Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Monday, February 6th

Hello students!

Today we took a closer look at the 5-paragraph essay we wrote last week about the "year-round" school debate.

Since we are learning the trait of Organization, we answered the following questions about our papers organization. If you were absent on Monday, I would like you to answer the following questions in complete answers:

Organization: Evaluation
Is my paper organized?

Answer the following questions in at least 3 sentences each. Please provide specific examples from the paper.

1.     How does the paper look, visually speaking? At first glance, does it look professional and organized? Or does it look sloppy and unorganized? How many paragraphs are there? Are the paragraphs properly formatted? Does the paper look long or short? Are the paragraphs about the same size? Or are some smaller and bigger than others? What is your first impression upon looking at the paper?

2.     Evaluate the introduction or hook: does it work? How well does it work? Why does it work well or not well? What is one thing you would do to improve the introduction? Does it set-up, or briefly hint, at what is coming in the paper? Or does it talk about random things?

3.     How are the ideas in the paragraphs organized? Did you ever get lost when you were reading it? If so, where did you get lost? What could be done to make you not get lost? Do the ideas seem to flow? If not, how would you organize the ideas differently?

4.     Evaluate the conclusion: does the paper end in just the right spot? Does the conclusion reinforce the main idea of the paper? Does it sum it up in a different and surprising way? Or does the conclusion just simply restate exactly what it said in the introduction and body?

5.     State 5 things (in list form) that you specifically enjoyed about this paper. General comments, such as “It was good” or “It was awesome”, do not work! Be SPECIFIC!

6.     State 5 things (in list form) that you think could make this paper better. Again, be specific! General comments such as “Make it better” or “Make it more organized” do not help anyone! Be SPECIFIC!

7.     Using your organization rubric, give this paper a score.

Don't be overwhelmed! Writers answer questions like these about their writing all the time! Going through this process is how you improve as a writer!

Have a great Monday!

-Mr. O'Mera

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