Sunday, September 15, 2013

week 5 blog

Week 5       

Essentials:     Review Charts A-F, while listening to the CD

                                    Structure:  Simple

S-Vi sentences, practice Task 1-4

                                    Purpose:  Interrogative

                                    Parts of Speech:  Review


The source we are using is Genghis Khan and His Hawk on page 131 in the Medieval History Based Writing Lessons-Student Book.  We read this in class.  We are not using the Critiquing instructions for this paper, only using the Story Sequence Model from Unit III. For scaling, you know your student, so it’s at your discretion on how many paragraphs he or she should strive to complete.  For younger students, he or she should work on one paragraph.  The paragraph should cover the characters (Genghis Khan & his hawk), location (forest), problem (thirsty), surprise (hawk spilling his water and Khan gets mad), resolution and/or moral (lesson learn is not to act quickly from anger, it was a tragedy).  For older students, he/she can strive to complete three paragraphs, which is right off the Story Sequence Model attachment.   IEW checklist for week 3 is attached. 


What we all need to remember is the “2013-2014 Suggested Writing Schedule for Medieval History Based Writing Lessons,” handout is the writing source where our incredible children will use his or her mind to create some beautiful writing.  They are putting out some really fantastic papers. 


This Week:

Wednesday:   outline 3rd paragraph and brainstorm

Thursday:  write 3rd paragraph, edit (Make sure clincher reflects title)

Friday:  Rewrite paragraphs or Type, Polish paper

Monday:  Polish


To Scale Down to 1 paragraph:   

Wednesday:  Outline paragraph using 2 questions from each section

Thursday:  brainstorm stylistic techniques

Friday:  Write/Type paragraph

Monday:  Edit/Polish


A few thoughts on decreasing stressful environments while writing:  Moms, be positive about the assignment.  Attitudes are contagious so make yours worth catching!  This week, make a goal to praise, complement, and encourage your IEW student 5 times each lesson.  Limit time for writing, 30 minutes or less.  Also, before you begin the lesson, maybe set a reward: trampoline, picnic, movie, bike ride.  Make your environment a happy positive one.  


God Bless,



Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  I Thessalonians 5:18



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