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August 18, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005

Write Source – pg. 468-498
WAG chapter 14 pg. 296-307

Quiz on the 4 types of sentences (pg. 87-88 in the WAG Workbook)

Warm Up:

Share your best Night Write of the week with students at your table.

Activity 1:
Quiz on the 4 types of sentences

Activity 2:
Independently students will answer the following questions using Write Source – pg. 468-498. The following are a list of the questions with the answers.

1. How can I use words effectively in my own writing?
Using nouns
Using pronouns
Choosing verbs
Describing with adjectives
Describing with adverbs
Connecting with prepositions
Connecting with conjunctions
2. What can I do with nouns in my writing?
a. Using concrete, abstract, and collective nouns
b. Using proper and common nouns
c. Using general and specific nouns
d. Show possession
e. Rename the subject
f. Make the meaning of the verb complete
g. Add specific information
3. How can pronouns improve my writing?
a. Avoid repeating nouns
4. How can I use pronouns properly?
a. Avoid agreement problems (Pronoun and its antecedent)
i. Agreement in number
ii. Agreement in person
iii. Agreement in gender
5. What else should I know about pronouns?
a. Make your references clear
6. How can I use verbs effectively?
a. Choosing verbs: Writers must constantly make choices, and one of their most important choices is which verb to use to express their thoughts clearly.
i. Action verbs
ii. Linking verbs
iii. Helping verbs
iv. Irregular verbs
b. Show powerful action
c. Create active voice
d. Show when something happens (past, present, future)
7. How else can I use verbs?
a. Show special types of action
b. Form verbals
i. Gerunds
ii. Participles
iii. infinitives
8. How can I strengthen my writing with adjectives?
a. Describing with adjectives
b. Comparative and superlative
c. Use sensory details
d. Form extra-strength modifiers
e. Include adjectives in the predicate
f. Be general or specific
9. How can I use adverbs effectively?
a. Describing with adverbs
i. Comparative and superlative adverbs
ii. Describe actions
iii. Add emphasis
iv. Express frequency
v. Be precise
10. How can I use prepositional phrases?
a. Add information (use as an adjective to describe either a noun or a pronoun
11. How can I use conjunctions?
a. Connect a series of ideas
b. Expand sentences (with coordinating conjunctions)

Students will share their answers with the students at their table.

Activity 3:
Review Chapter 14(pg 296-307)in WAG on nouns and pronouns.

Collected Papers:
Quiz on the 4 types of sentences
1 best Night Write of the week

Collect/respond/react/reflect daily in his/her Write To Learn (3-5 pages per week plus accurate completion of reading log daily)
Possible topic: The grade I want in this class is ______________. I know I will need to….
Read for 30 minutes each night in a challenging chapter book and complete an entry on the reading log. The one sentence summary must include the answers to who, what, when, where, and why.

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