Friday, September 24, 2010

"What did she say?"

Good morning,    

Your stories are looking great. I'm very impressed with the quality and quantity you've done this week. Today is the last day in class to work on your origins story.  One area of need I see for many of you is in correctly punctuating and formatting your dialog.

Our Dialog Plan:
  1. I'll show you how to do it.
  2. You can take a practice quiz (on your own or with someone very close to you, no moving today.)
  3. You can edit the dialog in your own story.
Also make sure you have a title on your story. Center it. Make it larger etc.
Make sure you have a heading: Name, Date, Period (Left or right side is fine)

Additional Resources for Dialog: 
Dialog Punctuation
How to Use Proper Punctuation When Writing Dialogue
Punctuating Dialog 

Thought you might want to know that you had a chance to show mastery of at least EIGHT standards with this project:
Writing Strategies:
1.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of discourse (e.g., purpose, speaker, audience, form) when completing narrative, expository, persuasive, or descriptive writing assignments.
1.2 Use point of view, characterization, style (e.g., use of irony), and related elements for specific rhetorical and aesthetic purposes.
1.5 Use language in natural, fresh, and vivid ways to establish a specific tone.
1.9 Revise text to highlight the individual voice, improve sentence variety and style, and enhance subtlety of meaning and tone in ways that are consistent with the purpose, audience, and genre.
Writing Applications:
2.1 Write fictional, autobiographical, or biographical narratives:
a. Narrate a sequence of events and communicate their significance to the audience.
b. Locate scenes and incidents in specific places.
c. Describe with concrete sensory details the sights, sounds, and smells of a scene and the specific actions, movements, gestures, and feelings of the characters; use interior monologue to depict the characters’ feelings.
d. Pace the presentation of actions to accommodate temporal, spatial, and dramatic mood changes.
e. Make effective use of descriptions of appearance, images, shifting perspectives, and sensory details.
Writing Conventions:
1.1 Demonstrate control of grammar, diction, and paragraph and sentence structure and an understanding of English usage.
1.2 Produce legible work that shows accurate spelling and correct punctuation and capitalization.
1.3 Reflect appropriate manuscript requirements in writing.

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