The students are being given an "Informative/Explanatory Writing Organizer" (a fold-out) to help them expand the writing piece they chose to work on over the next two weeks. The final draft will be five paragraphs; typed (double space, Times New Roman font, 12 pt, 1 inch margins). The students were given an opportunity to look through the organizer in class and begin thinking about how they'd like to expand their writing piece. Keep in mind that they may need to do additional research to find enough information for their five paragraphs.
Your student will need to come to class next week with a rough draft of his or her 5-paragraph essay. They will be working with partners to go over each other's writing piece. I will also be looking them over. In addition, your student may file share with me his or her rough draft and I can have more constructive comments available for them when they come to class next week. I just ask that you give me enough time to review the piece and prepare accordingly.
The final draft of this piece will be November's Writing Sample. THE FINAL TYPED DRAFT WILL BE DUE TWO WEEKS FROM NOW, the week of the 18th.
We will be doing a sort of Writer's Workshop each week where we will be working with peers to edit, review, critique each other's writing. The peer review aspect of the writing process reveals perhaps the most important facet of the reading-writing connection: the understanding that students' written works are meant to be read. This helps direct students' focus as they write for a specific audience and validates them as authentic writers. I will be circulating around the room to conference briefly with each student on his/her writing piece and to see how the changes are coming along.
I will be requiring your student to be working on his/her writing piece at home this week and next, working on the changes that need to be made to his/her writing piece. I want to emphasize that the writing process should take place over several days and that your student is not required to complete the entire organizer at one time. Perhaps have your student work on one paragraph a day. This breaks down the challenge of writing the 5-paragraph essay into smaller, more manageable chunks.
We will NOT be writing any new pieces for the month of November. We will only be working one piece of writing through the entire Writing Process: