Prentice, Dan (English: Writing 6)

12/10 through 12/14

We are working on our code talker papers and preparing for finals this week. I will be doing warm-ups daily that focus on the skills needed for the final. The kids will then have these as study aides.

Final Topics 

Capitalization: The kids will have to locate and correct capitalization errors. There are notes in their composition books related to this skill. Also, check out Khan Academy and simply search for “capitalization.” Here is a link to a quiz on capitalization.

Comma Use: The kids will be asked to locate and correct errors in comma use and they will be asked to insert commas when forming complete sentences. The basics for comma use are covered in Khan Academy videos on commas. The more challenging skills are presented on the Purdue Owl’s website. There is a slide show on the Owl called “Conquering the Comma” that would be helpful to study. Here is a link to a quiz on comma use.

Complete Sentences: This skill will be assessed by providing a paragraph with no punctuation that the kids must insert punctuation into. A sample is below.

Exercise: Sentence Fragments Exercise 3

The following paragraph has no capital letters or periods to mark the beginnings and ends of sentences. Add capitals, periods, commas, and/or other punctuation that may be needed to make the word groups into complete sentences. Your goal is to be sure that there are no fragments.

my holiday week was interesting and fun mason and i went to reno nevada but on the way we stopped in california we drove over a three day period and made stops each day the first place we stopped was in the kelso dunes the dunes are in the mojave desert and are a great place to camp that is about 5 hours west of flagstaff mason loved running around on the dunes and the camping was quiet warm and remote

Apostrophe Use: I will be assessing the basics of using apostrophes to show ownership. The kids will also need to understand how to use a plural possessive apostrophe and to take away the apostrophe in it’s to show ownership. The kids may also be tested on using apostrophes to eliminate confusion in situations like “there are two i’s in editing.

MLA Formatting: The kids will be assessed on how to place a heading on their MLA papers and how to use an in-text citation. They will also need to know how that a document in MLA has Times New Roman 12 point font, is double spaced, and has a centered title. This was the most recent thing we had a quiz on and the kids should re-take the quiz if they did poorly. I will still increase their grades and this will give them an opportunity to study. Quiz on formatting:

Also, feel free to watch the Purdue Owl Video series on YouTube

Five Paragraph Essay Structure: The kids should understand the structure of five paragraph essays and that they have an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. They should understand that an introductory paragraph has a hook, bridge, and thesis. The three points in the thesis are addressed in order in the three body paragraphs.



Old stuff

Quiz re-takes will be Monday for the MLA Formatting Quiz. No re-takes for the Fragment Quiz because all the kids did pretty well.

Items to study for the MLA Formatting Quiz:

  1. When you are given a works cited entry, understand that the first thing that appears in the entry is what will go in the in-text citation. Typically, this will be the author’s last name or an article title.
  2. For in-text citations, last names of author’s go in parentheses (Prentice).
  3. For in-text citations, article titles go in quotation marks and are then surrounded by parentheses (“How to Cite”).
  4. The website source in a works cited entry from our student database will have key words in it like “Gale” and “Student Resources.”
  5. An MLA heading should be written like the one below.

Joe Student

Mr. Prentice

Writing P1

7 Dec. 2018

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Course List



This course is designed to help students grow in their ability to write and to improve their stamina while writing. We will strive to move from simple sentence and paragraph writing to forms like Narrative, Explanatory/Informative, and Argumentative writing. These are the forms of writing that are the focus of the current educational standards. It is my goal to have the students writing on topics relevant to their core 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.


Click here to download the Writing syllabus (PDF)