Don't forget to have written insightful blog posts on 1,500 pages of 2nd trimester reading by Tuesday, March 15th.
Now would be a great time to check your past posts and make sure they have been commented on and that they are written in the proper format. If it counts, you will have a comment that says, "Count it."
If you need to re-do a post: Do not just edit your existing post. Instead, copy and paste your content into a brand new post and make your revisions there. That way, it will show up in my Google Reader account and I'll be able to see that you've improved your post.
Here is a great example of what your research should look like by Monday. This is of course just one topic and you will need to have three done like this by Monday.
Things to notice:
1. Not all spaces are filled in, but most are
2. Three specific resources are used
3. Keyword outline format is used
4. The topic is clear, simple, and the facts are on topic
5. Some facts are repeated from resource to resource (father died)
At this point, all students should be very close to finishing their research. We will begin using it to draft paragraphs tomorrow (Friday).
Check out these examples of Keyword Outlines and Summaries to see how you can improve your own work.
Remember: An effective Keyword Outline can contain up to 3 words, 2 abbreviations, 2 symbols, and unlimited numbers.
This person underlined their transitions and marked their sentence openers in the right hand column.
This person wrote a topic sentence that tells what the whole paragraph will be about.
These people did very well in some areas, but also made a very common mistake. The topic sentence of the first starts with "Here are some facts..." and the second starts with "This paragraph is how". Some other people made the same mistake by starting with "This paragraph is about..." or "This has lots of facts..."
Remember: Don't refer to your own paragraph in your topic sentence. Take a look at the two paragraphs above to see what you might have written instead.