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March 27, 2006
Class notes for 3/27/06

Today in class we started with a warm-up. This warm-up was; Appetizers – pg. 46 Students will read and discuss the keys to effective writing. We will then determine which ones we need to complete now. Students will then read “Getting the Big Picture” on page 233. Review what specific information must be included in each paragraph. The class will take out a sheet of notebook paper and fold it into fourths. Label each section with the 4 ways to start an opening paragraph. Students will write 4 different lead paragraphs for their persuasive paper.
1. Ask a question
2. Quote someone
3. Share an experience
4. Give background information
Students will ask their writing buddy which lead is the most effective for the essay.
Students will write the 1st draft of their beginning paragraph to their problem-solution persuasive essay. Be sure to: Use the lead that your writing buddy suggested
introduce the problem,
put your opinion statement as the last sentence, and
make sure this paragraph has 5-7 sentences.

The homework for tonight is:
1. Read for 30 minutes and fill out an entry in your reading logs.
2. Students will complete the 1st draft of their problem-solution persuasive essay. Be sure to:
• Use the lead your writing buddy suggested
• Introduce the problem
• Put your opinion statement as the last sentence
• Make sure this paragraph has 5-7 sentences.

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