Happy Halloween! Today we: * Read Aloud from The Crossover-- remember any notes you take while reading can be used on the test next week (only on paper--no iPads for this) * Worked on our rough drafts. You should arrive to class tomorrow with at least 3 (or more) pages of a rough draft. A rough draft means that it is your first try at a story--it's not perfect and you may still make changes to it in later drafts. If you are still feeling stuck on what to write about, please
“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of 15.” --Willa Cather, writer If you are feeling stuck on your rough draft of your personal narrative, sit down with your notebook and this list of questions. See what you can think of for each one--you don't have to write a lot yet, just get a good list going. Your life is full of experiences and things you've learned--it just might take a minute or two to recall them. QUESTIONS FOR MEMOIRISTS A memo
Hello classes! Do you miss me? I hope you are having fun without me. Today you will be completing a variety of explorations. First you'll explore this website, as you are probably doing right now. Then you'll do some other explorations...stay tuned! I can't wait to hear what you discover. HOMEWORK: This weekend I want you to find a cozy and comfortable spot and do some solid reading of one of your library books (or other "choice" book that you are reading.) Give yourself a
Good afternoon, students! Today was library day. Hooray! You did some research at the beginning of class on the scholastic.com Book Wizard. I hope that gave you some ideas of books to look for in the library. If you want to try it again, just go back to that site, click on Book Wizard, and type in your book. Then click the "Book Alike" button. The Book Wizard doesn't have every book, but it probably has something that you've read and liked. This is a good way to explore othe
Today was a sub day...sort of. I was here, lurking in the hallway, giving people reading tests. ;-) Thanks for your cooperation during this process. Today you: * Dropped everything and read * Finished your pre-writing * Started the first draft of your story The graphic below (also posted in class) should help you add more DETAILS to your story. Remember the details will help the reader picture your story in their mind. HOMEWORK: Think about what will make your story better.
Hello Tuesday! Today we: * Continued to work on our Pre-writing brain map and your initial paper outline. (The white sheet from yesterday) * Then you met up with one or two people. One person shared their pre-writing and the partners asked questions that helped the sharer come up with more details to include in their story. Remember you want to think of all the details you can include to help the reader picture the story in their mind. :-) * Then your life changed for ever:
Welcome back! Today we: * took a pre-test about vocabulary related to narratives * learned about our "summative" writing assessment for 1st quarter--a 3-4 page story you will write that is your final "test" for this quarter--all the steps together are worth 80% of your grade. There are 5 steps that we will be working on the next two weeks. * started step 1: Pre-writing. If you are stuck for ideas, remember to think about something SPECIFIC from your life--not "all my trips t