Monday, March 16, 2015

A 100 Word Challenge and Crafting Your Thesis

What happened 'as they turned the corner' in this week's 100 Word Challenge?

 Today's Learning Objectives  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasoning and relevant evidence. 

Showcase Writer: Natalia (Again)  Many of you continue to get wonderful feedback on your 100 Word Challenge writing from readers all over the world. However, one student in particular just received a very special recognition for the second time for her "... then when I looked out the plane ..." story. Our very own Natalia, from Period 3, was singled out once again as a Showcase winning writer; this time for her imaginative story about a plane trip that begins with frustration but ends with enchantment and wonder. As part of the Week 24 Showcase, her name and story have been published internationally, and she will receive a special showcase badge and certificate for her achievement. If you see Natalia, give her major props for this very special honor! Her original story and new showcase badge are featured below.

A New 100 Word Challenge  This week's intriguing 100 Word Challenge challenges you to make 'turning the corner' a centerpiece of your narrative.    

Questions to consider: Are your characters turning the corner literally or figuratively? To 'turn the corner' can also be an idiom, which can mean to "pass a milestone or critical point, begin to recover." Example: I was really ill on Tuesday and Wednesday but I think I've finally turned the corner. If it's a literal corner, where does your corner take place? Near an alleyway, a busy street, a mountain road, a hallway? Does your story take place in the day or at night? What are your characters doing before and as they 'turn the corner'? What do you they see or experience after they 'turn the corner'? 

You have a lot to consider. Please begin to plan and ultimately draft your story using the document 100 Word Challenge: ... as they turned the corner ... (Week 26), which you can find in your Language Arts folders.   

Argument Essay: Reviewing the Structure and Crafting Your Thesis  As we move from gathering evidence to drafting our argument essay, it's import to review the purpose and structure of an argument essay. Watch the video below. 

The most important component of the argument essay is the thesis statement. A thesis statement is simply an argument that you are going to prove. It is the roadmap to your essay and explains to the reader exactly what you will discuss in your paper. 

Using the document Write an Argument Essay: Steps 1 - 4, let's work on Step 4 and craft the thesis of our argument essay now. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 3rd Quarter Reading Log(2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: ... as they turned the corner ... (Week 26) story. (3.) Complete the assignment Write an Argument Essay: Steps 1 - 4. 

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