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Title: Grammar this week!

Grammar this week!
  • Spelling
  • Compound and complex sentences
  • Sentence types, declarative, imperative,
    exclamatory, interrogative
  • Sentence length
  • Telegraphic lt6
  • Short 10
  • Medium 18
  • Long 30

Tricky words
  • To/too
  • Your/youre
  • Their/theyre/there
  • Whether/weather

HW this week
  • Grammar review and spelling checks
  • (M, W, TH, F)
  • Prewriting graphic organizer about love (your
    choice) T
  • Continue outside reading.

The Definition essay Methods of development
  • Essay 
  • A piece of writing that gives your thoughts
    (commentary) about a subject
  • All essays should have at least four paragraphs
    (introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion )
  •   Essay Form -- A Graphic Layout 
  • Paragraph 1  Introductory Paragraph (60words)
  • Paragraph 2  First Body Paragraph (100 words)
  • Paragraph 3 Second Body Paragraph (100 words)
  • Paragraph 4 Concluding Paragraph (60 words)

  • Bubble Clusters
  • Spider Diagrams
  • Outlining
  • Line Clustering
  • Columns

Introduction paragraph
  • Thesis Sentences 
  • A thesis is a general sentence with a subject and
    an opinion (also called commentary).
  • Example  Intelligence is all a person needs to
    be happy in this world.
  •   Introduction Paragraph 
  • Sentence 1 
  • all commentary.  Starts with a theme or themes. 
    Everyone wants to think they are intelligent
  • Sentence 2 
  • says more about sentence 1. 
  • Sentence 3 
  • the thesis.  Starts with the abstract term
    Intelligence and ends with the controversial
    statement about that abstract terms.   It must
    make sense after sentences 1 and

Body paragraph (2-3)
  • Body paragraph 
  • A middle paragraph in an essay
  • develops a point you want to make
  • in supporting your thesis
  • Body Paragraph Format 
  • Sentence 1     TS  Topic sentence
  • Sentence 2     CD   First sentence of concrete
  • Sentence 3     CM  Commentary on sentence two
  • Sentence 4     CM  More commentary
  • Sentence 5     CD  Second sentence of concrete
  • Sentence 6     CM  Commentary on sentence five
  • Sentence 7    CM  More commentary
  • Sentence 8     CS  Concluding sentence

  • Commentary means your opinion, interpretation,
    insight, analysis, personal response, feeling,
    evaluation, explication, and reflections about a
    concrete detail in an essay.

What is concrete detail?
  • Abstract The car was perfect.  The mere thought
    of it sent a thrill through her body.   She had
    to own it.  All through class, her mind traced
    its image over and over.  Her nervousness
    wouldn't let her do anything, life was a waste
    until the car was hers. 
  • Concrete Every beautiful square inch of
    candy-apple red paint shone in the bright morning
    sun.  Erin caressed its smooth lines with her
    eyes from the finger print-smeared school bus
    window.  From the thin red racing stripes running
    from bumper to shining bumper, to the lightly
    tinted windows, to the low-profile tires, this
    racing machine took her breath away.  At school,
    she could think of nothing else--algebra,
    English, even parenting just floated by.  At
    lunch, she couldn't eat.  "Probably best," she
    thought, pushing the plate of mystery meat and
    rubbery vegetables from her.  "My life is worth
    nothing until I have those car keys in my hand,"
    Erin muttered.

Discover concrete details
  • If you have trouble coming up with concrete
    details, just close your eyes and try to envision
    it. If you have a hard time seeing things in your
    minds eye, look at your graphic organizer.
    Take a few of those items and describe how they
    feel, look, taste, or act.
  • Show, dont tell.

  • With a partner, organize your thoughts using your
    graphic organizer into topics for your rough

Conclusion Paragraph
  •  The conclusion is the last paragraph in the
  • It is all commentary. 
  • It does not repeat key words from anywhere in the
    essay but can restate the thesis.
  • It gives a finished feeling to the paper.

Effective conclusions
  • A conclusion to a paper is the writers chance to
    answer the question
  • So what?
  • A conclusion should conclude or settle on a final
    opinion about an issue. Since all writing
    ultimately is argumentative, this paragraph is
    the authors chance to settle on a final judgment
    about the thesis of the essay.

Conclusions should NOT
  • Merely summarize what was already said.
  • Have a discussion that seems like a leftover idea
    the writer couldnt fit in elsewhere.
  • Introduce new material of any sort
  • Sound like a desperate attempt to wrap things up.
  • Repeat information
  • Propose an idea that could not be defended by the

Conclusions SHOULD
  • Rely on the organization
  • pattern already used
  • Help the audience understand the universality of
    the term or why it is important or interesting
  • Leave the reader thinking
  • Do more than summarize the major points of the

  • Read a selection about intelligence.
  • Identify the methods of development in the essay.
  • Using colored markers, underline the thesis
    statement and restatement of the thesis
  • Highlight sentences that are concrete details
  • Highlight sentences that are commentary.
  • Identify the introduction and conclusion.

  • Write a four paragraph essay on intelligence.
  • Type in computer lab. http//www.writingprocess.n
  • Evaluate and revise with rubric.