teaching students how to make an outline as a form of pre-writing prewriting prewrite for essays and research projects research papersIt’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.

Today we finished up the outline we started yesterday. 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. If you’re reading this at school, take a look in the Wednesday box, and you’ll find copies of the same sample outline.

Students who didn’t finish their outlines at school had to take them home to get theirs finished over the weekend. They’ll be due on Tuesday, November 22nd. Students who finished their outlines early started using the outline to create the first draft of what Mrs. Sparhawk likes to call the “Favorites Essay”, which won’t be due until after Thanksgiving vacation.

Don’t forget to study for tomorrow’s spelling/vocabulary test everyone! Thanks for checking in!

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About Chelly Wood

I am a school librarian with an English degree, and I like to write books. My literary agent is Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

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