A/R (Accelerated Reader) is a wonderful program here at Hamilton where students read whatever books they would like as long as it is in their reading range. This is called their ZPD. Students will be told what that is by their language arts teacher.

Students can express their opinions and give book recommendations by clicking on the Gaggle link below. Gaggle is an application which has been purchased by DPS for blogging. It has very sophisticated filters which will not allow any inappropriate words to be posted.

Please let me know your opinions about the books you are reading and what books you recommend to the other students by talking with all of the other students on the Gaggle Blog.

THIS IS HOW YOU LOG ON: YOUR USER NAME IS THE FIRST LETTER OF YOUR FIRST NAME, FIRST LETTER OF YOUR MIDDLE NAME AND THE FIRST 4 LETTERS OF YOUR LAST NAME, FOLLOWED BY YOUR BIRTHDAY (USE 6 NUMBERS FOR EXAMPLE IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS FEBRUARY 14, 2009, YOU'D PUT IN 021409) YOUR PASSWORD IS YOUR STUDENT I.D. NUMBER).

WHEN YOU LOG IN, ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE CLICK ON JUMP TO AND SCROLL DOWN TO BLOG. THEN YOU ARE READY TO GO AND TALK ABOUT YOUR AR BOOKS. You will be setting up your own blog. REMEMBER ONLY APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE IS ALLOWED AND THIS SITE IS MONITORED SO NOT ONLY CAN I SEE WHAT YOU WRITE, BUT DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT WILL SEE AS WELL.

YOU ARE ONLY TO USE GAGGLE TO BLOG ABOUT YOUR AR BOOKS. THERE SHOULD BE NO E-MAILING.


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