Prentice, Dan

Hello parents and students. This week, we have been writing research papers in class. The kids are doing very well and most had spectacular outlines to follow that helped in the writing process. We will work on them through Friday and then edit after break. We will also work on Works Cited pages when we get back. Also, as we return from break, we will work on India themed writing and research to compliment Mrs. Acker’s unit on India. No homework over Thanksgiving.

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This course is designed to help students grow in their ability to write and to hopefully help them make the jump from simple sentence and paragraph writing to forms like Narrative, Explanatory/Informative, and Argumentative writing. For example, we will spend a great deal of time learning to cite evidence correctly using MLA formatting. It is my goal to have the students doing their writing from other courses with support from me. The great majority of all our reading material will come from other core classes and this is why Writing has no reading list.


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Hello parents and students. I am able to update the website again and will provide more regular news. We are working on basic paragraph and essay structure this week. The kids have developed topics, found sources, and practiced the SQ3R method while reviewing sources. They did this in table groups of four to five, but the actual writing of the essays will be done individually and in class. We will be working on coming up with a hook and a thesis by Friday (10/20). Editing for Acker's Egypt essays will be happening in my class on Friday so don't forget to bring them. We will also edit for Social Studies on November 2nd. There is an editing checklist that Mrs. Acker and I developed that should be followed as you draft.