Our Writer’s Notebooks are a place for us to collect our thinking and ideas. Using the Writer’s Notebook is a daily expectation in class. When it is time to draft, the entries can be used to find something meaningful to write about.
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All students have a gmail account and should type their final drafts in Google Docs!!
Here is a quick link to access the login page:
Username: first name.last name
Once logged in, click on “Docs.”
Open the file started in class and continue typing/editing!
Print a clean copy for your portfolio.
When using google docs and
Kernel Essays provide a structure to plan a piece of text. They provide structure and a starting point for each students’ writing. We completed three kernel essays in class. Below are the text structures for each one we wrote. Students will select one kernel essay to develop into a full essay.
1. Where I was, what I was doing
2. What happened first
3. What happened next
4. What happened last
5. Final thoughts
Discovering a Lie
1. What I believed
2. But then I found out
3.So now I know
4. What I think of the person who lied
Tribute to Person Who Taught You Something
1. What the lesson in
2. Flashback to the lesson
3. Description of person
4. Words the person said
5. What you wish you could find out now from the person
1. I did this
2. Because of
3. What I was hoping for
4. But instead this happened
5. So now I think
After studying the mentor poem, Where I’m From by George Ella Lyons, students will write their own. Final drafts are due on Tuesday, October 9. Final drafts may not be in pencil.
See student sample of poem:Where I Am From sample
See helpful hints for writing final draft:Where I Am From Hints
See scoring rubric: Where I’m From Rubric 1 per page