Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The difference between an Expository Essay and a Personal Narrative - In a "nut shell"... Go get em' 4th & 7th grade! :)

What makes an Expository Essay different from a Personal Narrative? Compare features of each:

Personal Narrative

Narrative Organization
Enjoyable to Read; Good Flow
Imagery and Character Development
Tone is Evocative
Language is Vivid and Expressive
Stays on Topic; Doesn’t Meander

Expository Essay

Informational Organization
Logical (but still engaging)
Facts and Examples Support Thesis
Tone is Informative
Language is Clear and Unambiguous
Clear Controlling Idea or Thesis

Monday, December 9, 2013

A note a teacher wrote to his students.... Wow!! I am thinking he has wonderful relationships established with his students!

Thank You...

...for showing up on time for class. I know you have to get your brother and sister up, drive them to school and then get to your first hour class with a minute to spare if your lucky. It is easier to be late, but you get here every day and I appreciate that.

...for disagreeing with me in class. I love it when students have a different opinion and it took courage for you to voice yours in class when everyone else seemed to agree with me.

...for laughing at my stale jokes. I make them because I want to break the tension and just give us a break from the story. Even a pity laugh means much to a teacher.

...for doing the reading last night. I know you had choir really late last night, but you still showed up with those three chapters read and ready to participate.

...for favoring my tweet. Sometimes I wonder if anyone is listening and it made me smile.

...for talking to me about something other than our curriculum. I love the books we read, but I sometimes find what you are doing outside of school far more interesting.

...for being the Team any teacher would Dream to have. Your smarts and silliness are perfectly balanced to make class a delight every single day.

...for trusting me. You did not have to talk to me about your problems, but I'm glad you did.

...for the hilarious tweet you sent. Goofy photos can make a crappy day a little less crappy.

...for stopping by for a chat between classes. I have never had you as a student, but your visits are always entertaining.

...for the thank you. These are few and far between; from students and parents, and that is why yours was so nice.

...for your faith in me that our classroom is going to work and be awesome. Your faith in this is what makes it possible.

...for your honesty. Sometimes I need to be told when something is not working or I need to be better. A student perspective is valuable and always welcome.

...for the smiles. I do not know how you do it, but you come to class with a smile every single day. Your smile makes me smile and others around you smile. Keep it up.

...for not giving up when you hit that snag. You are smarter than you give yourself credit for and I knew you could do it with a little extra help.

...for your leadership during a very tough time. Many of us were trying to figure out what to do next and you were there for everyone. You have been awesome this year.

Funny little song for the kids to remember when writing a paragraph. :)

Expository Writing: STAAR Writing Test (Good introduction for 4th grade)