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Writing Workshop 1. Grade Breakdown. 6 100-A 5 90-A 4 80-B 3 70- C 2 60- D 1 55- F 0 Did not turn in . Topic Sentence.

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Grade breakdown
Grade Breakdown

  • 6 100-A

  • 5 90-A

  • 4 80-B

  • 3 70- C

  • 2 60- D

  • 1 55- F

  • 0 Did not turn in

Topic sentence
Topic Sentence

  • Highlight/Underline the first sentence and last sentence of your paragraph(s) in green

  • Check to see if your topic sentence could be improved by adding a strong verb and making sure that it states the idea of that paragraph

  • Check to see if your concluding sentence takes a stance or revisits the topic in some way

Locate your star ideas
Locate your Star Ideas

  • Highlight in yellow or place a big star next to your big ideas

  • If you have trouble finding them, chances are your reader (that’s me) will too.


Highlight the support for your Star Ideas in pink or underline in red

Ask yourself:

1) Do you have enough support?

2) Is what you wrote even supporting a star idea or is it just rambling?

What works
What Works?

  • Good close reading

  • Making a T-chart

    Papers with t-charts were astoundingly better organized.

  • Quoting part of the article and then responding to that quote specifically

    Let’s look at one example of a 6 level paper by Simiah Johnson.

Needs improvement
Needs Improvement

  • Avoid stating the obvious:

    Get rid of all of the following:

    I think


    In my opinion

    I believe that

    As you can see

Get rid of 2 nd person pronouns
Get Rid of 2nd Person Pronouns

  • That means ABSOLUTELY NO

  • You

  • We

  • Us

  • Me

    in formal writing.

Inserting quotes
Inserting Quotes

Remember TAG!




According to the article “Elon Studies the Future of ‘Generation Always-On’” by Dan Anderson, youth of today have a “thirst for instant gratification.”

According to a study by Elon University, young people are living a “hyper-connected lifestyle.”

Danah Boyd, senior researcher with Microsoft, stated, “There is no doubt that brains are being rewired.”

Take yourself out of the paper
Take yourself out of the paper!

  • Instead of saying, “I also read in the article…”

  • Say “According to the article,” or “The article states,”


  • 12 pt. font, New Times Roman or Courier

  • Indent for new paragraphs

  • Double-spaced


    Top right hand corner

  • Your Name

  • Teacher’s Name

  • Subject

  • Date Assignment is Due


  • Each number corresponds with a specific grammatical error

  • Locate the correct handout in your Writers’ Notebook and write the rule for the error you made.

  • Correct this error in your paper also.

Next thursday
Next Thursday

  • Bring in your original paper.

  • Your revised paper.

  • Your corrections (the rules) written out.

  • Your Writers’ Workshop Checklist