Spring Writing, Week 4

Hour 1

Learn about Articles (15)

Some people had questions about articles. Let’s do a lesson about articles.

Get the worksheet about articles here.

Review – Complex Sentences (10)

  • Textbook page 44.
  • Write 8 sentences.

Mon-Thues Feedback on Writing (5)

Examples of great writing.

Thu-Fri Feedback on Writing (5)

Examples of great writing and some ideas to get better.

Mon-Tues Skill: Learning Voice (10)

  • Draw a picture.
  • Debrief.
  • Voice makes writing interesting.

Skill: Add Details (10)

  • Look at the slide show.
  • Debrief, “show me, don’t tell me”
  • Details make writing interesting.

Hour 2

Free Writing (10)

Write freely in your notebook. This is personal writing.


  • no stopping
  • no erasers
  • no dictionaries

Assignment #2 (5)

Next week is week 5. You will hand in writing assignment #2 (5%)

Keep your assignments. Rewrite them. Make then better.

You will need them for the midterm exam.

Homework Check (10)

Talk to a partner and check your answers.

  • Death by Scrabble.
  • Re-write the time order paragraph.
  • Page 36-27 review prepositions.
  • Page 46 edit

After reading Death by Scrabble, make notes to answer these points:

  • Describe the characters, plot, and setting.
  • How does the writer create structure in the story?
  • How does the writer give us hints about what is going to happen next in the story?
  • What happened at the end of the story?

More Articles Practice (10)

Can you remember the rules about articles? Let’s check.

More articles practice.

Rewrite (10)

Rewrite the first draft you made yesterday (a paragraph about one day).

Can you remember the rules about articles? Let’s check.

Hour 3

Assignment #2 (40)

Textbook, page 45. Write 2-3 paragraphs.

Use all the skills with have learned so far:

  • interesting first sentence (idea)
  • paragraph unity
  • complex sentence (sentence variety)
  • voice (your unique experience, ideas, charater)
  • writing as a process which is slowly corrected with several drafts (process)

More Editing (10)

Find and fix the errors on page 46.

Then self-check on page 243.

Use Show Me (20)

Here is a short story. It is one paragraph. Quickly rewrite.

The river was moving fast and I was starting to think the rafting trip was a bad idea. My heart was beating so hard I could feel it in my throat. Every time the raft approached a rock, I grabbed my life jacket a little harder. When would this horrible trip be over? Would I survive? I closed my eyes and waited.

It is boring.

  • no details
  • no personality (voice)
  • no beginning, middle, or end (story)
  • too many unanswered questions (how fast, why a bad idea, etc)
  • boring first sentence
  • not much sentence variety

Challenge: rewrite the story. Add voice, details, structure. Create something fun to read.

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