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Copy of Writing in a Nutshell

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Writing in a Nutshell
Grammar - Revising and Editing
Why is grammar important?

#1 Reason - We want to create
lifelong
readers and writers. Give them a
resource
for the future.

STAAR
-wise:
The Revising and Editing portion makes up
60%
of the overall 4th Grade STAAR Writing score.

Students who understand parts of speech will better communicate and comprehend.




Personal Narrative
In narrative writing, students are telling a story of a particular moment, NOT a whole day.
Explaining Expository
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
Innovative Introductions
RIP over-used words
Replacement Transitions
Emotional Roller coaster
How are your acting skills?
Six kinds of Expository Styles.... yes 6!
Inform
Inform and tell why
Procedural
Masked
Compare and Contrast
Classificatory
OCTO Surgery
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!!
SPLASH ZONE
How & Why CAFE - Can I take your order?
H
ow - How do you know? How can you do it?
W
hy - Why is it necessary?
C
autions - Giving cautionary advice about the subject.
A
necdote - Give a short personal story
F
act - Give evidence that can be proven (on a child's level
E
xample - Share someone else's experience
MAKE
&

TAKE
!!!
TWA - The Writing Academy
You REALLY NEED to go!
Visit
www.twa.net
to search and register for their upcoming conferences and workshops!
Look for the conferences taught by
Randi Whitney
herself!

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
and
editing
?

REVISING - A.R.M.S
(Add, remove, move and substitute)

EDITING - C.U.P.S (Capitalization, usage, punctuation and spelling)
3 Question Approaches:

Change
- 15
Correct
- 5
BEST
- 8

Each are handled in different ways.
Change

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

Correct
Comma Rules -
Parts of Speech
Fragments and Run-ons -
Capitalization -
Punctuation

BEST
Transitions -
Word Choice -
Sequencing -
Fluency -
Commas -
+ adds something

- subtracts something

alter something

no change needed
CHANGE Coding Marks
Why?

* Telescope - use the scrapbook paper, stickers and glue to decorate your telescope
Replacement Transitions
Innovative Introductions
Acting Template
Grammar Guide
Grammar Activities
Spelling Rule List
How & Why Concentration
Process Conflict
Cookies for Jazzy
Homophone Volleyball
Sightword Spoons


Take them all! Take these activies back to your class! They WILL help your students!
Look for:

Off Topic
Cause/Effect
Reasonableness
Repeating
Use of Commas
Topic Sentences
Supporting Details
Concluding Statements -
Reflection
,
Look forward
or
Lesson

Make sure students are coding or proving their answer choices. The messier the better!

(To the tune of On Top of Old Smokey)
Oh, a
topic sentence
,
Has the central idea!

It tells what in the paragraph, you're going to hear!
Grammar Guide
(Parts of Speech, Spelling, Punctuation
and Revising Rules)
Weather Diagramming
Bananas
for Commas!
Songs and Chants!
Just tell me what I can do in my classroom starting Monday!!!
Taste the

R
a
i
n
b
o
w
!
T-O-O!
Also, very, also, very!
T-O-O!
Also, very, also, very!
T-O,G-O,T-O,G-O,T-O,G-O! UM!
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