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  • Take handouts and a glue stick from the back counter.
  • Write in your agenda.
  • Add the following notes to your quotation notes:
  • Rule 3- The first word of the quotation is capitalized.
  • He said, “We’ll discuss the book in one hour.
  • Rule 4- Both parts of a divided quotation are enclosed in quotation marks. The first word of the second part is not capitalized unless it begins a new sentence.
  • “This book,” our teacher said, “is an incredible story of survival.”
  • Rule 5- Quotes within quotes: If you need to have one character directly quoting another character, then use double quotes for your main dialogue and single quotes for the quote-within-a-quote. This includes publications.
  • “And then he said, ‘Mind your own business.’ The nerve!” she said.
  • "Everyone will read the short story entitled ‘The Escape' for tomorrow," said the substitute teacher

Body Paragraphs

  • Writing body paragraphs is always a T.R.E.A.T.
  • T= Transition
  • R= Reason
  • E= Evidence
  • A= Answer questions
  • T= Tie back to Thesis

T= Transition

  • Start every body paragraph with a TRANSITIONAL WORD or PHRASE.
  • You can find a list of these in your writing notebook.
  • Pick 4. Transitions are not PROMPT specific, so you can use them no matter what.
  • Example: First and foremost,

R= Reason

  • State your reason next. This is like your topic sentence.
  • It is a general sentence about your paragraph’s topic.
  • This should be directly beside your transitional phrase and comma.
  • Example: First and foremost, cell phones would be useful for education within the classroom.

E= Evidence

  • Give a detailed example of your reason. This should come from your reading.
  • As you were reading you should have picked out things you thought were important. You can underline, highlight, star, whatever, but doing so while you read will help you after you start writing.
  • Paint a picture for me of why this is something I should bother reading.
  • You should have at least two examples in each body paragraph. It should be an example and a statement.

When you are quoting or using something from the passage you can start with these:

  • You can replace the X with “the author,” “the passage,” or “the evidence”

A= Answer Questions

  • Answer the question. There is a second question on most prompts:
  • Write an essay in which you delineate the opinions held about banned cell phones within the classroom. Synthesize the information from the article in your essay to help support your claims.
  • Answering that second, hidden question is the KEY TO GETTING A BODY PARAGRAPH DEVELOPED! This is the statement that goes with your example.
  • You should have two examples and two answers.
  • These should be paired up. That means you can’t have an example without an answer.

T= Tie Back to Thesis

  • After all of that, tie your body paragraph back to your thesis statement.
  • This is where you all struggle.
  • Tell me why this is important to you, why should I be reading this at all. (Other than I have to.)

First and foremost, cell phones would be useful within the classroom for educational purposes. Originally, the author suggests that cell phones are a distraction within the classroom. Because students are constantly connected to one another through their cell phones, they can often get distracted by these sources of technology. The article asserts that because of students’ constant communication through texting, the legal use of cell phones could help students focus. Since students are fluent in “texting,” they may find it helpful to text answers to teachers or even take notes on their smart phones. Additionally, the author also claims that access to the internet via smart phones would cut down on costs of textbooks. Students could simply use their phones to look up online textbooks instead of spending large sums of money each year on new textbooks. The simple concept of allowing students to use cell phones in the classroom would benefit both schools and students; therefore, it would be a great thing to lift bans on cell phones school districts.

  • First and foremost, cell phones would be useful within the classroom for educational purposes. Originally, the author suggests that cell phones are a distraction within the classroom. Because students are constantly connected to one another through their cell phones, they can often get distracted by these sources of technology. The article asserts that because of students’ constant communication through texting, the legal use of cell phones could help students focus. Since students are fluent in “texting,” they may find it helpful to text answers to teachers or even take notes on their smart phones. Additionally, the author also claims that access to the internet via smart phones would cut down on costs of textbooks. Students could simply use their phones to look up online textbooks instead of spending large sums of money each year on new textbooks. The simple concept of allowing students to use cell phones in the classroom would benefit both schools and students; therefore, it would be a great thing to lift bans on cell phones school districts.

Prompt 1

  • Write an essay that determines the author’s point of view and analyzes that point of view, including how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints. Be sure to cite evidence from the text to support your analysis. Follow the conventions of standard written English.
  • Create a thesis statement on your prompt handout.

Sample Thesis

  • In “The Violent Side of Video Games,” the author suggests that video games impact people by promoting aggressive behavior, becoming less sensitive to violence, and physical responses.
  • In “The Violent Side of Video Games,” the author shows the negative impact of video games through scientific evidence, personal experience, and alternate viewpoints.

Example Introduction

    • Eyes glued to screens, hearts pounding, everyone loves to play video games. Most people spend a large amount of time playing video games. Some people play video games in excess of four hours a day. In “The Violent Side of Video Games,” the author  shows the negative impact of video games through scientific evidence, personal experience, and alternate viewpoints.

On your own:

  • If you are retaking the UNIT 3 Assessment, get a blank sheet of paper out and your textbook.
  • Everyone else should begin writing their introduction. This should be written using the Funnel method. Make sure your thesis is the last sentence of your introduction.
  • When you finish your introduction, you may work on AoW’s, vocabulary, or read.


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