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March1 Lecture

  1. 1. March 1 Lesson WTUC 3-1-2007
  2. 2. Syllabus <ul><li>Available for download on the class blog at </li></ul>
  3. 3. Peer Editing <ul><li>Using Google Docs at </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines and instructions in creating/uploading your document are available at the class blog and bubbleshare. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. Monitoring your work <ul><li>Shared spreadsheet containing your name, student number, assignment’s URL, date of submission will be published on the class blog </li></ul>
  5. 5. Late Assignments <ul><li>Late assignments won’t be accepted. </li></ul><ul><li>You submit your work by posting the URL of your published work on the class blog. To do this, you… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on ‘Comments’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type or paste the url of your paragraph in the box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This way your message will be archived on the blog and easier to monitor </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Unit 1: What is a Paragraph? <ul><li>Goal: To learn the four main features of a paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>Language focus: Identifying verbs in sentences </li></ul>
  7. 7. Connections <ul><li>Letter </li></ul><ul><li>Word </li></ul><ul><li>Sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>Essay </li></ul>
  8. 8. Writing Process (Appendix 1) <ul><li>7 Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Rough Draft </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaning up the rough draft </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Revising the draft </li></ul><ul><li>Final Draft </li></ul>
  9. 9. 6. Revising the draft <ul><li>3 Parts </li></ul><ul><li>Reacting to the comments on the peer editing sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Re-reading the paragraph and making changes </li></ul><ul><li>Rewriting the paragraph one more time </li></ul>
  10. 10. Building better sentences <ul><li>Skills Needed: </li></ul><ul><li>Correct grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Strong vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Conciseness </li></ul><ul><li>Create one longer, coherent sentence, see p. 230 for a sample sentence </li></ul>
  11. 11. Kinds of paragraph writing styles <ul><li>Definition paragraph- p. 2, “Braille”. This paragraph describes what ‘Braille’ is. </li></ul><ul><li>Process paragraph- p. 4, “An Easy Sandwich” tells how to do something. </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative paragraph, p. 7, “My First Flight”, tells about an event that took place. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Four Features of a Paragraph, p. 9 <ul><li>A paragraph has a topic sentence </li></ul><ul><li>All sentences are about one topic </li></ul><ul><li>The first line of a paragraph is indented. </li></ul><ul><li>The last sentence (concluding sentence) brings the paragraph to a logical conclusion. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Topic Sentence <ul><li>States the main idea </li></ul><ul><li>It is the foundation for the paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>It can be at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end, but it is usually at the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>It helps the reader understand what the paragraph is about </li></ul><ul><li>(see Unit 3) </li></ul>
  14. 14. One Topic <ul><li>All the sentences are connected to the topic sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>There are no unrelated or extra sentences. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the controlling ideas in the topic sentences to check whether all sentences are related to each other. </li></ul><ul><li>(see page 43) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Indention <ul><li>The first line of a paragraph is indented. </li></ul><ul><li>To do this, just move the first line in about a half inch, or six spaces or the first tab on word processor (Word) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Concluding Sentence <ul><li>Last sentence in a paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>It brings a paragraph to an end </li></ul><ul><li>It should state the main point again or summarizes the main idea of the paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>It can also offer a prediction or a suggestion. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Paragraph 5, p. 13 <ul><li>See sample paragraph and answers </li></ul>
  18. 18. Title of a paragraph, p. 20 <ul><li>Tells you what you will find in a paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>Not a sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Very short </li></ul><ul><li>Catchy- catches reader’s interest but it does not tell everything </li></ul>
  19. 19. Identifying Verbs in Sentences <ul><li>Every sentence has a verb </li></ul><ul><li>A sentence without a verb is called a fragment (see page 52) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Activity 14, Original Writing Practice, p. 25 <ul><li>Choose a general topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow the topic down. Think of some specific aspect of that topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Write 5-15 sentences. (Longer than 15 sentences won’t be accepted.) </li></ul><ul><li>Include a topic sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Indent the first line. </li></ul><ul><li>The last sentence should be a good concluding sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Give your paragraph a title. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Writing the draft <ul><li>Upload your draft on Google docs </li></ul><ul><li>Share with a classmate for peer-editing </li></ul><ul><li>Revise </li></ul><ul><li>Publish </li></ul>
  22. 22. Peer-editing <ul><li>Please use the peer-editing sheet on page 249 </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the questions based on your observations </li></ul><ul><li>And paste the content on the draft that you are reviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure to write your name and student number (Peer editor: _______) </li></ul>