Digital Volunteer Commenting Assignment #5 (Dec. 3 – Dec. 8)

This Week’s Commenting Time Frame

Please leave comments for your Comment Buddies between Saturday, Dec. 3rd and Thursday, Dec. 8th.

This Week’s Blog Post to Provide Comment

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Category:  “Narrative”

Post:  Each student chose 1 of their narratives for you to read and leave feedback. You will be able to identify it because they added “DV” at the front of their title.  

This Week’s Comment “Look-for’s” 

Look-for #1:  Bold Beginning – We have focused on how the beginning of a narrative differs from that of informative writing (which we have done a lot).  Basically, their job in a narrative is to start with a BOLD beginning, meaning that they catch the reader’s attention to make them want to read their story.  So far, they have learned the following three possible ideas for a start or bold beginning:

*Dialogue (start with someone talking)

*Think-Aloud (start with someone thinking something to themselves)

*Sound word (example:  SPASH!)

Look-for #2:  Dialogue (the basics) – The main focus is on using quotation marks to “hug” (that is a word they’ll understand) the words that are being said.  The other focus is on using a speech tag (again, words they’ll know) so we know who is speaking.

example:  “I hope you had a great break” said Mrs. Konrad and Mrs. Shannon. (do not worry about detailed punctuation and capitalization rules for dialogue)

Look-for #3:  Small Moment – You will notice (hopefully) that these narratives are not about an entire event but instead about a “zoomed in” moment from a certain event.

example:  Instead of writing about everything during a trip to the Royals game (driving in the car to get there, walking in, watching the game, getting food, etc) I can choose to write about one, small moment that I remember well and that has meaning/feeling… I might write about the small moment of catching a foul ball.

NOTE:  Please make sure to leave 2 or 3 specific suggestions for improvement, even if it is something other than what is posted above as a “look for.”  This really helps when we have them go and read your comments, make changes, then reply to you.  Thank you!

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4th grade teacher in MO
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