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Writing a Thank You Note
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Writing a Paragraph
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Writing a Summary
Writing a Summary for Fiction – Template
Writing a Friendly Letter
Writing a Friendly Letter is a snap when you use the Friendly Letter Generator! Click here to begin: Friendly Letter Generator
Assignment #1: Letter to Taiwan Penpal explaining Christmas.
Write three paragraphs to your Taiwan penal using the letter generator. Once you are finished, print it and PRINT your first name and last initial after the closing.
*The BODY of your friendly letter should include these things:
- Paragraph One: 3-5 sentences explaining some of the symbols that are often associated with Christmas.
- Click here to learn about some of the many SIGNS OF CHRISTMAS
- Paragraph Two: 3-5 sentences telling how you [or someone you know] celebrates Christmas.
*Include a POSTSCRIPT in your Friendly Letter that gives a holiday wish, such as “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”
*On the BACK OF YOUR LETTER, draw a picture illustrating 3-5 objects seen at Christmastime
- Label what each object is
- Print a caption explaining what each object symbolizes.
Assignment #4: Letter to Taiwan Penpal about Edgewood Middle School
Write three paragraphs PLUS a Postscript [P.S.] to your Taiwan Penpal using the Friendly Letter Generator. Once you are finished, print it. [Do not sign your name, as your penpal does not understand cursive writing.]
- connect with my Taiwan Penpal using technology to publish a friendly letter. [Common Core W.7.4, W.7.5, & 7.6]
- show my understanding of three types of sentences. [Common Core L.7.2]
- demonstrate my knowledge of the different ways commas are used in writing. [Common Core L.7.2]
- Use the Friendly Letter Writer Generator to produce the letter. Using this generator will help you confirm your knowledge of using a comma between city and state, as well as between the day and year. Also, be sure to write at least one sentence in your letter that ends with a period, an exclamation point, and a question mark!
- Paragraph One:
- Write 3-5 complete sentences describing Edgewood Middle School. [where it is located, how many students, grade levels, number of teachers, sports/music/art programs, etc.]
- This paragraph should confirm you know how to use commas between adjectives.
- Paragraph Two:
- Write 3-5 complete sentences explaining what you like most about Edgewood Middle School.
- The first sentence should demonstrate your knowledge of using commas between items in a series.
- The sentences that follow should explain the things you have mentioned in your series.
- Paragraph Three:
- Write 3-5 easy questions about Siang He Elementary School for your penpal to answer.
- One of these sentences should demonstrate your knowledge of using a comma after introductory material. [Well, Please, Tom, etc.]
- Post Script:
- P.S. My full name is ______, but my friends call me _____. [Your Taiwan Penpal needs to have your entire first name.]
Using Dialogue in Writing
How to Punctuate Dialogue
Cornell Note Taking System
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How to Organize Your Essay
How to Write a ‘Hook’ for an Essay
Writing a Strong Thesis Statement
What NOT to write in an essay!
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How to Write a BioPoem
[Line 1] ‘Nickname’ that the person goes by
[Line 2] Three or four strong adjectives that describe the person
[Line 3] Important relationship [daughter of…aunt of…nephew of…etc.]
[Line 4] Two or three things, people, or ideas the person loves
[Line 5] Three feelings the person has experienced
[Line 6] Three fears the person has experienced
[Line 7] Accomplishments [who plays…, who composed…, who designs…etc.]
[Line 8] Two or three things the person wants to see happen or wants to experience
[Line 9] Where the person was born and where she/he currently lives
[Line 10] Name of person–that appears on birth certificate
Example of a BioPoem
Determined, brave, strong, loving
Wife of Raymond Parks, mother of all children
Who loved equality, freedom, and the benefits of a good education
Who hated discrimination, oved to stand up for her beliefs, and loved to help others
Who feared that racism would continue, feared losing the opportunity to make a difference, and feared that young people might lose opportunities to develop strength and courage
Who changed history as she accomplished great strides for equality and encouraged excellence for all
Who wanted to see love triumph and see an end to all bias and discrimination in a world in which respect is freely given to all
Born in Alabama and living in Detroit
How to Write a Narrative Essay
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