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
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!