We use :
Mr. D’s Class Parts of Speech iBook
Mr. D’s Class Punctuation iBook
Mr. D’s Class Sentence Help iBook
Core Knowledge Curriculum – Amplify
Before writing a book review, you need to have your parent sign an Independent Reading Slip. You can either print it off or just write down the same information on lined paper.
Our Revising & Editing Procedure
1. Read it
2. Sub-vocalize it
3. Spelling – finger-point backwards
4. Use the checklist!
5. Slow down!
6. Double-check your work
When to Start a New Paragraph:
Start a new paragraph whenever you change the time, person, topic, or place.
Types of Writing:
Expository Writing – writing to inform or explain
Expository writing is structured writing. Writers use expository writing to give directions, sequence steps, compare things, explain causes and effects, or describe things. Students following an organized structure, as we do, will create better writing.
Our Expository format:
T.S. – Topic Sentence
K. I. – Key Idea
More K. I. & E
C – Conclusion Sentence
Intro. paragraph – Topic sentence & plan sentence
K. I. paragraph
More K.I. & E. paragraphs
Concluding paragraph – Use a concluding starter word ( In conclusion, All in all, Clearly, …). Restate topic sentence & plan sentence
Persuasive/Opinion Writing – Writing to convince the reader – nonfiction with opinions
Similar to the expository format. The topic sentence will let the reader know the writer’s purpose and opinion on a topic.
Persuasion Essay Writing Format/Plan
1st Paragraph –
– Attention catcher
– Topic Sentence (Thesis) – Opinion
– Plan Sentence (Preview)
2nd Paragraph – (KI & Explains)
– Explain one view with supporting explains
3rd….. Paragraphs – Same as 2nd
Concluding Paragraph –
– Restate your opinion
– Restate the plan sentence in a different way
– Clinching Statement – Call to action
Narrative Writing – writing to tell a story – fiction or nonfiction
Narrative writing is more free form and less structured than expository multi-paragraph writing. Students retell familiar stories, write stories about their own lives, or create original stories. These stories can be fiction or nonfiction. They include a beginning, middle, climax, and end in the narratives to develop the plot and characters.
Our Narrative format:
O – Opening – Where the characters and setting is revealed
M – Middle – Where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story is revealed.
C – Climax – The highest point of interest and the turning point of the story. The reader wonders what will happen next; will the conflict be resolved or not?
E – Ending – The part of the plot that concludes the falling action and reveals the outcome of the conflict. Characters grow from experiences.
Example of great narrative writing:
Personal Narrative Writing
Writing a personal narrative example
Writers create word pictures and play with rhyme and figurative language. Through unstructured wordplay, students learn that poetic language is powerful and concise.
What is the difference between a poem and a paragraph? Click: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/p-as_docs/PoetryandProse.pdf
Analyzing a Poem:
Letters & Journals
Students write to themselves and to specific audiences. Their writing is personal and often less formal than other genres. They share news and explore new ideas. Students learn the special formatting that letters and envelopes require.
Business Letters – http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/BusLetter_Block.html
Friendly Letters – http://www.pb5th.com/test/writing/friendly_letter.html#stayhere_heading
Journals – Personal and informal writing
1. Read the whole question carefully more than once.
2. Think about what the question is really asking you and where the information is in the text.
3. Write your answer:
- Write in complete sentences
- Restate the question
- Include evidence from the text ( In paragraph two it stated, for example, according to the text, the author stated, based on what I read, the graphic showed,…)
- Reread the question to make sure you fully answered it
- Reread your answer to be sure you fully covered it and edited it
– These are in addition to your iPad iBook practice apps and web pages!
Punctuation Practice Sheets
Punctuation saves lives!
Capitalization Practice Sheets
We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids!
I like cooking my family and my pets.
Commas Practice Sheets
Apostrophes Practice Sheets
Colon Practice Sheets
Semicolon Practice Sheets
Quotation Marks Practice Sheets
Parts of Speech Practice Sheets
Nouns Practice Sheets
Pronouns Practice Sheets
Verbs Practice Sheets
Adjective Practice Sheets
Articles Practice Sheets
Adverbs Practice Sheets
Prepositions Practice Sheets
Interjections Practice Sheets
Conjunctions Practice Sheets
Sentence Practice Sheets
Subject/Predicate Practice Sheets
Kinds of Sentences Practice Sheets
Our iPad Apps:
Laptop or Desktop Computer Games:
Let’s eat, Grandma!
PUNCTUATION SAVES LIVES!