Students should finish their final drafts of their personal essays over the weekend and bring them back to school on Monday. These can be hand written or (preferably) typed. They must have 5 paragraphs (an introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion)
We've been working on these for the last few weeks, and I think they're going to be pretty good.
Just to give you an idea of what they're doing--they started with a thesis (a thought, feeling, or belief...such as "I believe cats are better than dogs) and then came up with 3 reasons why they believe their thesis to be true. These 3 reasons become the topics of the body paragraphs.
Students filled in a chart as a way of organizing their ideas. They'll be bringing this home along with their rough drafts. They'll also have a checklist to guide them. And, of course, they have you to help.
Just a couple other notes:
*Report cards were sent home today in sealed envelopes. Sorry about the mix-up in the week's earlier blog post.
*Book-in-a-Bag sheets are due Monday. Their log sheet needs to be complete and they got an extra comprehension question that needs to be answered. Thanks for your help launching this. It's going great so far.