It’s possible that Mrs. Sparhawk took grades on the D.O.L. (grammar assignment) today. Please ask her if she did. If so, you need to go to a box in the make-up work center that says “extra D.O.L.” and get a worksheet from this box. You can take this home and do it as homework, but don’t forget to turn it in when you return to school tomorrow.
Did you forget what a thesis is? Take a look at my Powerpoint by clicking on the following link: Powerpoint on Thesis Statements. That should help refresh your memory.
Today we used the thesis from our graphic organizer to guide us, as we created an outline. Remember flowcharts? An outline is sort of like that; it’s a form of pre-writing before we begin to write the essay. It helps us get our thoughts organized before we make the first draft. Here’s a link to a sample outline that we used in class as a guide. The first page shows an example of an outline on fencing swords (one of Mrs. Sparhawk’s favorite subjects); the second page shows you how to plug your thesis into the outline format. Just follow the guidelines, and that should help. If you’re reading this at school, take a look in the Wednesday box, and you’ll find copies of the same sample outline.
Don’t forget to study for Friday’s spelling/vocabulary test!
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