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October 21, 2006
Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Warm Up:
Last night I _____________________ in the neighborhood, and then I _____________.
Experiencing Halloween as a 7th grader _______________________________. A lesson learned from last night’s experience would be _____________________________. Showing a sense of responsibility was important, for the reason that____________________. Therefore, I _________________________________. All in all Halloween 2006 was _______________________, since__________________. Halloween 2006 will be remembered, because ___________________________.

Reading logs will be collected on Thursday, Nov. 9. Students will need to show 5 consecutive reading log entries between Wed., Nov. 1 and Wed., Nov. 8.


Activity 1:
Students will complete a reflection log on the personal writing unit of study. This will be collected for a test grade.
As a class, go over each item on the test with examples:
1. This piece shows that I’m able to use_________, _________, ________ in my narrative writing because…

Ask the class to give criteria or guidelines that are specifically for writing a personal narrative. Some of the answers should be:
3 types of dialogue
a lesson learned
beginning, middle, and ending paragraphs
sensory details
transitions in the 3 middle paragraphs

2. This piece shows I really understand the content because…
Ask the class to give some specific examples of responses. . Some of the answers should be:
I used…
3 types of dialogue when I explained…
showed the speaker’s personality
kept the action moving
added interesting facts
a lesson learned which was…
beginning, middle, and ending paragraphs when I…
sensory details to describe…

3. If I could show this piece to anyone, I would show it to _______________ because…

Students need to explain specifically what they have included in this paper that they have not in any other piece of writing.

4. People who knew me last year would never believe this piece because…

What evidence does the student explain in their writing that shows improvement in their writing from last year?

5. The most challenging part of this writing piece was ____________ because…

Students need to identify the most challenging part of writing this paper. Explain why this part was such a challenge.


6. My (parents, friend, teacher)(Circle one.) liked this piece because…


When students conferred (talked with) a peer, a friend, a teacher, a parent; what was a positive comment made on this piece of writing?


7. One thing I have learned about myself is…

Students are to identify and explain the work ethic involved in the completion of this assignment. What was involved in completing each of the steps in the writing process?


8. I still have questions about…

What are some of the areas of the writing process or the specific criteria for writing a personal narrative that needs more work? “None” is not an answer.


Comments:
Students are to write any comments they want me to know in order to improve the teaching of this unit or comments in the areas of this unit that were the most helpful.


Homework:
Night Write- Take a writing vacation.
Reading-Read your challenging chapter book for 30 minutes and complete a reading log entry answering the 5W's.

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