Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Slide Show Team Project

As Reading Workshop students begin work on a Google Slide Show project explaining how to read nonfiction, how the team works together will go a long way towards determining their success. This message should serve as a guide.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Moving, Moving, Moving

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Be Yourself!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Your Thoughts?

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Help with Your Writing

Just copy your essay, go to Hemingway App, paste it into the webpage, and click on edit. This web page will give you tips on making your writing better.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Online Outline

The best way to write an organized essay that makes sense is to organize your writing before you start. Here is a handy tool to help with that. The Outliner of Giants Online Outliner


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Writing an Argumentative Essay

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.

     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.

Here are some sample topics. To find the entire list, go to the RW Wiki Argumentative Topic List.

School and Kids
Is child behavior better or worse than it was years ago?
Is homework harmful or helpful?
Is Cheating Getting Worse?
Should Students Be Able to Grade Their Teachers?
Does Your School Hand Out Too Many A’s?

Are we too dependent on computers?
Are cell phones dangerous?
Do violent video games cause behavior problems?
Have people have become overly dependent on technology?
Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

Social Issues
Are Adults Hurting Young Children by Pushing Them to Achieve?
Should the Government Limit the Size of Sugary Drinks?
Which Is More Important: Talent or Hard Work?
Is Your Generation More Self-Centered Than Earlier Generations?

Does participation in sports keep teens out of trouble?
Is competition good?
Should Home-Schoolers Be Allowed to Play Public School Sports?
Does participating in team sports helps to develop good character?
If Football Is So Dangerous to Players, Should We Be Watching It?

The Way to Start the Year Right


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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Dinopunasaurus

Monday, December 18, 2017

Treat Others . . .

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Living Large Loving Language Arts

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Sometimes You Just Need to Rhyme


So what do you do when you need to rhyme?  How about going to Rhymezone?  When you are writing a poem and you need a word bank to help you, Rhymezone is a great resource.  All you do is type in the word and it gives you a bunch of choices.  Don't forget though, a poem still has to make sense and be meaningful.

The Road to Success

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Make Your Monday

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ms. Ewing RAWYC

Grace Ewing is in Chicago reading the Chicago Tribune and she jumped in with RAWYC!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Revising Poetry

So you get a first draft of a poem and it seems pretty good.  Now what?  Is it ready to publish?  Everything is spelled right.  It makes sense.  So how do you revise?  How do you make it better?  What can you do with a basic poem like this, that has a good topic choice with a nice twist at the end and make it into an A+ poem that grabs the reader?
Thank you to Maddie for allowing us to experiment with her writing.

That one kid makes me sad,                              
That one kid makes me mad.
When I see him I just go Eww!!!!
I don’t like him,
He doesn’t like me.
We fight all the time.
She started it!
No he started it!!
He makes me go crazy,
I make him flip out.
But the truth is………
He’s my brother.

One area that could be improved is word choice. The Reading Workshop Poetry Rubric says, Word choice is exact, colorful, and interesting. What words could be changed to improve this poem?  Is there a synonym for sad that would be more interesting? Or mad? Or doesn't like?

We could also look at improving and adding sensory details like the rubric describes as, Uses sensory details to help the reader see, hear, feel, and/or think. What could be changed to help what the reader visualizes?  Could the "one kid" be described in some way?   What changes would help the reader see the fight?
When you have completed your revised version, paste it into the form below.

You can see revisions HERE.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Oh, the Irony


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Tell About a Book of Poems

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Generate Some Words

Dominica Vibes News | Dominica news source of local and ...If you want to write poetry but need a little help getting started, use the online site at Word Clouds. Just go to the wizard and put in words. When you are finished you can share this on your blog. 

Just go to the toolbar to File-->Save as PNG-->Open in Image Viewer -->Copy -->Paste into your blog. 

You can also File-->Save-->Open New Post in Edublogs-->Add Media-->Uploade Files

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Less Words for More Meaning

Cut out all those words.  This is poetry so you don't need them.  In fact, if the word doesn't do something to clarify meaning, or help make your point, just delete it.

Get rid of all those annoying little words and leave only the ones that matter. You really don't need all those it's and is's.  Nor do you need those are's and were's. Trim the fat and excess words.  Make your poem meaningful and exciting.

The best thing about poetry is that the author makes the rules.  You can choose whether or not to use capital letters, sentences, and punctuation.  The only rule is write in the best way to make your poem meaningful and understandable.  Just write so your reader relates to your message.

Author's note:  There are divided thoughts about using apostrophes in certain circumstances to show plural.  The general thinking is that it is allowable in a few instances if it helps considerably with making text more easily understood and more readable.

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