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Copy of Writing in a Nutshell
Transcript of Copy of Writing in a Nutshell
Grammar - Revising and Editing
Why is grammar important?
#1 Reason - We want to create
readers and writers. Give them a
for the future.
The Revising and Editing portion makes up
of the overall 4th Grade STAAR Writing score.
Students who understand parts of speech will better communicate and comprehend.
In narrative writing, students are telling a story of a particular moment, NOT a whole day.
In expository writing, students are asked to explain and give details based on a broad topic.
Foundations for a Narrative
Magnify and Telescope your writing
Who needs a list? Reach for the STARS!!
The Writing Process (Time for a conflict!)
3 step plan
We have a plan... now what??
Writing Your Narrative
RIP over-used words
Emotional Roller coaster
How are your acting skills?
Six kinds of Expository Styles.... yes 6!
Inform and tell why
Compare and Contrast
O - omit : Cross out what doesn't belong!
C - combine : Connect two similar ideas
T - toss : It's not out for good, just on hold
O - organize : number the ideas to make a plan
Chunk it out!!
How & Why CAFE - Can I take your order?
ow - How do you know? How can you do it?
hy - Why is it necessary?
autions - Giving cautionary advice about the subject.
necdote - Give a short personal story
act - Give evidence that can be proven (on a child's level
xample - Share someone else's experience
TWA - The Writing Academy
You REALLY NEED to go!
to search and register for their upcoming conferences and workshops!
Look for the conferences taught by
The TWA staff and knowledge gained is well worth the time and money!
The ideas shared here are adapted from our experiences with the TWA workshop and what we really do in our classrooms.
A Quick Plug: What's the difference between
REVISING - A.R.M.S
(Add, remove, move and substitute)
EDITING - C.U.P.S (Capitalization, usage, punctuation and spelling)
3 Question Approaches:
Each are handled in different ways.
Most Misspelled Sight Words
Commonly Misspelled Words -3
Spelling Rules -
Contractions - 1
Homophones - 2
Misused and Confused Words - 1
Nouns - 1
(Singular, Plural and Possessive)
Verbs - 2
Types, Tense and Subject/Verb)
Comma Rules - 7
Comma Rules -
Parts of Speech
Fragments and Run-ons -
Word Choice -
+ adds something
- subtracts something
no change needed
CHANGE Coding Marks
* Telescope - use the scrapbook paper, stickers and glue to decorate your telescope
Spelling Rule List
How & Why Concentration
Cookies for Jazzy
Take them all! Take these activies back to your class! They WILL help your students!
Use of Commas
Concluding Statements -
Make sure students are coding or proving their answer choices. The messier the better!
(To the tune of On Top of Old Smokey)
Has the central idea!
It tells what in the paragraph, you're going to hear!
(Parts of Speech, Spelling, Punctuation
and Revising Rules)
Songs and Chants!
Just tell me what I can do in my classroom starting Monday!!!
Also, very, also, very!
Also, very, also, very!