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January 31, 2007

Write-Place Wednesday

Student continued locating and collecting resources for our research project.
Several students are in the "January slumps" and are struggling to complete their homework or remembering to bring it to class. Now is a good time to double check organization and agendas. Thank you!

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.

HOMEWORK:

KS workbook, pg. 49, sentences 4-6 & pg. 51, sentences 7-10
Read for 30 minutes 5 days each week/Book report-You should be working on your book reports as you read, adding information as you go along.

Posted by Beals at 01:59 PM

January 30, 2007

Tuesday's Write-On organizing research

Today we enjoyed DEAR Gorilla and organized the research information we have currently collected. Students will go to the computer lab tomorrow and have an opportunity to search for additional resources to meet their expectation of various resources.

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.

HOMEWORK:

• KS workbook, pg. 49, sentences 4-6 & pg. 51, sentences 4-6

• Read for 30 minutes 5 days each week/Book report-You should be working on your book reports as you read, adding information as you go along.

Posted by Beals at 03:10 PM

January 29, 2007

Research, research, and more research!

We used the computer lab to continue our research for a variety of sources (at least 4 different types of sources). Since we cannot use standard search engines at school, students (with parent permission) can check out additional resources using google, ask jeeves, etc. - optional.

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.

HOMEWORK:

• Read for 30 minutes 5 days each week/Book report-You should be working on your book reports as you read, adding information as you go along.

Posted by Beals at 02:48 PM

January 26, 2007

Friday's Write-Connection

We connected to the Destiny system which catalogs all the books and resources in our media center; the first of many steps in our research process.
Ask your son/daughter why we are doing research. Hopefully they will remember that our purpose is to learn and practice the steps in of locating research sources.

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.
Writing for a variety of genre.
Reading a variety of genre.

HOMEWORK:

• Read for 30 minutes 5 days each week/Book report-You should be working on your book reports as you read, adding information as you go along. The book report is a variation on the daily reading log.

Posted by Beals at 12:49 PM

January 25, 2007

Thursday's Write-Spot

Students used the MARK strategy as they identifyed dependent and independent clauses in complex sentences. To expand the activity, students then composed complex sentences from sentence starters provided in their workbook.

We also continued revising the Response to Literature power points. Power points have been graded for design and content; we are completing revisions for the grammar/mechanics grade. Some students have come early or stayed after school to spend additional time on their power point. I am available Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thurs. mornings and Mon., Tues., and Wed., afternoons.

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.
Writing for a variety of genre.
Reading a variety of genre.

HOMEWORK:

• Read for 30 minutes 5 days each week/Book report-You should be working on your book reports as you read, adding information as you go along. The book report is a variation on the daily reading log.

Posted by Beals at 01:40 PM

January 24, 2007

Write-On Wednesday

Everyone received their topic for their research project and began working on their Research Plan handout. Tomorrow we will be on the computers checking out various ways to find information.

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.
Writing for a variety of genre.
Reading a variety of genre.

HOMEWORK:

• Read for 30 minutes 5 days each week/Book report-You should be working on your book reports as you read, adding information as you go along. The book report is a variation on the daily reading log.

Posted by Beals at 05:11 PM

January 22, 2007

Monday's Write-Away

Complex sentence review was our focus today. Students will be correcting the sentences they wrote last week.

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.
Writing for a variety of genre.
Reading a variety of genre.

HOMEWORK:

Posted by Beals at 03:39 PM

January 20, 2007

Flying Friday

Friday moved too fast! However, we did enjoy the Research Carousel activity, sharing and listening to ideas from our class and other classes. We will steadily move along the research trail, with constant review and application of sentence variety/structure, paragraph structure, and the conventions (grammar) in our writing. Write-On!

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.
Writing for a variety of genre.
Reading a variety of genre.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 30 minutes 5 days each week/Book report-You should be working on your book reports as you read, adding information as you go along. The book report is a variation on the daily reading log.

Students need to bring a zip-lock bag and 40 note cards to class.

3rd Period - ONLY - Complete workbook pages 127-130. Do not rush!!

Posted by Beals at 12:03 PM

January 17, 2007

Write-Track Wednesday - Addition

Just in case the directions and worksheet won't open as a Word document for you:

Homework directions
pdf version

Writing Complex Sentences Directions

Homework worksheet
pdf version

Complex Sentences Wk 2

Posted by Beals at 04:53 PM

Write-Track Wednesday

We went over the complex sentences we wrote for homework Tuesday night, took the sentence formula quiz (retake on Friday), and continued learning about research.
I have an inservice tomorrow, so our class will have a wonderful sub. Everyone bring their best manners to class, please.

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.
Writing for a variety of genre.
Reading a variety of genre.

HOMEWORK:
Read/Book report
Review/practice writing complex sentences - complete the complex sentence worksheet - both sides.
(I have attached copies of the directions and the worksheet. You may download and print them if you don't have your copy from class.)

Homework directions:

Writing complex sentences directions-3.doc

Homework worksheet:

Complex sentences wk 2.doc

Posted by Beals at 01:45 PM

January 16, 2007

Terrific Tuesday!

Welcome back from the long weekend. Today we are in the media center learning about research as we start our research process this week. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be using both the research process and the writing process to complete our research papers. Our focus will be on the research aspect, working with multiple resources from various sources (internet, encyclopedia, books, periodicals), writing bibliographies, and correct citing of resources. Each student will work with at least two (2) resources from each of the four (4) areas/sources. To manage time and pacing, each student will write only a section of the class research paper, rather than an extensive paper, with focus on: paragraph structure (topic sentence, detail sentences, clincher/concluding sentence, transition words), revision (using $100 words, starting each sentence in a paragraph with a different word), editing (COPS), and sentence variety (simple, compound, and complex).

WRITE-ON!

SKILLS:
Writing complex sentences.
Writing paragraphs with topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Applying MARK and COPS strategies to writing.
Writing for a variety of genre.
Reading a variety of genre.

HOMEWORK:
Read/Book report

Review/practice writing complex sentences - complete the complex sentence worksheet - both sides.
(I have attached copies of the directions and the worksheet. You may download and print them if you don't have your copy from class.

Direction for the homework - worksheet:

Writing complex sentences directions-2.doc

Copy of the homework - worksheet
Complex sentences wk 1.doc

Posted by Beals at 08:39 AM

January 11, 2007

Friday's Write-Spot

We will have a sub tomorrow (Friday, 1/12). Please bring your best manners to class.

Homework:
Read 20-30 minutes. Our goal is to read at least 100 pages a week. Students will complete a book report for each book and turn in when they have finished the book. Students have the book report handout and can start answering the questions as they read - Don't wait until the end!

Posted by Beals at 02:24 PM

Write-Away Thursday

Complex sentences were our focus of instruction today. After enjoying the 'Mad Scientist' activity yesterday, identifying independent and dependent clauses and MARK-ing the complex sentences kept us busy today. The excitement of sentence variety!

Skills:
Expanding sentences
Identifying clauses (dependent/independent)
Complex sentences
COPS editing/proof reading
Paragraph construction (topic and clincher sentences)

HOMEWORK:
Workbook pg. 47 - Follow the examples from page 46 to MARK your sentences correctly. We will check this tomorrow.
Read 20-30 minutes. Our goal is to read at least 100 pages a week. Students will complete a book report for each book and turn in when they have finished the book. Students have the book report handout and can start answering the questions as they read - Don't wait until the end!

Posted by Beals at 02:22 PM

January 10, 2007

Wednesday's Write Source

Hmmmmmm! I still have not seen a printed page of Mon. or Tues.' blog with a parent signature for BONUS points. I'm worried that my students have forgotten how to use their computers. Horror of horrors!

If you are reading this blog - you have moved to the level of responsible student. Fabulous! Print this page, ask a parent to read it and sign, bring back to class tomorrow for BONUS points.

Skills:
Expanding sentences
Identifying clauses (dependent/independent)
Identifying phrases
COPS editing/proof reading
Paragraph construction (topic and clincher sentences)

HOMEWORK:
Do NOT do Workbook pg. 47 - We will cover this tomorrow.
Read 20-30 minutes. Our goal is to read at least 100 pages a week. Students will complete a book report for each book and turn in when they have finished the book. Students have the book report handout and can start answering the questions as they read - Don't wait until the end!

Posted by Beals at 04:28 PM

January 09, 2007

Write-Time Tuesday

Today was filled with a variety of activities. Some students are completing their Response to Literature project and preparing it for grading, others began DEAR, and all took the pre-test for complex sentences. Upcoming units - complex sentences, research and research papers.

BONUS points: No one brought in a copy of yesterday's blog post with a parent signature. Checking our blog daily may be beneficial to your academic health. Check away!

Homework:
For those students struggling to get back into the swing of things - finish yesterday's homework.
Tonight - Read 20-30 minutes. Our goal is to read at least 100 pages a week. Students will complete a book report for each book and turn in when they have finished the book. Students have the book report handout and can start answering the questions as they read - Don't wait until the end!
Happy Reading.

Posted by Beals at 04:08 PM

January 08, 2007

Welcome to the Write-Place!

Welcome back and congratulations for checking our blog. You are in the Write-Place!! A parent signature on a printed copy of this page will earn BONUS points.

Skills review:
Topic sentence
Clincher sentence
Transition words
Simple and compound sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read for 20-30 minutes/When finished with book - finish book report form
Complete KS Workbook pg. 39 (2nd period - 6 of 8 sentences/3rd period - all 7 sentences).

Posted by Beals at 11:42 PM

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