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May 29, 2007
Summer Fun!

Enjoy your summer, but don't forget to "Journal" and play around with grammar. Both of the web sites below have great information and suggestions for practice. While you are reading, notice how your favorite authors write. What are they doing to keep you interested? How do they create a "picture" for you to see?
Check out these web sites:

Great web site with examples and guidelines for the different types of essays.


Grammar terms, examples, and practice web site

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 08:53 PM

May 22, 2007
Write away during the last week of school!

Students will continue to work on their "Image Grammar" projects and refine their paragraph writing. Ask your daughter/son about the 'magic 3'.

Summer reading list has been handed out to students. All rising 8th graders must read the Pearl this summer, and at least two additional books from the list.

Have a wonderful summer.

HOMEWORK:
Read, read, and read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 09:11 AM

May 18, 2007
Fabulous Friday!

We discovered the Magic 3 in writing today and used it in our own sentence creation.
Students continued to work on their Image Grammar projects.

SKILLS:
Identifying parts of speech in real world writing
Selecting descriptive examples of the eight parts of speech
Developing spatial design to present examples
Expanding descriptive vocabulary

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 01:31 PM

May 17, 2007
Thursday write away!

Continued to work on daily paragraph writing and the project will continue to fill our time.

SKILLS:
Identifying parts of speech in real world writing
Selecting descriptive examples of the eight parts of speech
Developing spatial design to present examples
Expanding descriptive vocabulary

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 04:16 PM

Thursday write away!

Continued to work on daily paragraph writing and the project will continue to fill our time.

SKILLS:
Identifying parts of speech in real world writing
Selecting descriptive examples of the eight parts of speech
Developing spatial design to present examples
Expanding descriptive vocabulary

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 04:16 PM

May 15, 2007
Write Time Tuesday!

Field Day tomorrow! Have a great day!

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 10:54 AM

May 14, 2007
Monday's Write Place

Since I attended an inservice all day Friday in preparation for next year, our substitute teacher helped students use their Writing & Grammar Workbook to review prepositions for their "Image Grammar" project.
Students are transitioning from the last corrections on their expository process essays to collecting examples for their final project. Daily paragraph writing and the project will continue to fill our time these last two weeks of school.

SKILLS:
Identifying parts of speech in real world writing
Selecting descriptive examples of the eight parts of speech
Developing spatial design to present examples
Expanding descriptive vocabulary

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 03:09 PM

May 10, 2007
Thursday's Write Connection

A few students are finishing their last corrections to their essays. Students who have completed their last set of corrections have started working on the "Image Grammar" project. This is a creative opportunity to review the parts of speech, increase descriptive vocabulary and improve written expression. Since we still have a great deal of writing to practice, improve, and explore, we will be very busy (up to the very last minute of school). Write-On!

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 05:30 PM

May 08, 2007
Write Track Tuesday

The presentations have helped students notice rough spots in their essays; therefore, students will continue to finish their final revising/editing tomorrow. Today we finished most presentations and enjoyed DEAR time.

HOMEWORK:
Read
Bring in THROW-AWAY gardening, cooking, sport, and outdoor magazines for the project - Thank you!

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 03:57 PM

May 07, 2007
Monday's Write Place

Students began presenting their essays. As students read their essays, another student followed the directions to accomplish the task or skill. Most presentations went very well, and third period especially enjoyed the popcorn.
Students marked parts in their essays that needed clarification, and most will continue to revise and edit their essays for another day or two.
We will be starting an "Image Grammar" projects and be working on paragraph organization until the end of the year.

SKILLS:
Researching facts for introductory paragraph
Writing steps to teach a process
Developing graphic organizer - web
Writing thesis statement
Writing middle paragraphs of rough draft
Adding transition words to steps
Writing introductory and concluding paragraphs of rough draft
Adding topic sentences
Adding clincher sentences
Revise/edit/revise/edit

HOMEWORK:
Read
If you did not present today - bring materials needed to teach your lesson tomorrow.
Bring in THROW-AWAY sport and outdoor magazines for the project - Thank you!

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 05:20 PM

May 04, 2007
Fabulous Friday

Several students continued writing or revising their rough drafts; some have turned in their copies for editing/grading.

SKILLS:
Researching facts for introductory paragraph
Writing steps to teach a process
Developing graphic organizer - web
Writing thesis statement
Writing middle paragraphs of rough draft
Adding transition words to steps
Writing introductory and concluding paragraphs of rough draft
Adding topic sentences
Adding clincher sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read
We start presentations on Monday - bring materials needed to teach your lesson. It should be great fun!

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 04:09 PM

May 03, 2007
Thursday - Write Away!

Students continued writing or revising their rough drafts, focusing on topic and clincher sentences for each paragraph. Introductory and concluding paragraphs also received extra attention.

SKILLS:
Researching facts for introductory paragraph
Writing steps to teach a process
Developing graphic organizer - web
Writing thesis statement
Writing middle paragraphs of rough draft
Adding transition words to steps
Writing introductory and concluding paragraphs of rough draft
Adding topic sentences
Adding clincher sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read
Revise rough draft - topic and clincher sentences for each paragraph.

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 06:11 PM

May 02, 2007
Wednesday's Write Place

As students finished writing their rough drafts they began to focus on topic and clincher sentences for each paragraph. Introductory and concluding paragraphs also received extra attention.

SKILLS:
Researching facts for introductory paragraph
Writing steps to teach a process
Developing graphic organizer - web
Writing thesis statement
Writing middle paragraphs of rough draft
Adding transition words to steps
Writing introductory and concluding paragraphs of rough draft
Adding topic sentences
Adding clincher sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read
Finish your rough draft and begin revising.

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 01:08 PM

May 01, 2007
Tuesday's "Write Stuff Publishing"

Second period: Students who began their middle paragraphs last night for homework continued to write the middle paragraphs. Those who finished their homework last night began their introductory and concluding paragraphs of their rough drafts.

Third period: Students finished their pre-writing activities, graphic organizer/web and thesis statement. Several students began their middle paragraphs last night for homework and were able to continue writing the middle paragraphs of their rough drafts. Those who did not complete their homework assignment started their middle paragraphs in class and will need to write all of their rough draft tonight.

SKILLS:
Researching facts for introductory paragraph
Writing steps to teach a process
Developing graphic organizer - web
Writing thesis statement
Writing middle paragraphs of rough draft
Writing introductory and concluding paragraphs of rough draft
Adding topic sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read
Finish all paragraphs (4-5) of your rough draft.

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 12:29 PM

April 30, 2007
Monday's Write Source

Today some students worked on finishing their pre-writing activities (each student is working at a different point in completing and checking off the pre-writing steps) while others were able to begin the middle paragraphs of their rough drafts.

SKILLS:
Researching facts for introductory paragraph
Writing steps to teach process
Developing graphic organizer - web
Writing thesis statement
Writing middle paragraphs of rough draft

HOMEWORK:
Read
Write "materials and equipment" paragraph and "steps" paragraph(s) DOUBLE SPACE and use your web and sticky notes.

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 05:00 PM

April 27, 2007
Write Away Friday

Today students worked on pre-writing activities (each student is working at a different point in completing and checking off the pre-writing steps):
Researching facts for introductory paragraph
Writing steps to teach process
Developing graphic organizer - web
Writing thesis statement

Monday students will begin writing their rough draft, consisting of 4 to 6 paragraphs.

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 03:54 PM

April 26, 2007
Write Time Thursday

All students continue to work on their planning, organizing, and research of beneficial facts for their independent "how-to" essay. Humor and descriptive word choice is encouraged. Students have been cautioned to pick a topic that can be demonstrated at school safely. Cooking essays may present some problems and need to be carefully discussed with parents as we have no way to complete the cooking at school.

SKILLS:
Writing a thesis statement
Researching facts to develop interest or a purpose for reading the essay
Outlining instructional steps for How-To writing
Developing introductory paragraph
Turning instructional steps into middle paragraphs with transition words and phrases
Developing concluding paragraph

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 01:50 PM

April 25, 2007
Write Away Wednesday

All students are in the planning and organizing stages of their independent "how-to" essay. Each student was encouraged to pick a favorite activity to "teach" to someone. Humor is encouraged.

SKILLS:
Recognizing types of expository writing
Outlining instructional steps for How-To writing
Developing introductory paragraph
Turning instructional steps into middle paragraphs with transition words and phrases
Developing concluding paragraph

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 02:28 PM

April 24, 2007
Write Track Tuesday

Second period began developing their topic for their individual How-to essays and working on their steps.
Third period presented their toothbrushing demonstrations; another day of enjoying creative, how-to essays and laughter.
Both classes participated in DEAR Gorilla time.

SKILLS:
Recognizing types of expository writing
Outlining instructional steps for How-To writing
Developing introductory paragraph
Turning instructional steps into middle paragraphs with transition words and phrases
Developing concluding paragraph

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 09:10 PM

April 23, 2007
Monday's Write Spot

Second period began our toothbrushing demonstrations; an enjoyable combination of expository writing, creative writing, and laughter.

Third period continued to work on their expository essays in anticipation of instructing one another in the fine art of brushing one's teeth.

SKILLS:
Recognizing types of expository writing
Outlining instructional steps for How-To writing
Developing introductory paragraph
Turning instructional steps into middle paragraphs with transition words and phrases
Developing concluding paragraph

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by Mrs. Beals at 10:14 PM

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