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U.S. Presidents Essay

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Transcript of U.S. Presidents Essay

The Writing Process
What are the steps?
What are we going to research?
U.S. Presidents Essay
5th Grade
Mrs. Rettig

Step 1 - Plan and Prewrite
Step 2 - Draft
Step 3 - Revise
Step 4 - Edit
Step 5 - Publish

Each of you will be assigned a U.S. President to research and write about
In order to keep your ideas in order, and to remember where you found the ideas, there are four items that you should include on the index card

Noodle Tools will do this for you!
Stay organized…
When a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.

As Christians, we are called to a high standard of living. “Be holy, because I am holy,” our Heavenly Father commands us and Proverbs 11:3 states, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity” (NIV).

This high standard should carry over into all that we do, including school work. Students at Calvary Christian Academy are expected to know and abide by the above definition of plagiarism. This definition is binding on any and all writing assignments students may complete for any class, whether it be formal or informal. Written work should reflect the individual student’s ideas.
Plagiarism
Web Source Format:

Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). “Article
Name.” Name of Site. Version number. Name of
institution/ organization affiliated with the site
(sponsor or publisher). Date of last update. Medium of
publication. Date of access.
Works Cited Page: Web
To acknowledge our sources (show where we found the information)

To give our readers information to identify and consult our sources

To make sure our information is accurate

To show academic honesty
Why do we need a Works Cited page?
Childhood
Adult life
People or events that influenced his life
Accomplishments
Characteristics
Faith/Religious views and how they affected presidency
Political Party affiliation and how it affected presidency
Unusual/interesting facts
Think of your own main point to fit the topic
Body Paragraphs
At Least 3 Main Points
5 Paragraphs (minimum)
Introduction
Body Paragraph
Body Paragraph
Body Paragraph
Conclusion

12 pt. New Times Roman, double spaced
Step 1 –
Plan and Pre-Write
Conclusion

What is it? - A conclusion is the last paragraph in your research paper, or the last part in any other type of presentation.

Why do it? - A conclusion is like the final chord in a song. It makes the listener feel that the piece is complete and well done. The same is true for your audience. You want them to feel that you supported what you stated in your thesis. You then become a reliable author for them and they are impressed by that and will be more likely to read your work in the future. They may also have learned something and maybe have had their opinion changed by what you have written or created!

How do I do it? - A conclusion is, in some ways, like your introduction. You restate your thesis and summarize your main points of evidence for the reader
Step 2 - Draft
Body Paragraphs (Minimum of 3)

Each paragraph should:
*Focus on one point
*Have a topic sentence and supporting details
*Have a transition to the next paragraph
Step 2 - Draft
Introduction

Hook -What is interesting about your topic? Hook your readers with an interesting fact that might make them curious about this topic.

A thesis statement is considered the topic sentence of an essay. The purpose of the thesis statement is to identify the topic/reason for writing) and the position/opinion (what you plan to prove or explain).
Step 2 – Draft
Due February 10, 2014
Under the topic sentence for each paragraph, list some of the supporting details, examples, or ideas you want to include in each paragraph.
Supporting Details
The topic sentence for each body paragraph should support the thesis statement.
The topic sentences need to agree with the main idea or subpoints in the thesis statement; otherwise, the essay could be confusing.
Topic Sentences
Essay Outline
I. Introduction
A. Thesis: _____________________
II. Body Paragraph #1
A. Topic Sentence: _____________
B. Supporting Idea
C. Supporting Idea
III. Body Paragraph #2
A. Topic Sentence: ____________
B. Supporting Idea
C. Supporting Idea
IV. Body Paragraph #3
A. Topic Sentence: ____________
B. Supporting Idea
C. Supporting Idea
V. Conclusion
Example Outline
So what is an outline?
Before you begin writing the first draft of your essay, it is important to make an outline.
An outline is a general plan of what you are going to write.
You can compare making an outline to drawing plans to build a house. Before one begins to build a house, it is best to draw up plans to make sure that a house is built in the way you want.
The same is true with writing an essay and making an outline.
Outline
Due January 28, 2014
As you find interesting facts about your topic, you will add them to Noodle Tools

Each idea should be paraphrased (summarized in your own words), and written on a card.
So, what goes on the Note Card?
You will use Noodle Tools (www.noodletools.com) to organize information from your online sources
Copied text in
red
Paraphrased information (your words) in
green

What does this look like?

Source #1 (Book)
[What the books states:]
At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government.
[My words:]
Ronald Reagan wanted Americans to be more independent so he introduced a program called Reagan Revolution. He was president for two years and at the end of his two terms in office, he believed he had achieved his goal through this plan.
Note Cards - Noodle Tools
Due January 23, 2014
Examples:
Bernstein, Mark. “10 Tips on Writing the Living Web.” A List Apart: For
People Who Make Websites. A List Apart Mag., 16 Aug. 2002. Web.
4 May 2009.
Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory. Purdue U, 28 Nov.
2003. Web. 10 May 2006.
“How to Make Vegetarian Chili.” eHow.com. eHow. n.d. Web. 24 Feb.
2009.
Works Cited Page: Web
Basic Format:
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book (Italicized). Place of Publication:
Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

Examples:
Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York:
Penguin, 1987. Print.
Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to
Peer Tutoring. Boston: Allyn, 2000. Print.
Palmer, William J. Dickens and New Historicism. New York: St.
Martin's, 1997. Print.
Works Cited Page: Books
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is a commonly used style to write papers and cite sources.

A Works Cited page is an alphabetical list of all sources you use for your research essay including
books
encyclopedias
websites

Microsoft Word and Noodle Tools can do this for you automatically
MLA Style Works Cited Page
Due February 4, 2014
You will be assigned a United States President to research.

The research you will do on this person will help you to create a formal five paragraph (minimum) typed essay.

This report will count as Language and Social Studies grades.
U.S. President Research Essay Requirements
Presents complete, accurate information based on research

Focuses on a thesis or controlling idea

Follows an appropriately organized structure that includes paragraphs and topic sentences

Uses specific facts, details, and examples as evidence to support key ideas
Key Features of a Research Essay
5th Grade Social Studies
By: Miss Brumby, Mrs. Rettig
U.S. Presidents
Research Essay
supporting details,
examples, and ideas
II. Body Paragraph #1:
Topic Sentence: The way you dress can have a big impact on an interview panel’s first impressions of you.
A. Men and women should consider wearing dark suits.
B. Conservative dress will show the interview panel you are serious about what you do.
C. Don’t carry too many things into the interview. A notebook, pens, and/or laptop computer should be carried in a briefcase.
D. Hair and nails should be clean and neat.
Supporting Details
.
4 Items to include on card
Example Outline
I. Introduction- Thesis Statement:
A job interview can often make or break your chances of getting your dream job. There are several things that you can do in an interview to increase the possibility of your success such as, dressing properly, answering interview questions thoroughly, and asking good questions at the end of the interview.

II.Body Paragraph #1:
Topic Sentence:
The way you dress can have a big impact on an interview panel’s first impressions of you.
A. Men and women should consider wearing dark suits.
B. Conservative dress will show the interview panel you are serious about what you do.
C. Don’t carry too many things into the interview. A notebook, pens, and/or laptop computer should be carried in a briefcase.
D. Hair and nails should be clean and neat.

III. Body Paragraph #2:
Topic Sentence
: An interview is an opportunity for potential employers to get to know you better, so it is important that you answer each question as completely as possible.
A. Ask interviewers to repeat questions you don’t understand.
B. Take some time to think about the questions before you answer.
C. A notebook to write down key words in interview questions is sometimes helpful.

IV. Body Paragraph #3:
Topic Sentence:
By preparing some thoughtful questions for the end of the interview, you can show the panel that you have prepared for the interview and want the job.
A. Research the job and/or company before you go to the interview.
B. The interview is your opportunity to get to know your potential employer. Ask questions about company goals, mission, expectations of employees, etc.
C. Don’t ask questions about benefits or salary during the interview. You should try to get this information before you apply for the job.

V. Conclusion:
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good interview.
Topic Sentence- Paragraph #3:
By preparing some thoughtful questions for the end of the interview, you can show the panel that you have prepared for the interview and want the job.
Topic Sentence- Paragraph #2:
An interview is an opportunity for potential employers to get to know you better, so it is important that you answer each question as completely as possible.
Topic Sentence Paragraph #1:
The way you dress can have a big impact on an interview panel’s first impressions of you.
Topic Sentences
The Process
Thesis Statement
A job interview can often make or break your chances of getting your dream job. There are several things that you can do in an interview to increase the possibility of your success such as dressing properly, answering interview questions thoroughly, and asking good questions at the end of the interview.
In a formal outline,
Roman numerals can
be used to represent
paragraphs. Capital
letters can be used to
represent supporting
details for the
paragraphs.
Making an Outline
Topic Sentence #3
Topic Sentence #2
Topic Sentence #1
ESSAY OUTLINE

Thesis Statement
To begin an outline, you need to start with your thesis statement.
The thesis statement will be your guide
throughout the process of writing your essay.
From the thesis statement, you can begin writing the topic sentences for the body paragraphs in the outline.
Thesis Statement
Essay Outline

I. Introduction:
A. Thesis: ____________________
II. Body Paragraph #1
A. Topic Sentence: _________
B. Supporting Idea
C. Supporting Idea
III. Body Paragraph #2
A. Topic Sentence: _________
B. Supporting Idea
C. Supporting Idea
IV. Body Paragraph #3
A. Topic Sentence: _________
B. Supporting Idea
C. Supporting Idea
V. Conclusion
Step 3 - Revise
The Big Stuff:

Move paragraphs and sentences
Do you have a combination of simple, compound and complex sentences?
Do your paragraphs transition well?
Delete unnecessary or unrelated information
Look for more interesting ways to state information (thesaurus)
Give your paper more zing - you want to excite your reader!
Have you said what you want to say?
Step 4 - Edit
Does your paper have:
Correct Spelling?
Proper Grammar?
Correct Punctuation?
Does it contain run on sentences or fragments?
Step 5 - Publish
Final Paper - Typed. No later than February 18, 2014
Include an image on your cover page
PowerPoint or Prezi
Have Fun - Dress up if you like!
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