Step 1: Read the prompt carefully before you begin



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Step 1: Read the prompt carefully before you begin.

  • Writing Situation: Your teacher punishes the whole class because one student misbehaved.
  • How do you feel about this? Think about reasons you feel this way.
  • Directions for Writing: Write a narrative essay explaining how you feel about this situation.

Step 2: Take a stand.

  • Think about the reasons you feel the way you do about this type of punishment.

Step 3: Prepare the graphic organizer.

  • Now fold your paper into 4 squares.

Step 4: Complete the graphic organizer.

  • Unfold the paper and draw a box in the center. In the center box write a sentence to express your feelings.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.

Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer.

  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • Write one reason you think this is unfair.
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Example: It creates angry feelings.
  • Summarize your 3 reasons.
  • Example: It does not solve the problem.
  • Write one reason you think this is unfair.
  • Write another reason you think this is unfair.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This method of classroom control doesn’t solve the problem. It encourages misbehavior by students who might have been behaving properly. It also creates feelings of anger toward classmates.

Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer.

  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • Write 3 details about this reason.
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Why behave?
  • Join in fun
  • No control
  • Summarize your 3 reasons.
  • Write 3 details about this reason
  • Write 3 details about this reason.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This method of classroom control doesn’t solve the problem. It encourages misbehavior by students who might have been behaving properly. It also creates feelings of anger toward classmates.

Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer.

  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • Elaborate on one detail.
  • ELABORATE
  • Example: It does not solve the problem.
  • Got away with it
  • Continues
  • Knows punishment next time

Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer.

  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • This student feels the teacher doesn’t have the nerve to deal with him individually.
  • Elaborate on one detail.
  • ELABORATE
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Why behave?
  • Join in fun
  • No control
  • The next time everyone will join in since they will receive the punishment anyway.

Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer.

  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • This student feels the teacher doesn’t have the nerve to deal with him individually.
  • Elaborate on one detail.
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Why behave?
  • Join in fun
  • No control
  • The next time everyone will join in since they will receive the punishment anyway.
  • Example: It creates angry feelings.
  • Resentful to misbehavior
  • Resentful to teacher
  • Negative attitude toward learning.
  • ELABORATE

Step 5: Add transitions.

  • Example: It does not solve the problem.
  • Got away with it
  • Continues
  • Knows punishment next time
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Why behave?
  • Join in fun
  • No control
  • Example: It creates angry feelings toward classmates.
  • Resentful to misbehavior
  • Resentful to teacher
  • Negative attitude toward learning.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This method of classroom control doesn’t solve the problem. It encourages misbehavior by students who might have been behaving properly. It also creates feelings of anger toward classmates.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • This student feels the teacher doesn’t have the nerve to deal with him individually.
  • The next time everyone will join in since they will receive the punishment anyway.
  • Students talk to each other
  • about teachers, and no one
  • wants to be in a teacher’s
  • class who punishes in
  • this way.
  • For example,
  • Moreover,
  • In other
  • words,
  • For these
  • reasons,
  • A list of transition words is online!

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • Example: It does not solve the problem.
  • Got away with it
  • Continues
  • Knows punishment next time
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Why behave?
  • Join in fun
  • No control
  • Example: It creates angry feelings.
  • Resentful to misbehavior
  • Resentful to teacher
  • Negative attitude toward learning.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This method of classroom control doesn’t solve the problem. It encourages misbehavior by students who might have been behaving properly. It also creates feelings of anger toward classmates.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • This student feels the teacher doesn’t have the nerve to deal with him individually.
  • The next time everyone will join in since they will receive the punishment anyway.
  • Students talk to each other
  • about teachers, and no one
  • wants to be in a teacher’s
  • class who punishes in
  • this way.
  • For example,
  • Moreover,
  • In other
  • words,
  • For these
  • reasons,
  • Each square will become a paragraph.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • The introductory paragraph (the center box) sums up each reason.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This type of punishment never solves the problem. It actually encourages misbehavior in students who otherwise would behave. It creates angry feelings.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • Begin the introductory paragraph with a hook. Samples of hooks can be found online.
  • Want to know what students think is really unfair? It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This type of punishment never solves the problem. It actually encourages misbehavior in students who otherwise would behave. It creates angry feelings.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • Example: It does not solve the problem.
  • Got away with it
  • Continues
  • Knows punishment next time
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Why behave?
  • Join in fun
  • No control
  • Example: It creates angry feelings.
  • Resentful to misbehavior
  • Resentful to teacher
  • Negative attitude toward learning.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This method of classroom control doesn’t solve the problem. It encourages misbehavior by students who might have been behaving properly. It also creates feelings of anger toward classmates.
  • This student feels the teacher doesn’t have the nerve to deal with him individually.
  • The next time everyone will join in since they will receive the punishment anyway.
  • Students talk to each other
  • about teachers, and no one
  • wants to be in a teacher’s
  • class who punishes in
  • this way.
  • For example,
  • Moreover,
  • In other
  • words,
  • For these
  • reasons,
  • Next Paragraph

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • For example, it does not solve the problem. The misbehaving student feels he got away with it. The misbehavior will continue. This student feels the teacher doesn’t have the nerve to deal with him individually. He already knows the punishment that is in store the next time he misbehaves.
  • Next Paragraph

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • Example: It does not solve the problem.
  • Got away with it
  • Continues
  • Knows punishment next time
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Why behave?
  • Join in fun
  • No control
  • Example: It creates angry feelings.
  • Resentful to misbehavior
  • Resentful to teacher
  • Negative attitude toward learning.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This method of classroom control doesn’t solve the problem. It encourages misbehavior by students who might have been behaving properly. It also creates feelings of anger toward classmates.
  • This student feels the teacher doesn’t have the nerve to deal with him individually.
  • The next time everyone will join in since they will receive the punishment anyway.
  • Students talk to each other
  • about teachers, and no one
  • wants to be in a teacher’s
  • class who punishes in
  • this way.
  • For example,
  • Moreover,
  • In other
  • words,
  • For these
  • reasons,
  • Next Paragraph

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • Moreover, it encourages misbehavior by more students. They begin to ask themselves, why behave? Why not join in the fun? The next time everyone will join in since they received the punishment anyway. At this point the teacher has no control over the class.
  • Next Paragraph

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • Example: It does not solve the problem.
  • Got away with it
  • Continues
  • Knows punishment next time
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Why behave?
  • Join in fun
  • No control
  • Example: It creates angry feelings.
  • Resentful to misbehavior
  • Resentful to teacher
  • Negative attitude toward learning.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This method of classroom control doesn’t solve the problem. It encourages misbehavior by students who might have been behaving properly. It also creates feelings of anger toward classmates.
  • This student feels the teacher doesn’t have the nerve to deal with him individually.
  • The next time everyone will join in since they will receive the punishment anyway.
  • Students talk to each other
  • about teachers, and no one
  • wants to be in a teacher’s
  • class who punishes in
  • this way.
  • For example,
  • Moreover,
  • In other
  • words,
  • For these
  • reasons,
  • Next Paragraph

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • In other words, punishing the entire class creates angry feelings. He class is resentful to the student who is misbehaving and causing them to be punished. The class is also resentful to the teacher who should be in control of the situation. All of this anger creates a negative attitude toward the class. Students talk to each other about teachers, and no one wants to be in a teacher’s class who punishes in this way.
  • Next Paragraph

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student.
  • Example: It does not solve the problem.
  • Got away with it
  • Continues
  • Knows punishment next time
  • Example: It encourages misbehavior by more students.
  • Why behave?
  • Join in fun
  • No control
  • Example: It creates angry feelings.
  • Resentful to misbehavior
  • Resentful to teacher
  • Negative attitude toward learning.
  • It is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This method of classroom control doesn’t solve the problem. It encourages misbehavior by students who might have been behaving properly. It also creates feelings of anger toward classmates.
  • This student feels the teacher doesn’t have the nerve to deal with him individually.
  • The next time everyone will join in since they will receive the punishment anyway.
  • Students talk to each other
  • about teachers, and no one
  • wants to be in a teacher’s
  • class who punishes in
  • this way.
  • For example,
  • Moreover,
  • In other
  • words,
  • For these
  • reasons,
  • Summary
  • Paragraph

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.

  • For these reasons, it is unfair to punish the entire class for the misbehavior of one student. This method of classroom control doesn’t solve the problem. It encourages misbehavior by students who might have been behaving properly. It also creates feelings of anger toward classmates. Teachers who use this type of class control should remember the old saying, “the punishment should fit the crime. “
  • Summary
  • Paragraph
  • Ending PUNCH

Step 7: Vocabulary

  • Review your paragraphs.
  • Can you add adjectives
  • (describing words)
  • and interesting adverbs
  • (describing action words)?
  • ADJECTIVES
  • ADVERBS

Step 7: Vocabulary

  • BEFORE:
  • It creates angry feelings.
  • AFTER:
  • It creates hostility, frustration,
  • and angry feelings.

Step 7: Vocabulary

  • AFTER:
  • It is improper to punish the
  • entire class for the
  • misbehavior of one student.

Step 7: Vocabulary

  • Remember: The more sophisticated vocabulary you use…the higher your score.
  • bad
  • dreadful

Step 8: Visual Expression

  • Use metaphors and similes to give your essay more visual expression.
  • At this point the teacher has no control over the class.
  • At this point the teacher has no more control over the class than a blind race car driver would in a NASCAR race.

Step 9: Reread Your Work

  • REREAD your work to make sure you have:
  • Taken a stand and stay on the topic
  • Given your reasons in the introductory paragraph
  • Have paragraphs that support each reason
  • Elaborate on a reason in each paragraph
  • Have a summary paragraph that restates your reasons
  • Begin each paragraph with a transition word
  • Include sophisticated vocabulary: adjectives, adverbs, similes, and metaphors


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