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After reviewing the list of SOL writing prompts (in class or from my website: https://marstellerms.pwcs.edu/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=26979118), note which prompt you feel you could easily answer and which prompt would be tough for you. Use a transition word or phrase between your pro/con (a list of transition words is here: https://owl.purdue.edu/engagement/ged_preparation/part_1_lessons_1_4/transitions.html).  You can either quote the prompt completely or simply give enough detail to show which prompt you are referencing. Use a minimum of two complete sentences. Example: I would find it relatively  easy to talk about a club or activity (page one, prompt four) that students enjoy; I would write about photography club. However, I would have a harder time picking a side on the prompt that asks whether a required extracurricular activity would be worthwhile (page four, prompt three).
Posted by obriengl  On Mar 14, 2019 at 3:16 PM 14 Comments
Pick one of the two options below to address. Be sure to use note which one you’re focusing on. Also, be sure to use complete sentences with spectacular sensory details. Quote: Use a quote correctly showing commas and attribution. Write it with the attribution (who said it) at the beginning. Then, reverse it and put the attribution at the end. Remember all punctuation and capitalization. Dependent Clause: Write a sentence with a dependent clause at the beginning of the sentence. Then, reverse it.
Posted by obriengl  On Mar 05, 2019 at 4:54 PM 20 Comments
Pick one of the questions below to answer. Be sure to use note which question you’re answering; be sure to use complete sentences with details and examples. Word Strategies: When you encounter a word you don’t know, how do you determine its meaning (“Reading around the word” or “in context” isn’t enough). Please give an example from either our class novel or another book you’ve read. Sentence Revision: When you have to revise or reword a sentence to make sure it makes sense, what do you do? Commas: If you have to decide to add a comma to a sentence, how do you decide? (“It sounds right” is not enough.)
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 28, 2019 at 11:37 AM 19 Comments
Write two sentences using the FANBOYS (i, c i) rule. Please use two different conjunctions. You can write about your book, the weather, or the writing SOL (slated for March 7, multiple choice, and March 14, essay). Then, change your sentences to use a semicolon instead of the comma and FANBOYS conjunction. FANBOYS Example: 1. The writing SOL will give me a chance to show how much I’ve learned about writing, and I know I will rock it. 2. I worry about whether I will use semicolons correctly, so I’ll need to practice. Semicolon Rewrite: 1. The writing SOL will give me a chance to show how much I’ve learned about writing; I know I will rock it. 2. I worry about whether I will use semicolons correctly; I’ll need to practice.
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 19, 2019 at 9:01 AM 13 Comments
Tell your colleagues something that stands out to you about the main character in your book. Use an introductory clause or a prepositional phrase at the start of at least one sentence. Use both singular and plural pronouns and antecedents. Remember: a pronoun refers back to a noun, or the pronoun’s antecedent. Pronouns and antecedents must agree in number and gender. Also, nouns like “team” take a singular pronoun. You must have at least two sentences and stay in one point of view. Example:  Before Asher was called to the stage, he was fidgeting.  He almost got chastised for squirming in his seat, but he settled down and watched his peers get called up to receive their assignments. Notice: all yellow pronouns refer to Asher (the antecedent); the blue pronoun “their” refers to its antecedent: peers.
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 12, 2019 at 5:07 PM 5 Comments
Characters in our books often experience the same types of events that we do. Talk about the main character in The Giver, and make a connection to something in your life. Let’s talk about events (not character traits). In at least two complete sentences, be sure to show how you connect with this character. Example:  Jonas seems to overthink his life’s events; I do this a lot. In addition, Jonas and I both deeply consider words and their meanings before we apply them to our lives.
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 01, 2019 at 4:06 PM 9 Comments
It’s awesome to get a day off of school for snow (or inclement weather), but how does that impact you? Are you stressed thinking about all there is to do? Or, are your teachers stressed which impacts your psyche in school? In at least three complete sentences, explain whether snow days bring stress (or not). NOTE: Students who do not include three complete sentences will earn a maximum grade of 60. Example:  Sleeping in makes me smile. I love to curl up on the couch with a good book. When I get back to school, Ms. O’Brien’s high level of stress just makes all that joy seep away. Snow days can cause stress.
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 01, 2019 at 4:05 PM 12 Comments
We’d love to live in a perfect world, but it’s hard to attain. In complete sentences, share two things you would long for in your perfect world. Then, add a dystopian tint: how might those items turn your perfect world into a topsy-turvy reality? Be sure to use strong words and complete sentences. Example:  Peace on earth seems like such a simple thing to desire. How could we not work toward this and a lack of hunger in the world? But, working to maintain peace could mean an incredibly intense military designed to physically keep the peace. Ending hunger across the globe could mean rationing food and requiring all people to eat bugs and food pellets.
Posted by obriengl  On Jan 08, 2019 at 3:48 PM 13 Comments
Be sure you tell me what you want, what you really, really want: When you’re persuading someone, think about what parts of speech you use most (adjectives, verbs). Write a persuasive statement about one of these three topics: picking your own book to read for a book club reading a class novel picking your own groups for novel discussions Finally, list your three strongest words.  Example:  1. I’d really like to read “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld as part of a book club group. It’s a lengthy dystopian novel about how teens in society are required to become pretty—through surgery. This would be an awesome book to discuss and dissect in a club reading activity.  My best words are: lengthy, surgery, and dissect.
Posted by obriengl  On Jan 02, 2019 at 3:28 PM 12 Comments
Please use sensory imagery to address this prompt: Describe how it feels to stand in front of a class and make a presentation. Be sure you've checked your answer for strong words, proper spelling, grammar, and complete sentences.
Posted by obriengl  On Dec 05, 2018 at 3:49 PM 16 Comments
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