Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday/Friday, December 1/2, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:
 Mrs. Mace had her baby on the 29th.  
His name is Hyrum. 
He was born on Tuesday, November 29, at 2:36 pm
weighing 7 lbs. 9 oz, and measuring 20.5 inches long.

Targets for Today:

Utah State Core  L. 2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Utah State Core W.1 and W.4   Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the developmentorganization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (

Utah State Core RI.4  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

Today’s  Agenda:

1. Individual Reading -- Read your nonfiction book, or sample one in the classroom.

 New nonfiction books for our classroom -- and checkout -- as soon as they are covered.   Would you be interested in any of these titles? 

The Great Fire
Women in Science
Volcano  Beneath the Snow  (about slavery)
Great Molasses Flood 
The Boys' War  (Civil War)
Bubonic Plague
The Words We Live By  (Our Constitution)
Chew on This  (The food we eat)
The President Has Been Shot  (About J.F. Kennedy's assassination)
Terrible Typhoid Mary
Flesh and Blood So Cheap (about the Triangle factory fire)

2. Work in pairs.
You will use this essay:
Outsiders Essay Revise and Edit.docx
Apply the Arms, Smiles, and Formal Style checks to the essay!
ARMS and SMILES Plus -- Applying Them

Formal Style:
  • Complete sentences
  • Full words
  • No abbreviations
  • No contractions
  • Avoid use of first person (I, me, my)
  • No slang or informal expressions
  • No chatty words – “well,” “okay,” “a lot,” etc.
  • Avoid using personal experiences 
  • Avoid addressing the reader directly (you, your)
  • Few, if any, emotional punctuation or capitalization (exclamation marks, whole words capitalized) 

3. Begin reading How They Croaked 

Authors make choices!

  • The tone/attitude they have toward their subject.
  • The facts they chose. 
  • The conclusions they make based on  those facts

Formal writing should be serious, clear, concise, confident, and courteous.
In less formal writing the author can use more variety of tone. 

Listen to Chapter 1: King Tut 
Class A1 got to page 4 at the top.
Class A2 got to page 5, last paragraph.
Class B5 got to page 4 at the top.
Class B5 got to page 5, at the end of the first paragraph. 

If You Were Absent:

tone: attitude
voice:  personality
mood: emotional feeling or atmosphere
style:  A writer's style is what sets his or her writing apart and makes it unique. Style is the way writing is dressed up (or down) to fit the specific context, purpose, or audience. Word choice, sentence fluency, and the writer's voice — all contribute to the style of a piece of writing.   --