Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Writing Performance Task: The Informational Essay (Day 2)

Writing an Informational Essay: The Introductory Paragraph  Yesterday you had an opportunity to review the prompt for the essay about the Grand Canyon, reread the three source articles, and begin planning your essay. Today your focus shifts to beginning to craft the introductory paragraph. Considering this is an assessment, I obviously cannot tell you what to write but I can remind you of the components that make a strong essay, and in this case an effective introductory paragraph. The introduction paragraph establishes a connection with your reader and serves as a roadmap, so they know where you will be heading in your essay. To review what should be included in an introductory paragraph, watch the video and examine the image below. 
After you establish your opening sentence or hook (which can include an interesting question, a startling fact or statistic, or a personal anecdote), you should transition to your thesis statement. To review what a thesis statement (or sentence) is check out the information below.
Now you are ready to begin writing your own introductory paragraph. You can do so using the document Writing Performance Task: Part Two (The Informational Essay) we started using yesterday.

Spelling Bee  Lakeview will be holding its annual Spelling Bee next Thursday. Do you want to compete? Try to spell the words correctly today and let me know if you would like to be considered for next Thursday's competition.

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: Photograph (Week #14) story, which we will also publish on Friday, December 5.