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March 30, 2007

Write-Stuff Friday

Have a wonderful spring break!

HOMEWORK: Discover the BEST book ever and read, read, and read some more!

Posted by Beals at 02:47 PM

March 29, 2007

Write Track Thursday

Students are reviewing and explaining (or providing examples) of the "10 Steps of Research" on their posters. We will read our research sections tomorrow and finish posters.

SKILLS:
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Researching facts
Writing note cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:

Read for 20-30 minutes 5 days each week. Students need to finish reading their last 5 books by May 11th - A total of 25 books for the year.

Posted by Beals at 01:05 PM

March 28, 2007

Wednesday's Write Place

We continued to work on "The 10 Steps of the Research Process" posters today. This has been a great way to review the steps we have used the past two months and present them in a different (and for some students - more interesting) format.

SKILLS:
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Researching facts
Writing note cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:

Read for 20-30 minutes 5 days each week.

Posted by Beals at 08:48 PM

March 27, 2007

Write Time Tuesday

Students are continuing to refine their final copy or work on their research steps posters.

SKILLS:
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Researching facts
Writing note cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page

HOMEWORK:
KS worksheet pgs. 8 & 12, sent. 6-10
Read for 20-3- minutes

Posted by Beals at 07:48 PM

March 26, 2007

Monday's Write Source

Most students have finished the final copies of their research paragraphs. Many are working on their posters of the "10 Steps of the Research Process". Creativity as well as correct information will count on the grade.

Remember - Bring an exciting book to read tomorrow during DEAR.

SKILLS:
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Transition words and phrases
Parenthetical citations
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:
Worksheet review - pgs. 8 & 12, sentences 1-5
Read for 20-30 minutes 5 days each week. A few students need to turn in a book report.

Posted by Beals at 04:20 PM

March 22, 2007

Thursday is the Write-Time

Mrs. Hendrix's presentation today on technical writing was great. Students categorized/organized a large selection of words and phrases into groups having to do with technical writing. Then they adjusted their groups as Mrs. Hendrix lead the discussion about technical writing. Ask your son/daughter for some examples of technical writing they have used in the past 24 hours.

We did not get to work in the academy lab today, so students will continue to work on the final copy of their research paragraphs tomorrow, and we will read them

BONUS POINTS - Write a paragraph describing how you (not people in general) have used technical writing over this past week. Include both topic and clincher sentences, and specific examples.

SKILLS:
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Transition words and phrases
Parenthetical citations
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:
Read for 20-30 minutes 5 days each week. Some students still need to finish

Posted by Beals at 07:37 PM

March 20, 2007

Tuesday is on the Write-Track

Students, you are on the Write-Track by checking our blog!

All students turned in their rough drafts for grading today. Some started typing their final copy today and others will start tomorrow, and all students will be reading their research sections to the class later this week - Thursday or Friday.

BONUS POINTS - What is technical writing?
Can you tell me before we go to the media center on Thursday?

We will go to the media center Thursday for a presentation by Mrs. Hendrix on 'technical writing'.

SKILLS:
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Transition words and phrases
Parenthetical citations
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:
Continue to edit research paragraphs if you needed to take them home.

Read for 20-30 minutes 5 days each week.

Posted by Beals at 06:28 PM

March 19, 2007

Write-On Monday

Students are finishing rough draft analysis and turning in their rough drafts for grading. Some will start typing their final copy tomorrow, and all students will be reading their research sections to the class later this week.

SKILLS:
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Transition words and phrases
Parenthetical citations
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:

Continue to edit research paragraphs if you were able to take it home.

Read for 20-30 minutes 5 days each week.

Posted by Beals at 03:49 PM

March 16, 2007

Fast moving Friday

We continued to analyze and revise research paragraphs. Students will be reading their paragraphs aloud next week (hopefully Wed. or Thurs.) and then turn in their final copy for grading.

Have a wonderful weekend!

SKILLS:
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page
Transition words and phrases
Parenthetical citations
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:

Read for 20-30 minutes 5 days each week.

Posted by Beals at 04:10 PM

March 15, 2007

Thursday's Write-Time!

Students continued to enter parenthetical citations, correct punctuation, and re-write sentences. We will be in the academy lab tomorrow as students continue to type and revise their research paragraphs.

Parents, Please help your son/daughter with these paragraphs by: 1) reading them aloud for your son/daughter to hear their mistakes, 2) listen while they read to you and ask questions to help them improve their explanations or information, 3) circling errors that they have not noticed - but please don't tell them how to fix the errors - ask them leading questions or give suggestions for using the dictionary, grammar reference, or thesaurus. Thank you!

Report cards go home next Wednesday.

SKILLS:
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page
Transition words and phrases
Parenthetical citations
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:
Continue to work on editing your research paragraphs.
Read for 20-30 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 04:18 PM

March 14, 2007

Write-On Wednesday

Parenthetical citations were introduced today, and students began inserting them into their research paragraphs. Students need to continue working on using their own words as they present factual information to avoid plagiarism - this can be challenging!

SKILLS:
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page
Transition words and phrases
Parenthetical citations
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:
Continue to work on editing your research paragraphs.
Read for 20-30 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 03:34 PM

Write-On Wednesday

Parenthetical citations were introduced today, and students began inserting them into their research paragraphs. Students need to continue working on using their own words as they present factual information to avoid plagiarism - this can be challenging!

SKILLS:
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page
Transition words and phrases
Parenthetical citations
Editing for mechanics and conventions of writing

HOMEWORK:
Continue to work on editing your research paragraphs.
Read for 20-30 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 03:34 PM

March 13, 2007

Tuesday's Terrific Write-Track!

We continued the editing process, focusing on topic sentences and clincher sentences.
DEAR Gorilla provided the opportunity to look at other authors' transition words, topic sentences, and clincher sentences.

SKILLS:
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Researching facts
Writing note cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page

HOMEWORK:
Add topic sentences and clincher (concluding) sentences to your research paragraphs.
Read for 20-30 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 04:47 PM

March 12, 2007

Marvelous Monday's Write Spot!

Welcome back to normal schedules. Jekyll was a wonderful learning opportunity and now we are adjusting our focus back to the classroom. Students are in the editing process of their research paragraphs; today's focus was on adding transition words.

The current 9 weeks will end the middle of this week - Report cards go home next week.

SKILLS:
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Researching facts
Writing note cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page

HOMEWORK:
Add transition words to your research paragraphs.
Read for 20-30 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 02:58 PM

March 02, 2007

Friday's Write-On

We enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and created RAFTs through the medium of 'jingles'. Great creativity!

I will be on the Jekyll trip all of next week. Students will be having LA class with Mrs. Hieber the days they are not at Jekyll. All learning assignments and activities are based on Georgia Power Standards for 7th grade LA and help students continue to prepare for CRCTs and writing projects.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Jekyll next week.
Have a wonderful weekend!

SKILLS:
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Researching facts
Writing note cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page

HOMEWORK:
Read for 20-30 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 02:00 PM

March 01, 2007

Write Space on Thursday

Students finished their Works Cited page. We typed directly into Word from the Bibliography cards. Additionally, we tried out a template that formats the citations.

SKILLS:
Using multiple sources to research a topic.
Writing source citations and bibliography cards
Researching facts
Writing note cards
Writing informational text from note cards
Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
Writing topic and clincher sentences
Writing Works Cited page

HOMEWORK:
Read for 20-30 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 08:06 PM

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