight Training. We learned the new stretches that we do daily. It was so quiet we could here noises outside in classrooms. Then we did a “W” cone test. It was quite easy. We hardly broke a sweat. What makes the class exciting is having my friends in there with me (Ryleigh, McKenna, and Baylee).
Next hour is Social Studies. I have neutral feelings about this class. All we do is write notes 24/7. I can just sit there and copy down notes and then the bell rings. Today though was different, we did do notes but I participated in the discussion. It was interesting how a presidential candidate can lose the election even though he had the most votes. After writing notes I went to my next class.
My next class was VPL. My encore class (Mr. Page) was sitting in our desks and protesting against VPL. We had him laughing. We even went as far as making up a “jig” as what Jozie would say. After doing our little protest we went to VPL. I passed a lesson. I waited to do my lesson so I could play games on the computer.
The next hour was my elective, Create Your Own Business. It was the best hour yet. Brett McVey, Cameron Bartleson, and Dylan Jones had the class laughing. They were saying they were going to create a Hooter’s or Twin Peaks for their business. Even Mrs. Whaley gave in a laugh or too. I wanted to make an animal boarding place for mine but I only wrote 4 lines on my paper which is due Friday.
The bell rang and I headed to my next hour, Algebra. I used to dislike that class because of the teacher but now Mrs. Martin moves up from 7th grade science to teach 8th grade math. She actually teaches!! We learned about the Real Number System. I already knew it but since it was a review day, we learned it again.
The bell finally rung and I got out of school quickly. Overall, it was a pretty good day. I have reported all the news from each class.
Below is the most recent roving reporter calendar: