Prentice, Dan (English: Writing 6)

Welcome. We are starting out the week doing a little research on inventors. This is to get the kids thinking about inventors and inventions as they consider what to study for the Invention Convention. We are learning how to use the ctrl+F function on a web-page to search a page for information. For example, if the kids need to try and figure out where a web-page mentions Edison’s greatest failure, they can simply hit ctrl and the “F” key at the same time and then type “greatest failure” in the search box. That phrase will then be in an orange highlight where the information appears on the web-page. We will also do a free-write using images that are from Spring Break. We will focus on editing for capitalization errors and comma errors in the free-write. That will take us through the long block periods on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, the kids will be coming home with permission slips relating to our next field trip to the movies. We are looking for drivers to help transport kids to the movie theater and we will be going home from the theater as we did previously.

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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.