Saturday, November 12, 2016

Monday/Tuesday, November 14/15, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:

Remember that your Book of the Month is due NEXT TIME! Finish that up and start looking for a non-fiction book for next month! 

Check here for information about non-fiction and some suggestions on which books you might enjoy!  Nonfiction Books

You will also type up your argument essay next time.  You should have it mostly written already.  If you have not worked through the conclusion page of your packet,  plan to come in during a cavetime or after school to work on your essay.  

Targets for Today:

I can revise my body paragraphs and counterclaim.

I can add topic sentences to my essay.

I can write my conclusion for my essay.

Today’s  Agenda:

1.  Individual Reading

2. Revision time!! Come pick up your packet and get ready to revise. You should:
  • Make the changes we recommended! If I asked you a question, like "Why is that?", it means that you should add the answer to that question to your paragraph.
  • Copy the new version, with the changes, onto the pages that say "Body Paragraph #1- Revised Version", "Body Paragraph #2-Revised Version". 
  • Make any changes to Counterclaim and Rebuttal on the same page. You will have space to rewrite the whole thing when we put our whole essay together soon.

Once you're finished with that, we are going to fill in the gaps between our paragraphs. It's like you've done certain sections of a puzzle, and now you just need to find the pieces that will stick them together!

Topic Sentences are like the puzzle pieces that will show how everything fits together. It will bring you from one paragraph to the next. Think about this:

  • How can I mix a little of the last paragraph with a little of this next paragraph? (Sometimes called a Review-Preview)
  • What big idea is coming up that I need to introduce?

Transition words/phrases are like the little nubs on the puzzle piece. They are smaller, and there are lots of little options to help make things fit. Here are some popular transition words you can use to help you:

B-Day: We did a practice activity using transition words to connect ideas and show relationships.

You have your introduction, your two body paragraphs, and your counterclaim and rebuttal. Now go and fill in the pieces between them!
  • Reread one paragraph, then read the one that comes after. 
  • Decide the best way to connect those paragraphs- what do you want to say? What transition words will you use?
  • Write your topic sentences in the blank boxes. 
And now that you've looked over your whole essay, it is time to write your conclusion!

Your conclusion should:
  • Transition from your counterclaim/rebuttal paragraph.
  • Have three or four sentences that summarize your body paragraphs.
  • Restate your thesis
  • Make the ending as strong/memorable/convincing as you can!!
Next time you will type up your essay in MyAccess.  You should be able to just copy from your packet to MyAccess.  So be ready!

Work on: 
Topic Sentences

    If You Were Absent:

    Pick up your packet to look at your feedback. Revise your body paragraphs and counterclaim. Write topic sentences to link all the paragraphs we've written so far. Write your conclusion to the essay.

    thesis:  A sentence that states your position and includes your main reasons
    body paragraph: A paragraph that comes between the introduction and the conclusion
    transitions: Words or groups of words that connect ideas and show relationships
    Topic Sentence: The sentence near the beginning of the paragraph that states the central idea of the paragraph
    counterclaim: an opposing argument; something the other side would say 
    rebuttal: proving why a counterclaim (opposing claim) is wrong using reasons and evidence
    conclusion:  sums up the main point of the whole essay