The Bissinger Beacon
Writer's began the next writing piece-literary essays! We practiced using thought prompts to expand on text moments and details. Common prompts to push our thinking include:
- In other words...
- I am now realizing..
- This connects to..
- Many people think...but I think...
- What surprises me...
Authors gathered writing by studying a chosen character's traits, motivations, changes, struggles and relationships. We drafted our thesis statements and three supporting reasons. Literary essayists have been very busy finding evidence for topic sentences. We are able to angle our stories to highlight the way they support our thesis statements. Before adding quotes to our essays, we asked ourselves:
Can I point to specific words or actions that support my reason?
Can I explain exactly how these words or actions support my reason?
Students had a blast writing lists in a parallel structure as another way to gain evidence for our essays. Parallelism refers to similar structure, phrases, and grammar. After listening and analyzing the lyrics in "My Favorite Things" by Julie Andrews we understand songs and poems are written for both the ear and the heart. They need to sound good and mean a lot. 4B writers say them aloud as they write to make them sound good. Try it out with your child
4B Literary Essay Thesis Statements:
Kaitlin is willing to take a chance, Breaking the Ice -Miranda
Hugo will never give up on his sister, I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster of 1937- Nik
Fudge's parents are not thinking of his future, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing- Molly
Ellie is a strong search and rescue dog, Ellie's Story- Kendall
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