Language Objective: I will edit sensory and significant details my "Favorite Mistake" essay and make sure I show instead of tell in my narrative.
1. Read your Quarter 4 book for 15 minutes.
2. Pick a boring or bland sentence from your book. Write it down. Then, rewrite this sentence and add sensory details to make this sentence more vivid and interesting. Avoid cliches.
3. Writing Prompt: Write an adventure story about paint drying. Use vivid details to make it as interesting as possible.
4. Make sure your rough draft is finished, then peer-review your essay with a partner. Leave comments on the following:
- Spelling and Grammar
- What is working well?
- What is confusing?
- What would you like to see more of?
6. Revise your draft and pay attention to the following:
- Make sure to either start with reflection or a moment of action.
- Are you showing, rather than telling your reader what happened?
- Heighten the three key details you highlighted in your rough draft. Make sure they are emphasized in your essay and you show that they are important.
- Do you in equal parts express what happened and reflect on what you learned from it/what this says about you as a person?
- Is your closing effective? End with something that sums up what this mistake meant to you or an outlook to the future/whether you would do it again or not.
7. Reflection (add to the bottom of your draft):
- What are the strengths of your essay? What did you struggle with or think could improve?
- What was the hardest part of this essay to write? Why?
- Did anything about this essay or the way you wrote it surprise you?
- Submit your final draft (worth 30 points)