Showing posts with label Reading Workshop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reading Workshop. Show all posts

Thursday, November 21, 2019

New School Argumentative Essay

During the next three years Logan Elm will be building a new K-12 school. What do you think is the most important thing to consider when building a new school?

This could have to do with science labs, technology, separate areas for each grade level, middle school teams, lunch and cafeteria, playground for elementary, library needs, restrooms, music and band, art class, gyms, busing, school day (start and end time, length), office, intercom, safety/security, resources, furniture (tables or desks), parking, lighting, floors (carpet or tile), scheduling, handicap accessibility, or many other options. What is a priority for you, Reading Workshop students?


An Argumentative Essay:
  • Has a clear introduction 
  • States a focus/position statement clearly, precisely, and thoughtfully 
  • Uses specific evidence from the text(s) to support and develop the position, and explains that evidence logically 
  • Takes into account what people who disagree with you might think and tries to respond to that 
  • Concludes effectively
Keep in mind that an argumentative essay is based more on facts as opposed to emotion. When picking a topic you’re interested in, be sure to pick one that you can support with evidence and reasoning. You will need facts, statistics, and reports from sources you and your audience can trust.

I. Introduction
     1. Introduce the topic by giving background information that briefly explains the topic so that the reader will understand the topic to be argued. (3-4 sentences)

     2. Add the thesis statement that clearly and strongly states your opinion concerning the
topic. Writing a direct thesis by including the reasons in your thesis is optional.

II. Body Paragraphs

     1. The first two (or more) body paragraph gives a reason that supports the opinion stated in the thesis. This reason is supported with facts, data, or information. You must quote an article or person that supports your position. You must also have a link to another article that has information that supports your position.

     2. One paragraph discusses the opposite viewpoint. After you pose the counter argument, contest it. Say why the counter argument is faulty and why your argument is stronger.

III. Conclusion

     1. Use a transition signal for the conclusion such as: in conclusion, to conclude, etc.
     2. Restate the thesis in different words than you used in your introduction.
     3. Summarize your main points.
     4. End with a final comment on the topic.

Perhaps the biggest mistake people make in writing an argumentative essay is to state their opinions instead of facts. Remember that each claim you make must be supported by solid evidence if your argument is to hold up to the opposing views.




Monday, November 11, 2019

Grandparent Letter


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Cell Phones?


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Freak Letter

You can read letters HERE.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Writing a Letter

I like getting letters, so the current project in Reading Workshop, write a Dear Mr. McGuire Letter on the topic of If I was a Main Character in Freak the Mighty is one of my favorites.   Plus I get to hear students thoughts, ideas, and opinions about one of my all-time favorite books.

Knowing the proper format of a friendly letter is important.  Also, students must set the tone in the opening, put facts and details in the body, and wrap it up in the closing. A good letter, like any writing must have must support with specific details.

Introduction/Beginning
This is a good example of a W's introduction.
This is Justin's beginning:
The book I am reading is called The White Fox Chronicles. The author's name is Gary Paulsen. Gary Paulsen writes a lot of action/ survival books. The main character's name is Cody Pierce. Cody is a 14 year old boy.

This is an opinion/persuasive introduction. 
This is Kari's beginning:
I am reading the book called The Revenge Of The Shadow King. I found this book to be extremely good. Especially if you are into fairy tales, mysteries, and thrillers because that's what it's all about. If you like those kinds of books you may be really attached to this book. I really liked it mainly because I like to read fairy tales and thrillers.

Body/Middle
Shelby does a great job comparing the main character from Heartbeat by Creech in this paragraph:
Another thing that Annie and I have in common is we both have baby brothers. We both love our baby brothers. I think that Annie loves her brother a lot because she was so scared that the baby would get hurt. Annie and I also were scared at first to hold our baby brothers. She was scared that she would drop him, I thought that I would not hold him right and hurt him.
Katie helps us understand the character Bookworm from Max the Mighty.
My favorite character is Bookworm. Bookworm is also called Worm sometimes. She is my favorite character because she loves books. Worm is about eleven or twelve years old. Worm doesn't like her step dad. She doesn't like him because he hates T.V and he hates books. I think that Worm plays a really good part in the story and I like her because she and her mom have to deal with a lot of problems, and somehow she always makes it through.

Conclusion/Closing
Molly does a fabulous job wrapping up her letter.
I would definitely recommend this book to others, because I think a lot of girls could really relate to the main character, especially most of my friends. Also I would still recommend this book to boys, because even though it's a girl's book, it's not about being girly, and all about girls. Some boys may be able to relate to the three boys in the story! The book Spells & Sleeping Bags is one out of my two favorite books. Also, I think the author is very talented with writing her books. She's my absolute favorite author. I think Sara Mlynowski is very talented because I can really get inside the characters mind, and really get into the book as if I were the main character.

Letter writing is a skill that is used throughout life.  Although this project focuses on writing about a book, these basic skills will apply to any letter written for any purpose. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Have a Great Monday


Friday, September 20, 2019

Character Traits

Some examples of traits include:

kind, considerate, caring, responsible, outgoing, introverted, hard working, leader, follower, noisy, quiet, talkative, helpful, outspoken, patient, impatient, cooperative, honest, dishonest, strong-minded, independent, dependent, courageous, thankful, appreciative, brave, polite, mannerly, lazy, unmannerly, respectful, disrespectful, humorous, witty, good listener, empathetic, creative, open-minded, studious, controlling, bossy, shy, particular, weird, insane, willing, prepared, competitive, unprepared, close-minded, morose, somber, serious, sad, sassy, passionate, fiery, loving, adventurous, feisty, stubborn, curious, believing, sharing, giving, opinionated, brainy, intelligent, fair, fearless, fearful, trustworthy, trusting, energetic, enthusiastic, hilarious, mature, materialistic, greedy, selfish, unselfish, idealistic, smug, self-assured, assertive, picky, aggressive, passive, stable, timid, backwards, sneaky, forceful, mindful, addictive, careful, flexible, kind-hearted, joyful, over-achiever, attention seeking, sensitive, calm, spicy, optimistic, radiant, comforting, outrageous,  . . .


Which ones describes you?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Good Choices



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Morquio Syndrome

DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!  Responses must be in your own words. Use the article as a resource but do not copy.





Monday, September 9, 2019

Did You Know . . .


Thinking of You Constantly | Love Letter Daily | Page 3

1.  You can't see your ears without a mirror.
2.  You can't count your hair.
3.  You can't breathe through your nose with your tongue out.
4.  You just tried #3.
6.  When you did #3 you realized it was possible, but you looked like a dog.
7.  You are smiling right now because you were fooled.
8.  You skipped #5.
9.  You just checked to see if there is a #5.
10. You are still smiling just because


HAVE A GREAT DAY!


Friday, August 30, 2019

Freak Comment




You can see responses HERE

Keep up the Good Work


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Image from @NazaakatWali

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Your Choices . . .

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Freak the Mighty 1-4


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Make Today a Fun Day

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Share Some Thoughts


Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Today is Your Day

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Celebrate Love My School Day

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Image from https://www.solutiontree.com/blog/lovemyschoolday/

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Getting the Theme