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DAILY JOURNAL ASSIGNMENTS: 

Monday, Oct. 27: Please copy the following “Tips for Writing a Timed Essay” into your journal:

  • Once you’ve created a thesis, ask your teacher to approve it.
  • Create a very basic, simple outline. Don’t write full sentences into the outline, just stick with a general plan.

Tuesday, Oct. 28: Please copy this “Tip for Writing a Timed Essay” into your journal:

  • When writing the first draft, deliberately embed information from your notes and journal entries into the essay. This proves you know your stuff!

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Copy two more “Timed Essay” tips into your journal:

  • Self-edit your first draft thoroughly. Use the “English Handbook Pages” to help you create the right proofreading symbols.
  • Never make deliberate mistakes in the first draft (for editing’s sake), because if you don’t finish in time, your teacher will be scoring you based only on the first draft!

Thursday, Oct. 30: Copy two more “Timed Essay” tips into your journal:

  • Use neat penmanship on the final draft, so your teacher can really tell what you’ve learned during the past trimester.
  • Don’t turn in your final until you’ve read it at least three times through.

 

DAILY CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES: 

Monday, Oct. 27: Today we finished editing our research paper’s first draft. Remember that when you turn your research paper in for a grade (due this Thursday), you’ll need to have at least 20 actual proofreading symbols on the first draft for full credit. Therefore, if you were gone today, please plan to self-edit extensively or have a friend edit your first draft before you begin revising.

Tuesday, Oct. 28: Today we went to the computer lab to type our essays. In order for your teacher to get the essays graded before the end of the trimester, you need to have yours turned in by Friday (Extra Help day). Remember that you must turn in all of the following:

  1. your thesis graphic organizer
  2. an outline with at least five Roman numerals, indicating five paragraphs
  3. a five-paragraph essay (more paragraphs are possible) for the first draft
  4. the first draft must have at least 20 actual proofreading symbols indicating that it has been well-edited
  5. a five-paragraph essay (more paragraphs are possible) for the final draft, typed and demonstrating revisions based on the edits shown on the first draft

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Today we went to the computer lab to finish typing our essays. In order for your teacher to get the essays graded before the end of the trimester, you need to have yours turned in by Friday (Extra Help day). Remember that you must turn in all of the items listed above, under Tuesday’s classroom activities.

Thursday, Oct. 30: Students who had been absent on Tuesday or Wednesday were allowed to finish typing their essays at the library today. Everyone turned in their research papers on world leaders today, including each of the five items listed under Tuesday, Oct. 28, above.  In order for your teacher to get the essays graded before the end of the trimester, you need to have yours turned in by Friday (Extra Help day). If you do not turn yours in by then, she will search for it in your file folder and turn it in for you. Because finals start next week, there is no extra time allotted for research papers this week. If yours isn’t turned in by Friday, there won’t be time left to turn yours in before the end of the trimester, so please make sure yours is turned in by Friday, even if it’s unfinished.

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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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