Junior High Composition

September 16

Revise. You know you want to.

Revising is editing, and editing is part of spritzing up a rough draft so that it is free from boo-boos and lookin’ good! This week you get to practice writing a rough draft, editing it with your brand new red pen that I gave you today, adding some quality adjectives (yay!) and FINALLY writing a final draft.

American Bison article for outlining

All righty, then. Do this, in order:

  1. Finish the KWO for “American Bison” We did the first paragraph in class, you started the second paragraph, so finish all three paragraphs.
  2. Using your KWO, write a rough draft of all three paragraphs. You may look at your KWO, but please avoid looking back at the article itself.
  3. The next day (NOT the day you wrote the rough draft), edit your draft for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. You may ask your mom or dad to help you (with the red pen).
  4. Add at least one quality adjective to each paragraph – so three quality adjectives in all.
  5. Underline your quality adjective (because it doesn’t count unless you do).
  6. I know, I know.  You old-timers are going to want to add more dress-ups, aren’t you?  Go right ahead!  The check sheet shows how they will count as extra points.
  7. The next day (NOT the same day you did the editing) write the final draft. Be sure to double-space if you are using the computer, or if you are writing it out by hand. Either way is just fine with me.
  8. Staple the final draft on top, then the rough draft, and finally the KWO we made in class. These are all due next week, September 23.

American Bison Check Sheet

Bring your Easy Grammar workbook to class next week. That’s all!

September 9

Today we began our year by writing a Key Word Outline (KWO) for a paragraph entitled “The Sea Wasp”.  For some, this was review; for others, I’m sure this was your first experience with the KWO.  We will use the KWO a lot this year, so it’s a good idea to become proficient in writing one.

This week you will practice writing a KWO on a new paragraph, which I have linked below.  Write your outline just like we did in class, with the Roman numeral to start and then Arabic numerals after.  Remember that you are allowed no more than 4 words per line, but that symbols are okay.

Here is the paragraph:

Cephalopod Abilities

Besides the KWO, please write a letter to me.  Begin “Dear Mrs. Baumgaertel” (please spell my name correctly!) and write two paragraphs.  In the first one, introduce yourself and your family to me. In the second paragraph, tell me about ONE special happening that occurred in your life this summer.  (Normally I would require that you write a rough draft, and then a final draft, and that you would double-space your papers.  I didn’t talk about that today, so you do NOT have to write a rough draft first or double-space this time — but only this time!)

Have a good week, and bring your grammar book to class next time.

August 15, 2014

Junior high writers — I am excited to begin our year together on Tuesday, September 9, at 10 a.m.  Yay!  Bring your grammar book:  Easy Grammar Plus Student Workbook by Wanda Phillips, and notebook paper, pen/pencil.

See you soon!

Mrs. B