Monday, March 31, 2014

Write an Argument Essay: The Introduction Paragraph

Warm Up  Happy Monday!  I hope you each had a beautiful weekend.  Now it's time to get to work!  Let's begin today by heading over to School Loop and checking your updated Language Arts and Social Studies grades.  Your grades reflect your work on last week's reading log, your week of Language Arts assignments, the Shang Dynasty Quiz, and your digital Ancient China assignments.  Are your grades where you want them to be?  If not, what's going on?  What's up with the Digital Reading Log?  Why is this posing such a challenge to so many of you?  Let's have a class conversation.  By the way, if you have any personal concerns about your grades, do not hesitate to message me privately using Loop Mail.  I'd also like to introduce you to a new method for turning in late assignments (which you may have noticed a link to on the right side of the blog).   

Grammar Practice: Apostrophes  Head on over to NoRedInk for some 'Apostrophe' practice.  If you need a refresher on how to use apostrophes before you begin your assignment, visit here.  

Argument Essay Resources:  Outline, Checklist, and Transition Word List  To support you in the writing of your Argument Essay you have several resources available to you.  You can find an Argument Essay Outline here, an Argument Essay Checklist here, and a handy Transition Word List here.  

Write an Argument Essay: The Introduction Paragraph  Your introduction paragraph should include your "hook," your summary of the issue, and, most importantly, your thesis statement.  You should have written each of these last week, so now it's just time to put them together and begin your essay.  Write your essay using the document here.  It includes an outline and reminders on how to strengthen each section of your essay.  As soon as you don't need one of the added supports any longer, just delete it from your doc.  Good luck on your essay!  

Homework  (1.) 30 minutes of silent reading at home.  Make sure to record your reading on one of the digital reading logs available.  Our weekly Google Form reading log is here and the Google Spreadsheet reading log can be found here.  (2.)  Complete the NoRedInk Apostrophe assignment.  (3.) Complete the introduction paragraph of your Argument Essay.  

Bonus Video of the Day  Have you seen the new movie that was just released about Cesar Chavez?  If you haven't, consider checking it out.  Cesar Chavez was such an important American Civil Right hero and meant so much to so many families and workers right here in our own community.  You can watch a preview below.