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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Quick Writes by Pamela Marx

OK, so I decided what book I want to use for writing for DJ, for grade 6. I am sure we will not complete the book in one year, so it can be used up to 8th grade. Quick Writes is just what it sounds like, short and quick writing assignments that covers all types of writing. This is for Writing only, and does not cover Language Arts. I still have not decided which resource I am using for that.

I have decided for DJ, that Monday and Friday, will be writing days. Since he wants to write a short children's story next school year, I have decided that he will write it out on paper first, make revisions and changes, then post the final results to his blog. If the book has chapters, he has not actually decided this yet, it will be posted on several days. He has already decided on a theme, and the main character, he needs to add supporting characters now. On Monday he will be given a writing challenge from the Quick Writes book. He then will have as much time as he needs to complete it. Since I am always looking to improve my writing skills, I too will take the writing challenge on Mondays. If anyone else is interested in joining in let me know, it could be a lot of fun to see what everyone comes up with. Then on Fridays, he can write about a topic of his choice. Usually it is fish, or some type of animal. I did pick one bird that he has to write about, and that is the Pileated Woodpecker. I chose this bird, because he took pictures at the Springs of the damage that these particular woodpeckers do to the trees. I thought it would be a good topic to cover and a great learning experience. So let me know if you want to join in on the Monday writing challenges, and I will mark your blogs to be notified each week.



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