MEL-Con:. Changing students’ writing one paragraph at a time. Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Agenda: McGeary Why MEL CON?, Kopecky: --How to roll out MEL CON for freshman paragraph writing. Cosby: --How to use MEL CON for Sophomore papers. --MEL CON for Juniors and Seniors.
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Changing students’ writing one paragraph at a time
Why MEL CON?,
--How to roll out MEL CON for freshman paragraph writing.
--How to use MEL CON for Sophomore papers.
--MEL CON for Juniors and Seniors.
Claahsen, Durham, Paskiewicz
Discuss how to use MEL-Con in different disciplines
What the heck is MEL-Con?
Why should I care about MEL-Con?
What happens if I REFUSE to use MEL-Con?
The Mel-Con body paragraph:
M = Main Idea (Topic Sentence)
E = Evidence (Support/Examples/Proof)
L = Link (Explains how support proves main idea) should be E! MEE-Con!
Con = Concluding sentence (summarizes main idea and evidence)
What is a main idea?
First sentence of paragraph (topic sentence)
Answer the question or respond to the prompt.
Prompt: Should high school students have to write MEL-Con paragraphs?
High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs. OR
High school students should not have to write MEL-Con paragraphs.
Each piece of evidence should begin with a transition
Something that connects one piece of information to another
Introduces new information
The handy-dandy transition packet allows students to choose from a variety of transitions, thus eliminating a stumbling block.
Main idea, transition, evidence:
High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs.To begin, writing MEL-Con paragraphs helps students organize and focus their ideas.
You must have an explanation for each piece of evidence
Links must fully explain how evidence proves the main idea
One link is always at least 2 sentences
Sentence one should further explain the example or provide more specific details.
Sentence two should explain how the evidence supports or proves the main idea.
With 2-sentence explanation (link to main idea:
High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs.To begin, writing MEL-Con paragraphs helps students organize and focus their ideas.By using the MEL-Con format, students will use specific examples to support their argument and will be less likely to diverge from their main idea. By focusing their argument, students will effectively communicate their position, which is an important component of all writing.
The final part of your perfect body paragraph
Should restate the main idea in a different way and include a summary of the evidence.
One sentence long:
Because writing MEL-Con paragraphs helps students maintain focus, it is necessary for all freshmen to use this writing format.
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