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Grammar quizzes to study:
Grammar quiz quarter 4 1-A.doc
Warm up grammar 2.pptx


How to Write a claim three different ways:

1. Write a complex sentence using Although: (You are going to prove he was successful.)
Although Robert misspoke his lines, he was a successful actor in the school play.


3. Start with a transition word such as Clearly/ Indeed/Without a doubt/Undeniably/ and add a claim.
Clearly, Robert was a successful actor in the school play.

3. Write a claim with three reasons: This will only work for longer essays, and you need to be careful not to be too wordy.
Robert was a successful actor in the school play because Belinda did not beat him up, the teacher told him he did well, and the students applauded him.

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Revising to Enhance Your Essayl Check List (2).doc

Practice Identifying Sentence Types:

Complex sentence practice.docx

 ISAT 2.0 Practice  
http://idaho.portal.airast.org/ 

 
1) Go to “Students and Families” 2) Go to “Practice and Training Tests” 3) Go to “Take the Practice and Training Tests” 4) Click on the Sign In button 5) Select Grade 6; Is this you? Click Yes 6) Choose Start G6 ELA practice test 7) Click on Select 8) Click on Yes Start My Test 9) Click on the sound icon and click Yes 10) Click on Begin Test Now at the bottom of the instructions

Rubric for writing final-3 categories


Template for paragraphs 2 and 3 for writing final.docx

Presentation-intros to show parts.pptx
 
example of a body paragraph-pp.pptx

Openers, closers, and appositive practice see below under "sentence_structure_practice.doc"

Sentence Structure Practice
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How to make a thesis statement using a complex sentence
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Cx sentences links 
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MLA Format (including how to do a header with page #)

MLA Format
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Transition Sheet 
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colons
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billy_bob_dialog_comic_strip.jpg
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Quotations
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Dialogue Rules
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Quotation Practice
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Kinds of Sentences
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Fanboys: Coordinating Conjunctions:
Use for compound sentences
F-for
A-and
N-nor
B-but
O-or
Y-yet
S-so
Subordinating Conjunctions:
For Complex Sentences
AAAWWUBBIS
A-after
A-although
A-as
W-when
W-while
U-unless
B-because
B-before
I-if
S-since
*Example of a simple sentence:(S)



(One independent clause)
Lizzy rode her bike through the wind and rain.


*Example of a compound sentence:(CD)
(Sentence) + ,  FANBOYS + (Sentence).

Lizzy rode her bike through the wind and rain, but she didn't seem to mind.
*Example of a complex sentence: (CX)

"When the SC's in the beginning there's a comma!"

Subordinating Conjunction(AAAWWUBBIS) +(Dependent Clause) +(,) +(Independent Clause)


Although Lizzy rode her bike through the wind and rain, she didn't seem to mind.
(Although is the SC.)
                                                OR
(Independent clause)Subordinating Conjunction(AAAWWUBBIS) with an (dependent clause)


"When the SC's in the beginning there's NO comma!"


Lizzy didn't seem to mind the wind and rain even though she was riding her bike. (Even though is the SC)

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                                                           Revising your Essay

1.      Read your whole essay aloud.

2.    Write down the topic sentence for paragraphs 2,3,4 on a separate piece of paper. Make sure that this topic sentence is exactly what your paragraphs are about. Staple this to your rough draft.

3.    On the paper with the topic sentences, write down the transitions you used.

4.    Check the sequencing of your paper. Is it in the best order? Do you need to change your paragraphs or sentences around? If so, draw an arrow to indicate the change.

5.    Are all the supporting details relevant? If they are “random” then you need to delete them.

6.    Look for “dead” words and replace them with stronger vocabulary.

                  Things to remember when polishing your essay:

·       Do not a sentence with a conjunction.
·       Make sure you have enough details in a paragraph.
·       Fix your fragments-all sentences should have a subject and a verb.
·       Transitions: do you have any? Have you tied each paragraph to the subject of your essay? Do you have transitions within each paragraph so that your paper will flow smoothly?
·       Conclusion-Do not add a new topic. Make sure you wrap up and do not leave the reader hanging.
·       Sentence and paragraph starts-variety! Make sure that your sentences all start differently.
·       Me and my brother…Hmm! My brother and I, of course!
·       Do not start a sentence with LIKE.
·       Do not use YOU.
·       Difference between expository and narrative-remember, you are not writing a story.
·       Wrap up each individual paragraph on that specific topic.
Things we need to do to revise
                        Some More Thoughts about Revision!

*Hyphenate long words only-for short words, squeeze the letters in/split syllables
*Redundancy is boring! Circle or highlight repetitive words
*Examine your words. Can you find better words to express your thoughts? Use a thesaurus.
*Go through your sentences and count the number of words per sentence. Record them. If numbers are identical, they most likely can be combined-or broken apart to add some variety.
*Circle or underline with a different color all contractions and “ugh” words. Replace the word or re-write the sentence.
*No contractions!
*Each sentence should start differently. (Variety!)
*You need several transitions-use each one only once.
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                     What to do about spelling!
Common Core does not emphasize spelling, but students, of course, still need to know how to spell. This can be problematic if you struggle with spelling! Here are some helpful suggestions:

1. Keep a running list of commonly misspelled words (words YOU misspell frequently). Add to your list regularly and refer to the list often.

2. Have a parent put a check mark to the left of the line where there is a spelling mistake. If there are 2 mistakes, then they can put a 2 on the left. This way, you can hunt for your mistakes and fix them.


3. Use your tools: dictionary, on-line dictionary

4. Always re-read what you wrote and hunt for misspelled words. Break bad habits of spelling site words incorrectly.

5. Some words just need to be memorized.


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               Proper Essay Format
1. Heading: Upper left hand corner (first & last name, Teacher's name, Class and period, MLA date

Ex. Billy Bob Beiber
      Mrs. Fleming
      LA Writing 2
      28 August 2013
2. Title-centered on the first line of your paper. (No floating)
3. All paragraphs must be indented a "thumb" size. (Not the Jolly Green Giant's thumb! :)
4. On the left hand side, make sure that your words (other than the indentations) touch the red margin.
5. On the right hand side, make sure that you leave approximately 2 finger margin.
6. Do not skip a line between paragraphs.
7. Leave one space at the bottom of the paper if you need to continue to the next page. You may write on the back side.
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ISAT Preparation/on line practice:
ISATs for LA Writing will be held in April. Please encourage your child to be practicing on line. http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/6_8/grammar/  Another way to get there: Google Grammar Blast + 6th grade and go to this site. 0r Google internet4classrooms, click on Grade level help, click on 6th grade skills, then language arts activities.

  http://www.prepdog.com/  

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6th Grade Language Arts Writing Vocabulary:
*prewriting-gathering your thoughts and brainstorming before drafting
*graphic organizer-a way to gather your thoughts on paper
*expository-non-fiction that teaches or informs
*topic sentence-first sentence of each paragraph that tells what the rest is about
*supporting details- examples that explain the topic sentence
*drafting-turning your ideas into paragraphs
*revising-improving your writing by rearranging, adding, and deleting info
*editing-changing capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling
*transition words-words or phrases that connect ideas beween sentences and paragraphs

 Introductory paragraphs for your Winter Essay. You may use them as a template or to get ideas. Please try to use your own words. The intro should not go into any details from your graphic organizer. (We don't want to be redundant!) Remember, intros are the hardest part of doing an essay. It takes much practice. Don't get discouraged!  

        It is the best season of the year without a doubt. It fills my heart with joy to anticipate all of the fun activities and special memories. It brings joy and laughter along with the north wind and a blanket of snow. Winter is the season that I look forward to the most.

        As I plop several mini-marshmallows into my cup of steaming hot chocolate, I think of all the fun I am going to have this winter. Memories of snow fights and sledding, skiing and snowmen fill my mind. I cannot wait for the first snow fall. I love winter; it is the very best season of the year.

        Crackling fires, snowmen with carrot noses, holiday cheer, and ski trips to Bogus Basin are just a few of the memories I have when I think of winter. Some people might not appreciate how cold winter can be, but I love it. To me, winter is the best season of the year, and I cannot wait for it to arrive.

        Winter is such an exciting time of year. As the weather begins to turn cold, I peer out my window each morning to see if it has snowed. Jack Frost is a frequent visitor to my neighborhood, and Frosty is waiting to return. I can’t wait!

                              Examples of Conclusions

        As I consider the many activities that I can partake of during the winter, I can most assuredly say that I love this season. Without a doubt, winter has so much to offer. I will look forward to winter year after year. In the meantime, I am going to take full advantage of winter this year.

          It seems that the majority of my favorite memories have taken place during the winter season. Winter truly is a time of fun and excitement and memory-making. Some people might not appreciate the cold weather, but I love it. Without a doubt, winter is the best season of the year.

          As the year progresses, I always look forward to the changes each season offers. Winter, however, is definitely my favorite season. Yes, it’s cold and sometimes windy, but I absolutely love all of the activities I can do during this season. Without a doubt, winter is my favorite time of the year.

            Clearly, no other season compares to winter. It is truly unique, not only because of the erratic weather, but because of all the opportunities it offers to form lasting memories. Even adults talk about how the snow used to be piled up to the rooftops in their day, and I am sure I will do the same! Here’s to all the future winters to come and to all of us who will continue to enjoy the best season of all!



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Here is a list of prepositions: Use them to embellish your sentences.

We ate lunch.
(ok, that is a sentence, but we can embellish it by adding preps):

We ate lunch in the corral with our friends and talked to each other about the football game.
 
Remember: to + a verb = an infinitive-Example: I like to go to the park.
-to go is the infinitive/- to the park is the prepositional phrase-
 
about    above    across    after    against    along    around    among    at
before   behind   below    beneath   beside   between   beyond   by
concerning     despite     down     during     except     for     from
in    in front of    inside    inspite of     instead of    into    like    near
of    off    on    onto    out    outside    over    past    regarding   
through    throughout    to    toward    under    underneath    until    up    upon
with    within    without    with regard to     with respect to