Writing ITS REAL. Phyllis Hostmeyer Madison County ROE. Reading – input Reading feeds the mind. Writing – output Writing feeds the soul, organizing the mind Writing has been called the kinesthetic form of reading Students are often more reluctant to write
Madison County ROE
I learned how to write from writers. I didn’t know any personally, but I read.” Cynthia Rylant.
Just read for about four years before you even start. Read everything you can get your hands on. Gary Paulsen
FOCUS 6 POINTS
ORGANIZATION 6 POINTS
SUPPORT 6 POINTS
MECHANICS 2 POINTS
INTEGRATION 6 POINTS x 2
TOTAL 32 POINTS
The opening provides an opportunity for the writer to help the reader to make connections.
I like to play baseball.
I like to be the catcher. I get to wear a face mask. I make signs to the pitcher. Sometimes I tag players at the plate.
I like to bat. I swing the bat as hard as I can. Then I take off and run the bases.
Baseball is fun.
Cars help us to go places.
We drive cars to the stores. We take our car to the grocery store. If we want a video at night, we drive our car to the store.
We also drive our car to school. When it rains, my grandma takes us to school in her car. Sometimes I oversleep and then Grandma takes me to school in her car.
Cars take us many places.
Some trees are over 4000 years old. They are the oldest living things on earth. That means that trees have been helping people for a lot of years. They can help us to breathe. Trees also help us by giving us medicines.
A huge oak tree stands guard outside my bedroom window. Sometimes, I imagine that it is a soldier that protects me from harm. Imagine my surprise when I recently learned that trees really do protect and help us. I learned that they give us oxygen to help us breathe and they even give us medicine to keep us healthy.
Trees can sway like a ballerina when the wind blows through their leaves. When the wind blows hard, trees can shake their branches like an angry person. But the best thing trees can do is to help us by giving us oxygen and medicines.
The oak tree in our backyard is as tall as a giant. I realize that these giants help us every day. They give us oxygen to breathe. They give us medicines to keep us from getting sick.
Crack! Crash! I watched my dad cut down the huge oak tree that had been damaged by the storm. It made me sad to see the tree die because I know how much trees help us. I know that trees provide oxygen for us to breathe and they give us medicines.
The old oak tree in our backyard cradled me in its arms. I felt as safe as a baby. I sat there and thought about the many ways that trees make all of our lives better. Trees help us to breathe. Trees also help us by giving us medicines.
We climbed to the clubhouse constructed in the branches of the oak tree. My friends and I have lots of fun in that clubhouse. But trees give us lots more than just a place to have fun. Trees give us oxygen to help us breathe, and they give us medicines to keep us healthy.
People should think twice before ever cutting down a tree. They need to think because trees help us every day. First, trees help us to breathe. Trees also help us by giving us medicines.
Webster defines a tree as a woody perennial plant having a single long stem with few or no branches on the lower part. I define a tree as something that helps us. Trees help us to breathe. Trees also help us by giving us medicines.
In the fall when we rake leaves, my dad defines a tree as a plant that creates lots of work for us. I define a tree as a plant that gives us lots of help. Trees help us to breathe. Trees give us oxygen and medicine to keep us healthy.
My dad defines a ________ as a _______________ . I define a _______________ as
Have you ever wondered about how much trees help us? Did you know that trees help us to breathe better? I’ll bet you didn’t know that trees also help us by giving us medicines.
Joyce Kilmer wrote, “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” I like looking at the trees too, and this year I learned that trees give us a lot of help. First, they help us to breathe. Second, they give us medicine.
My aunt says that trees make a house beautiful. I agree, trees do make a house beautiful, but they also make our home healthy. Every day trees give us oxygen to breathe. They also give us medicines to keep us healthy.
As we sat around the picnic table, we laughed as falling leaves drifted onto our sandwiches and salads. As I enjoyed the fall colors, I thought about how much trees give to us. I know that trees give us oxygen to breathe, but I recently learned that they also give us medicines.
Statement of Fact Bold statement
Personification Personal Quote
Closing: I like Six Flags for two reasons. First, they have great rides that flip me upside down. I also like Six Flags because they have the yummiest food.Repeated closing
Closing: I can’t wait for out next trip to Six Flags. I hope their wild rides don’t upset my stomach when I find myself looking at the world upside down. Because besides enjoying the rides, I plan on enjoying bunches of snacks and goodies. Six Flags is a great vacation day.Restated closing
Remember, we all admire the colors of the trees in the fall and the cool shade they give us in the summer. So let’s make sure we do everything we can to keep trees healthy and strong.
You can do one last thing if you want to learn more about trees. You can visit www.arborday.com to see pictures of trees and read about them. You can even buy trees to make your yard nicer. Trees are our friends.
I never knew why my grandpa always said, “If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” Now I know how much trees help us. I think I will follow Grandpa’s good advice.
I feel strongly about protecting trees and keeping them strong. Every day they give us so much to keep us healthy. I like trees and want everyone else to like them too.
We need to plant lots of trees so that we can enjoy clean air. Trees help keep us healthy by helping us fight colds and headaches. Trees are our friends.
I’ll bet now that you know how important trees are, you will rush out to plant more of them in your yard. From now on you will look as trees as close personal friends.
Wouldn’t you like to make your life healthier? Why not look around your yard and find some places to plant a few more trees?
Because of trees, we lead healthier lives. Clean air and medicines to make us feel better are just two of the many gifts we get from trees.
Repeated closing Restated closing
Reminder statements Final statement
Closing with a quote Author’s feelings
Closing with a personal comment Prediction
Closing with a question Summary Closing
Determine Importance – Visualize – Vocabulary
Graphic organizers and structures of text will help the students to develop good organization skills.
Signal Words: on one hand, similarly, but, then, either … or
Signal Words: now, then, first, second, next, finally, while
generally, most important, in fact, specifically, for instance, for example
Signal Words: now, then, next, finally, while, first, second
since, as a result, this led to, because, so, if . . . then
Signal Words: because, since, therefore, consequently, hence
Modern Hygiene’s Dirty Trick
Write a research paper of 25 paragraphs discussing the process and ethical dilemmas of cloning. Four – five paragraphs should deal with the process & background information. In the remaining paragraphs pose 3 specific cases in which cloning would be acceptable or unacceptable to you. Examples should be realistic, well-developed, and vexing. Avoid the obviously objectionable – cloning people in order to harvest body parts to sell.
Challenge: What role will economics play in the moral dilemma of cloning?