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DAILY LANGUAGE REVIEW: Ask your teacher if she took grades on the DLR and find out from a classmate which one(s) you missed. If you were absent when your teacher took grades on the DLR, find a copy of the one you missed in the make-up work center. Take it home and edit and/or revise it as needed. Before you turn it in to the teacher, please draw a box around the one you missed with a highlighter pen, and tell your teacher “I still need a grade for this.” (Otherwise it may get lost in the stacks of other DLR assignments.)

DAILY CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES: 

Monday, Sept. 21: Today we had a substitute teacher. She had us review underlining and quotation mark use with titles. We also read about parenthetical citation in the Write Source textbook. Ask your teacher to go over the lesson with you one-on-one, as time allows, so you will know how to edit the sample essay, “Hearst vs. Ismay: Who’s the Real Villain?” which can be found in box 4, in the make-up work center. (Take this sample essay home with you and edit it, using the proofreading symbols for quotation marks, parentheses, and underlining.)

Tuesday, Sept. 22: Today we were given our graded outlines back, so we could use them to guide us as we wrote the first draft of our Titanic essays. (Ask your teacher for your outline if you were gone today.) Your essay needs to follow the outline as a guide. Therefore your first draft will have a thesis statement at the bottom of the introductory paragraph. It will include three quotations in the body paragraphs, and the final paragraph will include a restated thesis with a conclusion.

Wednesday, Sept. 23: We continued writing our first drafts of the essays today. Your essay needs to follow the outline as a guide. Therefore your first draft will have a thesis statement at the bottom of the introductory paragraph. It will include three quotations in the body paragraphs, and the final paragraph will include a restated thesis with a conclusion.

Thursday, Sept. 24: Today we turned in our first draft of the essay, even if we weren’t quite done with it. If you need more time to finish yours, please plan to attend Friday school this week, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. Staple the following things to your essay, in this order (each one counts for points):

  • Top: 1st Draft of Essay
  • Next: Outline
  • Next: Thesis Graphic Organizer
  • Bottom: Editor’s Page
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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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