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Posted: October 3, 2012

Today we worked on the apostrophe and where it fits into our writing.  We used a mentor text to highlight the 2 places where an apostrophe is welcome.    Get in good copies of snapshot moments if not already done.   Progress Reports will go out next Wednesday instead of this Friday.

Posted: October 1, 2012

Final copies of Snapshot moments are due tomorrow.   I will be collecting Writer's Notebooks tomorrow for a participation mark.

Posted: September 27, 2012

Started revising drafts of snapshot moments today.  Looked out the strategy of "branching", to add detail.  Students are to look for at least 2 spots where they can add a front, middle or end branch to their writing.   Circle any words that could be substituted with a stronger, more precise word.   Picture Day tomorrow!

Posted: September 26, 2012

Drafts of Snapshot moments must be completed for tomorrow.  Remember to write in the present tense. We will start revising tomorrow.

Posted: September 24, 2012

We worked with a mentor text from Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee.  We were highlighting "Show Don't Tell" in writing.  Students began their own personal snapshot moments in their Writer's Notebook.  They are to practice the writing strategies used in the past 2 weeks to create their own piece of writing.  Students will be given class time to draft, but they should also work at home.  Drafts will be due Wednesday and revision strategies will be part of this week's lessons. Students should have something started in their Writer's Notebooks and be ready to write tomorrow with focus.

Posted: September 21, 2012

No homework unless assignments are not in yet.   Start thinking about a moment that you can write about for your snapshot moment.

Posted: September 19, 2012

Review of strategies for "slowing down time" and "voice in writing".  Used Mentor texts "Violet" and "Night"  and Donald Mills(handouts)   Studied mentor text "Tell Tale Heart" excerpt (Edgar Allan Poe) for conventional artistry and the ability to show "voice" in writing.  Looked at dashes, exclamation marks and italics.   Response to Donald Mills due Friday. 1/2 page -3/4 page letter responding to his blog "The Problem with Young People Today..." Use the strategies he uses to create voice in writing.  Write from perspective of a sterotypical teenager.    

Posted: September 18, 2012

Collected assignments that were due today.   Explored "voice" in writing by comparing 2 different versions of the same song- Close Your Eyes by James Taylor and 2nd version by Carly Simon, Ben and Sally Taylor   Looked at the blog:  The Problem with Young People Today... by Donald Mills to study "voice" in writing.    

Posted: September 18, 2012


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