Friday, March 28, 2014

Write an Argument Essay: Summarizing the Issue


Warm Up  Aloha Friday!  Let's begin today reading and analyzing some nonfiction at Newsela.  Log in, check your "Binder," and locate the article entitled "Complaints about homework go from too little to too much."  Make sure the reading level is set to 790L (Grade Level: 5).  Read the article carefully and then take the quiz.  Good luck!

Core Skill Activity: Summarizing  An objective summary is a short statement or paragraph that tells what an article is about. An objective summary does not include irrelevant details or the opinions of the person writing it.  A sample of an objective summary of the article “Should School Start Later?” can be found here.  It contains some information that it shouldn’t.  Let's edit the document and remove unnecessary sentences and phrases.

Write an Argument Essay: Summarizing the Issue  After writing the hook, you need to let readers know a little about the issue you will be writing about.  This is not your point of view; it's a very brief summary of the issue-in this case, the debate over whether school should begin later in the day.  Practice summarizing the issue using the same document you used yesterday.  If you still need a copy, you can find it here.  

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.  Deadline:  I will be checking this week's reading log on Monday, March 31.  (2.) Complete your 'Summary of the Issue' (Argument Essay: Step 6).