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  • Why is first sentence poor? - announcement; doesn’t say what about camping . . . .The other two are acceptable topic sentences; you could discuss which is better and why . . .
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  • March 24, 2010
  • 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.
  • Writing Assignment 1, p. 290-291
     Review/Discuss Topic Sentences
    (next slide)
  • 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!!!