Monday, June 15, 2015

HAPPY SUMMER!

I miss you, Fireballs. That's the plain truth. Mrs. Perlow and Miss Donna have already heard those words uttered many times. Saturday and Sunday were difficult emotionally.  I'm so thankful for all of your gifts. Beautiful to say the least.

On the last day of school, I forgot to share my requests.

  • Show respect toward your friends and enemies, show a little more respect toward a Fireball :)
  • Always say hi to a Fireball wherever or whenever you can. Be there for each other. Please don't act like strangers around one another; that would devalue of your hard work
  • Make sure you've posted your LETTER to the Fireballs. Several of you have not done this yet.
  • Keep blogging. I'll leave it open. Share your summer activities, thoughts, dreams, and experiences. Ask questions. This is the best way to sustain a "family". 
  • Please say hello when you see Miss Donna, Mrs. Perlow, or myself. We will do the same. NO NEED TO BE NERVOUS AROUND US. We are never too good for each other. Never. WE AREN'T STRANGERS TO ONE ANOTHER. Ask questions!
  • Check Blogger for an important announcement. I might be done with teaching, but not delivering surprises. It's coming...

I love you all very much,
Mr. Frederick

                                                                     Goodbye, Fireballs!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Friday - Goodbye Fireballs!

You'll have an opportunity to say goodbye. Share your heartfelt letter. It will sit on this page forever. FOREVER. May you never forget each other. Never.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

TUESDAY - 3 MORE DAYS

Fireballs,

Answer these questions.

1. What was the turning point for this class in terms of bonding?
2. How have you contributed to the success of the Fireballs?

3. BEGIN WRITING YOUR GOODBYE LETTER TO THE CLASS. Write it on Google Docs. You'll have tonight, Wednesday, and Thursday to finish the personal letter.You'll post your letter on THURSDAY! Please don't post it any sooner.

Your letter should go beyond 3 paragraphs.

Off you write.

Monday, June 8, 2015

MONDAY - HONOR THY PARENTS NIGHT

HONOR THY PARENTS NIGHT!

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to share your thoughts about the evening.

Answer please.

1. What are you looking forward to about tonight?

2. What's special about tonight?

3. How can you perform at your highest level?

4. How will you maintain appropriate behavior level?

5. Do think there will be any surprises tonight? If so, what?

6. How will you exhaust your tank TONIGHT?

7. How will know that it was a successful evening?


Sunday, June 7, 2015

FINAL NEWS ON THE MARCH



The final NOTM. This is it.  Bottom of the 9th inning.  We're almost to the mountain top. Hang on my little ducks. Embrace these final and closing moments. We'll walk out of room 503 with a greater and deeper love, appreciation, and respect for one another.

Morning Cafe: I'm going to open up shop from 7:25 -7:45. It's just been such a blast, which is why I've decided to keep it open for the last week of school. Hopefully you can make it. Closed on Friday due to Robert's Market. 


Robert's Market - our visit will be on JUNE 12. Bring your singing voices! Parents, bring your cameras. You won't want to miss this last and final opportunity to see the Fireballs perform as a entire unit. 

Friday - 12:30 -1:30 - I'll be saying my final goodbyes to all of the Fireballs. Each student will be acknowledged for their growth, development, and contributions. Parents are invited. 

Ladera - The final walk will be on June 9th, 4-5:20. Konditorie now closes at 4pm, so if you want to buy a treat before arrival, I'd get there b/w 3:30 and 3:45. We'll take a self-guided walk around the neighborhood stopping along the way to enjoy this beautiful and serene area. Feel free to stay for a quick bite to eat at Amigos Grill, 5:25-6:20. Maybe we'll do some singing :) Please make sure you have a ride to and from Ladera. The more the merrier.

Camp W: Summer Session- Registration closes on June 15th.
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com



Thursday, June 4, 2015

THURSDAY - FBN

LAST FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT!

Tonight the parents and Fireballs will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the year. In addition, the parent(s) and child will provide feedback regarding Blogger.

Parents
a. Please write a letter to your child and/or the Fireballs. Share it via Blogger. 
b. Focus on positive things you observed about your child and/or the Fireballs during the school year. Be specific as possible. 
c. Write as much as you'd like. The class will have these digital letters for a lifetime. 
d. If time is an issue, you can certainly post when there's free time. 
e. Do what you can!

Fireballs and/or Parents
a. Share with us a favorite Blogger prompt or two.  Why did you enjoy it? Can you actually cite the date?
b. Share with us some suggestions for next year's class in terms of Blogger usage. What can Mr. Frederick do in order to make it even more fun, engaging, and educational?

Enjoy this clip I put together last night. 




Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday -

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on the prompt below. I'd like to see where you go with your story. Ask each other questions. Talk.

It's your birthday and you are about to have a huge party but the day before the party you get sick with the flu.  

Continue the story. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday - Who are you?

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on Vocabulary, States and Capitals, and a fun writing prompt. 

PROMPT

You've had a rough day at school. You head home and go straight to bed, mumbling, "I wish I'd wake up tomorrow and be anyone but me," before dozing off. When you wake up in the morning, your dream has come true, as you quickly realize that you are not you—you are someone else...

Off you write. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

MONDAY - Karaoke Night

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on the following.

a. go over your states and capitals
b. go on to IXL and practice your grammar
c. write up a cool little story to this prompt. Make it fun and engaging!

Prompt: A promotion at work has you head out to a fun restaurant with coworkers to celebrate. While at the restaurant, you decide to sing karaoke. As you belt your way through the song (fill in the blank), another member of the crowd starts harmonizing with you. Is it someone you know? Is it not? Either way, this is..


Sunday, May 31, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Top of the 9th inning. 10 more days to go, Fireballs. How are you feeling? Now that we've reached June here's what you can expect. Let's continue to be an incredible family!

                                                           Wailin Jennys - Parting Glass


Morning Cafe: This is the last time the cafe will be OPEN until next year.  Come in and enjoy some new artists(future islands, omd) and songs including an amazing and glorious anthem by Sinead O' Connor. 


Robert's Market - our visit will be on JUNE 12. Bring your singing voices!


ELA: We'll tidy up a few loose ends such as grammar, spelling, and figurative language

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots  -
Review of Lesson 12 - 14 June 3

Wordly Wise:
Review of Lesson 7-9 June 3
Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science:

UNIT 9 TEST WILL BE ON JUNE 3RD

Math: We'll focus on Unit 12 which covers prime factorization, greatest common factors, probability, ratios, and heart rate.

Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com

Songs to Sing and Learn:
ALL DONE

Thursday, May 28, 2015

THURSDAY - FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT - PERSONAL NARRATIVE

Tonight you'll have an opportunity to share a favorite time that you had with your family.


  • Be descriptive
  • Add dialogue
  • Pull us into that special moment
  • Talk to each other by asking questions
  • Enjoy!





Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday - Social Studies

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on SS.

1. Study for your test

2. Work on States and Capitals

3. Answer this question: After the Revolutionary War, how did our nation form our government? Write as much as you'd like.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We all have our...



I know you have quite a bit of studying to do for your SS tests, Spelling Bee, and Vocabulary. Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on something relaxing for Blogger.

Simply fill in the blanks...Talk to each other if you'd like.

  • favorite ice cream
  • favorite type of candy
  • favorite fruit
  • favorite type of breakfast
  • favorite type of lunch
  • favorite color
  • favorite holiday
  • favorite type of dinner
  • a place/restaurant you'd like to have lunch with Mr. Frederick. Why do you think I'd like the place?
  • a book or passage from a book that you'd like to read to Mr. Frederick. Why did you pick this one?
  • a board game that you'd like to play with Mr. Frederick
  • 2 types of flowers you appreciate
  • favorite movie
  • favorite place you like to relax
  • a song that you'd like to listen to with Mr. Frederick
  • 1-2 favorite lyrics from a song
  • favorite type of clothing brand
  • favorite president
  • favorite type of animal


Monday, May 25, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you had a pleasant three day weekend. We're gearing up for the final push--just 14 more school days. This is the second to last NOTM. C'mon Fireballs, let's end this year on one incredible note. I assure you that these final days are going to be so memorable. Here we go!



Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Donations - will be extended. $23.05(check) for entrance fee and rides + $10 cash for dinner barbecue food.  We're still taking donations!


Morning Cafe: The popular cafe will be CLOSED this week. 


Robert's Market - our visit will be on JUNE 12. Bring your singing voices! 


ELA: We finish our persuasive unit on Wednesday. The students learned quite a bit about thesis sentences, reasons, and supporting evidence.

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots  -
Review of Lesson 12 - 14 May 26 - 29

Wordly Wise:
Review of Lesson 7-9 May 26 - 29
Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science: For the month of May we'll focus on Unit 7(Forming a New Nation) and Unit 9(States and Capitals). The Fireballs will focus on...

  • Articles of Confederation
  • New Constitution of 1787 and Bill of Rights
  • Constitutional Democracy
  • Compare powers given to citizens, Congress, president, and Supreme Court
  • Safeguarding the liberty and rights of individual Americans
  • Know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals
UNIT 7 TEST WILL BE ON MAY 28TH.
UNIT 9 TEST WILL BE ON MAY 29TH.

Grammar: The students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

 
Math: We'll focus on Unit 12 which covers prime factorization, greatest common factors, probability, ratios, and heart rate.

Science: We're done. Congratulations!


Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com

Songs to Sing and Learn:
Best of Friends - Palma Violets
Wonderful(the way I feel) - My Morning Jacket
Splendor in the Grass - Pink Martini

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to be a teacher, ask your teacher a question, and listen to music.

1. Tell the Blogger community the school subject you'd like to teach if you were to become a teacher. What would you have the students do that's fun and creative? Can you think of a fun lesson or unit of study that would be appropriate for 5th graders.

8-10 sentences 

2. Ask Mr. Frederick 2-3 questions.

3. Go to your favorite music media site. Find the shuffle button. Hit play. What three songs come up? You can do this while working on Blogger. No cheating :)




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday - Constitutional realization

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on the following...

Social Studies - You don't need your SS book. You may use the internet.

1. Type down 20-25 states and capitals. You choose which ones.
2. What does the word compromise mean?
3. What's a federalist?
4. What does amendment mean?
5. Who was James Madison?
6. What does liberty mean?
7. How do you honor your liberty?
8. What's the definition of republic?


Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday - Are Zoos more Harmful than good?

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to debate your topic:  Are Zoos more Harmful than good?


Paragraph #1
  • An Attractive introduction
  • Thesis Statement - IN MY OPINION, I BELIEVE THAT 
  • 2 strong reasons - state your reasons. 

Paragraph #2
  • Start with a Topic Sentence
  • Reason #1 with supporting facts/examples
  • Start with "first"

Paragraph #3 
  • Start with a Topic sentence
  • Reason #2 with supporting facts/examples
  • Start with "Secondly" "Another reason" 

Paragraph #4
  • Conclusion - restate thesis in a different manner. Sum up your points
  • Call to ACTION

Provide Citations that are complete and accurate


Can't wait to see what you come up with! Let's debate. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Opening Words: SBAC testing is done. We're are the guinea pigs for this new assessment. We have 4 weeks left of this beautiful school year. I encourage all of the Fireballs to keep pushing and fighting until the very end. 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Donations - will be extended. $23.05(check) for entrance fee and rides + $10 cash for dinner barbecue food.   

Morning Cafe: The popular cafe will be OPEN this week. Bring your singing voices starting at 7:30am.

Robert's Market - our visit will be on May 20th. A quarter of the performance will be dedicated to Milan Gambhir. If you can make it(no obligation), I encourage Dress for Succes. White should be the dominant color. We'll keep it simple and sweet. Parents, hope you can make it and help honor this important member of the community. 


ELA: Hopefully you've had a chance to look at Blogger. You'll notice the quality of opinion has improved. It's great to see! The Fireballs will learn how to look at mentor texts and websites to help understand this genre, generate ideas for writing persuasive essay, learn effective strategies for writing persuasive essays, and express opinions, support it with evidence, and convey thoughts appropriately. We'll also look at issue, point of view, evidence and examples.

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots  -
Review of Lessons 6 - 11 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 12 - 14 May 26 - 29


Wordly Wise:
Review of Lessons 4-6 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 7-9 May 26 - 29
Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science: For the month of May we'll focus on Unit 7(Forming a New Nation) and Unit 9(States and Capitals). The Fireballs will focus on...

  • Articles of Confederation
  • New Constitution of 1787 and Bill of Rights
  • Constitutional Democracy
  • Compare powers given to citizens, Congress, president, and Supreme Court
  • Safeguarding the liberty and rights of individual Americans
  • Know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals
UNIT 7 TEST WILL BE ON MAY 28TH.
UNIT 9 TEST WILL BE ON MAY 29TH.

Grammar: The students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

 
Math: We'll focus on Unit 11 which covers volume, formulas, weight and volume, area for rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, and circles. The goal for the unit is to help the students develop an appreciation for using a wide variety of strategies. Students should be familiar with words such as: prism, polyhedron, faces, cylinder, apex, and spheres.

Science: We'll prepare for the assessment all this week. The test is on May 19th.


Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com

Songs to Sing and Learn:
Hamilton Leithauser - "11 O'Clock Friday Night"
Johnny Cash "Get Rhythm"
Thompson Twins "Doctor, Doctor"

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FAMILY NIGHT BLOGGER



Tonight you'll get an opportunity to share a song you and a guardian really love. Persuade the reader into thinking that the song you selected is outstanding.

Directions

  • Select a song
  • Find it on you tube. Copy and paste audio only. PLEASE NO VIDEOS for safety reasons
  • The clip will allow the reader to listen to it and form an opinion
  • Write a persuasive essay following the model below
Paragraph #1

  • An Attractive introduction
  • Thesis Statement - in my/our opinion, We believe that
  • 2 strong reasons - state your reasons 
Paragraph #2
  • Start with a Topic Sentence
  • Restate Reason #1 
  • Provide supporting facts/examples

Paragraph #3 
  • Start with a Topic sentence
  • Restate Reason #2 
  • Provide with supporting facts/examples

Paragraph #4
  • Conclusion - restate thesis in a slightly different manner from paragraph #1. Sum up your points
  • CALL to ACTION
GOALS
  • Come out "swinging" in first paragraph
  • use transition words 
  • really provide solid evidence to support reasons to uphold thesis statement
  • CONVINCE YOUR READER, CONVINCE YOUR READER, AND CONVINCE YOUR READER

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

W- N, E, or P

Tonight you'll get another opportunity to work on personal narrative, expository, or persuasive writing. You choose based on your writing mood.


Requirements for Personal Narrative - an experience that changed you as a person

  • clear SETTING
  • CHARACTERS including yourself
  • Significance - write about an experience that mattered to you
  • Conclusion - How did it make you see life differently? How did you grow from the personal experience?
  • 3  paragraphs
Requirement for Expository - instruct or inform
  • present an IDEA/TOPIC - introductory paragraph - hook your reader, provide background on the topic
  • body paragraphs - make the points using facts as evidence. Remember your animal report
  • conclusion
  • 3 - 4 paragraphs
Requirements for Persuasive - convince others to see your viewpoint
  • pick a topic of your own
  • convince us that see your side
  • thesis statement, 2-3 reasons
  • 2-3 examples that support your reasons
  • conclusion 
  • CALL TO ACTION
  • 3 - 4 paragraphs

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday - N, E, or P

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on personal narrative, expository, or persuasive writing. You choose based on your writing mood.

Requirements for Personal Narrative - an experience that changed you as a person

  • clear SETTING
  • CHARACTERS including yourself
  • Significance - write about an experience that mattered to you
  • Conclusion - How did it make you see life differently? How did you grow from the personal experience?
  • 3  paragraphs
Requirement for Expository - instruct or inform
  • present an IDEA/TOPIC - introductory paragraph - hook your reader, provide background on the topic
  • body paragraphs - make the points using facts as evidence. Remember your animal report
  • conclusion
  • 3 - 4 paragraphs
Requirements for Persuasive - convince others to see your viewpoint
  • pick a topic of your own
  • convince us that see your side
  • thesis statement, 2-3 reasons
  • 2-3 examples that support your reasons
  • conclusion 
  • CALL TO ACTION
  • 3 - 4 paragraphs

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday - Letter to Mr. Frederick

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on the following...

Persuasive Writing
Prompt: Dear Mr. Frederick, 
I would like to see a lot more of ??? before school gets out on June 12th. 

Provide the following in your letter.

Paragraph #1

  • An Attractive introduction
  • Thesis Statement - in my opinion
  • 2 strong reasons - state your reasons. 
Paragraph #2
  • Start with a Topic Sentence
  • Reason #1 with supporting facts/examples

Paragraph #3 
  • Start with a Topic sentence
  • Reason #2 with supporting facts/examples

Paragraph #4
  • Conclusion - restate thesis in a different manner. Sum up your points
  • Call to ACTION

Can't wait to see what you come up with! Who knows, maybe you'll get what you want. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

News on the March


SBAC - ELA. Done. Now, let's head into Monday with a good attitude toward SBAC - Math. Don't forget about the kind donation toward the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Checks are due May 15th, 3pm.  

Morning Cafe: The popular cafe will be CLOSED for the week.

Robert's Market - our visit will be on May 20th. A quarter of the performance will be dedicated to Milan Gambhir. If you can make it(no obligation), I encourage Dress for Succes. White should be the dominant color. We'll keep it simple and sweet. 

SBAC Testing: We'll focus on Math this week. Student homework throughout the week will be light. 

ELA: Hopefully you've had a chance to look at Blogger. You'll notice the quality of opinion has improved. It's great to see! The Fireballs will learn how to look at mentor texts and websites to help understand this genre, generate ideas for writing persuasive essay, learn effective strategies for writing persuasive essays, and express opinions, support it with evidence, and convey thoughts appropriately. We'll also look at issue, point of view, evidence and examples.

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots  -
Review of Lessons 1-5 May 11 -15
Review of Lessons 6 - 11 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 12 - 14 May 26 - 29


Wordly Wise:

Review of Lessons 1-3 May 11 -15

Review of Lessons 4-6 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 7-9 May 26 - 29
Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science: For the month of May we'll focus on Unit 7(Forming a New Nation) and Unit 9(States and Capitals). The Fireballs will focus on...

  • Articles of Confederation
  • New Constitution of 1787 and Bill of Rights
  • Constitutional Democracy
  • Compare powers given to citizens, Congress, president, and Supreme Court
  • Safeguarding the liberty and rights of individual Americans
  • Know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals

Grammar: The students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

 
Math: We'll focus on Unit 11 which covers volume, formulas, weight and volume, area for rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, and circles. The goal for the unit is to help the students develop an appreciation for using a wide variety of strategies. Students should be familiar with words such as: prism, polyhedron, faces, cylinder, apex, and spheres.

Science: We'll prepare for the assessment all this week. The test is on May 19th.


Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com

Songs to Sing and Learn:
Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a wonderful world by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Wagon Wheel by Old Medicine Crow Band



Thursday, May 7, 2015

FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT



Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on persuasive writing.






Topic:  Professional athletes often have salaries and bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars. Do you think these athletes deserve such high compensation? Why or why not? 

Paragraph #1
  • Attractive Opener: - 2 -3 sentences: start with a startling fact, quote, etc. 
  • Thesis statement: I believe that...(state your opinion on the issue)
  • Reasons: 2 reasons  Say "The first reason is..."  The second reason is..."

Paragraph #2
  • Topic Sentence for Reasons #1
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #1- include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #3
  • Topic Sentence for Reason #2
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #2 - include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #4
  • Restate your thesis in a slightly different way. Sum up main points. 
  • Don't bring up new evidence or arguments
  • Call to action

Writing Learning Goals: 

  • citations are complete and accurate
  • present a strong introduction
  • make your opinion clear and simply stated
  • provide reasons that are logical 
  • provide examples from credible sources
  • check verb tense, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday - PWU




Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on Persuasive Writing. 

Topic: Many parents give children a weekly or monthly allowance regardless of their behavior because they believe an allowance teaches children to be financially responsible. Other parents only give children an allowance as a reward for completing chores or when they have behaved properly. What's your opinion? Argue constructively with your peers. 

Paragraph #1
  • Attractive Opener: - 2 -3 sentences: start with a startling fact, quote, etc. 
  • Thesis statement: I believe that...(state your opinion on the issue)
  • Reasons: 2 reasons  "The first reason is..."  The second reason is..."

Paragraph #2
  • Topic Sentence for Reasons #1
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #1- include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #3
  • Topic Sentence for Reason #2
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #2 - include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #4
  • Restate your thesis in a slightly different way. Sum up main points. 
  • Don't bring up new evidence or arguments
  • Call to action

Writing Learning Goals: 

  • Cite your evidence
  • Present a strong introduction
  • make your opinion clear and simply stated
  • provide reasons that are logical 
  • provide examples from credible sources