Everyday Editing -- How Did They Do That?
How'd They Do It?
Mentor Sentence (Copy it into your composition book with today's date.):
The phone rang, but Mack did not get up to answer it. -- Roland Smith, Jack's Run (2007)
Look at each of these altered sentences. Find the difference between it and the mentor sentence, and figure out why the change is a problem. If you are absent, write down what the changes were and why the original sentence is better.
The phone rang, but Mack don't get up to answer it.
The phone ranged, but Mack did not get up to answer it.
The phone rang, Mack did not get up to answer it.
The phone rang, but mack did not get up to answer it.
The phone rang, for Mack did not get up to answer it.
Share scary stories
Ms. Dorsey's scary story and how to plot a plot
(introduction, exposition, rising action which introduces and develops a conflict, climax, resolution)
Students shared theirs in small groups and selected the best to be shared with the whole class.
More about writing your letters about literature
We talked about corresponding instead of just complimenting. Most students received the prompt we will be following in My Access -- which they could begin on MyAccess, or they could just begin preparing ideas and hopefully a rough draft.
Introduce Book Groups
Students found out which book they were reading for in-class book groups and recorded their titles on a worksheet they'll use next time.