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January 24, 2006
Today in L.A.

Today in Mrs.Abrams' class, we completed a warm-up. The warm-up was "Why Research?"
The answers were the following:
a.To be able to inform someone.
b. To be able to learn more.
c. And to be able to find more research.

Right after the warm-up, we are going to be writing a Thesis-Statement, and here is mine.

Thesis Statement:
"Even though teen smoking is hard to control, can we all overcome the addiction?"

The options on how to write the first sentence in the introductory paragraph are:
a. Find an interesting fact.
b. Find an interesting question.
c. And find an interesting quotation.

Now in class, we are supposed to share our thesis statement with our table groups for three minutes.
Now we are doing things to help us begin our first paragraph. We are to write our first two sentences of our paper. Here is mine....

Did you know that over 442,000 youths die from smoking cigarettes every year? What do you think we can do to stop it?

The first two sentences should do the following things to the reader:
a. Grab the reader.
1. To do this the writer may need to have 1 very interesting fact.
2. Or begin the sentence asking a question.

b. Tells the subject of the research.
c. Gives a hint about what topics may be covered.
d. Uses key words.
e. Have supporting details.
f. Has a concluding statement.
And now we are going to write four more sentences to have the first paragraph done. You should have at-least 6 sentences when you are done, and don't forget to use your thesis statement at the end. Here is mine:
Did you know that over 442,000 youths die from smoking cigarettes every year? What do you think we can do to stop it? Teen smoking is usually used by runnaways, rebelious children, and kids that want to just look cool. One reason that youths use cigarettes is because they want to look older. Which it does, it gives them wrinkles. Even though teen smoking is hard to control, can we overcome it?

After you write down your first rough first paragraph, your table group will share their paragraph with you.
Now, after writing, the class is going to have D.E.A.R. ( Drop Everything And Read) and read for 30 minutes.
Our home work will be to read for 30 minutes, fill out your reading log, and to write for 15 min.
This can be to either finish everything you need for class, your note cards, class work, or even writing about anything.

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