Thursday, March 22, 2012


Today again, for the second day in a row, we have a half-day *tear*. Today, we will share any of our one-page writer's notebooks we wrote from Tuesday and try out even more strategies for great conclusions.

Your homework for today will be to write three new conclusions to your 1-page WN assignment and also to reflect on which conclusion strategy you feel is most effective and why.

Please keep up your hard work. Your level of commitment and passion for learning continue to inspire me everyday!

Thank you,

-Mr. O'Mera

Wednesday, March 22nd


Today is half-day for conference, so our time is cut short a bit (I know many of you are extremely sad with this idea. Please know that your instructor's heart aches for missed class time, as well :-) ).

First, I will come around and check the conclusions to your homework. After I am finished with that, we will read aloud from our classroom novel "I am the Cheese".

Your homework for this evening is to read 30 minutes.

Have a wonderful day!

-Mr. O'Mera

Tuesday, March 21st 


Today, we will begin a mini-unit on conclusions. Way back in first quarter, we went over strategies for great beginnings. Ever since then, many of your beginnings have been fantastic! Now that you are writing fantastic beginnings and middles of your papers , I want to give you some specific strategies to write better conclusions.

Conclusions, as I am sure many of you realize, are extremely important. Think about it. Have you ever watched a movie or read a book or paper that was good, pretty good, or even great, only for it to be ruined by a poor ending? It happens all the time. Endings can either make or break your paper; similar to a crescendo in a classical music concert, the ending of your writing is going to be the element your reader remembers most. Therefore, if you craft a well-written, thought provoking ending that not only wraps up your paper but gives the reader something lasting to think about, you will go from having a good paper to a great paper.

In class today, we will first take notes on three important things conclusions must do. If you were absent, I would like you to write these notes down in your writer's notebook. They may seem simple; and really, they are. However, just because they are simple ideas does not mean they are simply done in a piece of writing.

A great conclusion must: 
  1. Feel finished
  2. Give the reader something to think about or do
  3. Meet your reader's expectations
Homework for Tuesday is to write one page in your writer's notebook. What you write can be on any topic; however, it cannot be a story! It needs to be non-fiction!

Make Tuesday a wonderful day.

-Mr. O'Mera

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