Housekeeping text deposits hand in any overdue work remember to do the grammar review tests for each lesson and check with the answer keys provided
The Writing Process Pre-write to explore and define your topic: brainstorm and select your topic write a topic sentence brainstorm and select your supporting ideas Write a rough draft Revise to improve unity, support, and coherence Edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage Proofread for typing or handwriting errors
The Four Bases of Writing
Narrative Paragraphs tell about an event or incident (“narrate” = tell a story), can be about real or imagined events, and have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Narrative Paragraphs, p. 284 Read the three sample paragraphs on p. 285-287 and then complete the unity, suppport, and coheranceactivities that follow.
Questions, p. 287-288 a. Heartbreak b. Possible topic sentences: My most painful breakup was with my fiance Bonnie. Breaking up with my fiance Bonnie was painful. Breaking up is the worst feeling I ever had in my life. Bonnie broke my heart. / Bonnie made me heartbroken. 2. 7 – This bird is really intelligent . . .
Questions, p. 287-288, Cont’d. 3. a. Heartbreak I feel terrible pain in the pit of my stomach . . . on someone’s shoulder and cry. my knees felt weak I wanted to slam the door shut so hard . . . b. Losing My Father “When did you get here” “Who are you” “My breath stopped as if I’d been punched in the stomach. . .I’m your daughter . . . A Frustrating Job “. . . lost interest in the bird chase . . . what was left of the pizza. . . on floor. . . ” “. . . the dog had thrown up”
Questions, p. 287-288, Cont’d. “Heartbreak” and “Losing My Father” Time order What are four transition words? first then but while when and then
Narrative Paragraphs The topic sentence should clearly indicate the event the paragraph will be about. The body of the paragraph should use chronological order (the details are given in the order they happened) use time signals to help the reader follow the order (“then,” “next,” “as a result,” etc.) The paragraph’s conclusion should give a clear outcome.
Narrative Paragraphs If you’re writing about your own experiences, use the first person point of view (“I”) use the pronouns me, my, mine, we, us, etc. If you’re writing about someone else’s experiences, don’t refer to yourself use the third person point of view (“he,” “she,” or “they” use the pronouns his, hers, theirs, him, her, them, etc.
Narrative Paragraphs Whether you are writing about an event that has already happened (past), is happening now (present), or that has yet to happen (future), keep your tense consistent throughout the entire paragraph how much detail you give will vary according to the audience and purpose of the paragraph
Writing Assignment 1, p. 290-291 Read the introduction together and discuss A. Prewriting – 15-20 minutes Write freely and continually without worrying about grammar, spelling and punctuation Let me know when you have written all you can on your topic.
Topics vs. Topic Sentence Remember that a topic = the general subject and a topic sentence = what you have to say about the subject
Example Topic Sentences Topic: Camping in the wilderness for the first time
Possible Topic Sentences:
x I went camping in the wilderness for the first time.
I had never been camping before, so I decided to go an overnight trip with my friend Walter. (Okay)
The first time I camped in the wild, I was so nervous that I almost forgot the whole point was to relax and enjoy myself. (Better)
Example Topic Sentences Topic: My first day of school
Possible Topic Sentences
x I will tell you about my first day of school.
My first day of school was a nerve-wracking experience.
I will never forget the excitement of my first day of school.
Writing Assignment 1, p. 290-291 Review/Discuss Topic Sentences B. Plan and Organize Write a topic sentence list all the details involved in the experience number them in the order in which they occurred
Homework Complete all the tasks at step B (see previous slide) for Monday. This includes Finish refining your topic sentences (you should have at least two different versions) Listing all the details involved in the experience number the details in the order in which they occurred. DO NOT WRITE THE PARAGRAPH YET!!!