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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 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 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 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 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 Beals at 04:16 PM

May 15, 2007

Write Time Tuesday!

Field Day tomorrow! Have a great day!

HOMEWORK:
Read

Posted by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Beals at 12:29 PM

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