Prewriting – follow the steps

Be sure you have done all the steps in Prewriting for your Personal Narrativebanner_prewriting

1. Selecting a Topic – using sentence starters. Which is the most interesting.

2. Focusing on Your Topic – what lesson did you learn.

3. Remembering the Details – 5W+H

  • Who was in the experience?
  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Why is this experience important?
  • How did I change? (This one’s important!)
  • Freewrite-Write nonstop about your topic for five minutes to see what you remember. You’re not drafting; you’re just telling what happened.

4. Putting Events in Order – list 6-10 events and put them in chronological, or time, order. Include the lesson you learned.

5. Gathering Sensory Details – make a table with details using the 5 senses. (I saw…  I heard… I smelled… I fetl… I tasted…)

6. Adding Dialogue – use conversation in your writing. Use dialogue in your writing to…

  • Show a speaker’s personality and bring characters to life
  • Keep the action moving and hold your reader’s attention
  • Add information to make it more interesting

Transition Words

Transitions can a be looked at as the glue that holds your ideas together. They are very important.

Transitions are words and phrases that serve as bridges from on idea to the next, one sentence to the next, or one paragraph to the next. They keep the reader from having to find his or her own way and getting lost in the reading. Without transitions, your writing does not flow smoothly.

Therefore, you don’t necessarily need a transition between every idea or every sentence, but it is a good idea to use a transition between each paragraph. Transitions usually come near the beginning of a paragraph. However, you should use a transition wherever it works best.

Here are two types of transitions. These can help you with your Boy – 6 Traits Packet for Organization.

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Get Reading

Accelerated Reader is back and we are ready to kick our reading into high gear.

Our expectation is that you read a book for pleasure every day. To encourage more reading, and give you more ways to show your understanding of the books you read, we have created a detailed list of activities you can do after reading a book. In addition, we expect you to earn 100 points in Accelerated Reader. Fill out the Reading Summary Sheet as you read your books and keep track of the activities you’ve completed and the points you’ve earned in Accelerated Reader.

Please bookmark the link for Accelerated Reader:

Multiple Intelligences Activities for Reading

Reading Summary Sheet

Paper copies of these documents are handed out in class. Use these digital versions for your reference only.

Boy, Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Today we will begin reading our first novel of the year, Boy, Tales of Childhood, by Roald Dahl.

You will read the novel independently by the dates provided below. We will discuss the novel in detail in class, so it is very important to keep up with the reading. There will be a quiz after each section of the book.  The guided reading and chapter summaries are to help you understand the novel more completely and prepare you for the section quizzes. Download these documents and save them to your computer.

Boy-Guided Reading Questions

Boy-Chapter Summaries

Boy – 6 Traits of Writing Packet

Reading Deadlines:

Read pgs. 1-59 by Monday 9/13/10 – Quiz 1

Read pgs. 60-122 by Wednesday 9/15/10 – Quiz 2

Read pgs. 123-176 by Friday 9/17/10 – Quiz 3


6 Traits of Writing Packet due on Thursday, 9/23/10 – 50pt. homework grade

Blog Journal #1

Twice a month you will be asked to publish one of your journal entries on your blog. You will be assessed, or graded, on two of the 6 Traits of writing (VOICE & CONVENTIONS).

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Select an interesting journal entry that you’d like to publish.
  2. Take it through the writing process (assume your journal entry is the rough draft).
  3. REVISE your journal, think about how you can improve your Voice. Have others read your journal and give you feedback and ideas on how to make it better.
  4. Carefully EDIT your journal entry.
  5. PUBLISH your journal on your Blog. The title should be Blog Journal #1. Add the title of your journal entry at the beginning of your journal. Put your Blog Journal in the Humanities category.

Due Date: Monday, 9/6/10

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