Ms. Brower's survey:
Read through your classmate's essay. Annotate it, underlining things you like, things you don't understand, and things you notice. On the back of the essay, write one thing you like, one thing that needs to improve, and one comment or question.
The indefinite pronoun worksheet file is at the bottom of this page (indefinitepronounworksheet.pdf).
Definitions for Treasure Island Character Essay
Hook: an interesting first sentence (statement, quote, or question)
Context: what you are talking about – who, what, where, etc.
Thesis: your claim or argument. Mad Libs version: CHARACTER is a TRAIT, TRAIT, and TRAIT person who changes from ONE KIND OF PERSON to ANOTHER KIND OF PERSON during the story.
Body paragraphs: How you back up your claims. One paragraph for each main part of the thesis, at least.
Evidence: quote and events from the story that support your claims, with citations.
Citations: page numbers in MLA format (Stevenson, 129)
Conclusion paragraph: restates claims and answers the question: “So what?”
Grammar definitions:Pronoun: a word that stands in for a noun.
Antecedent: The noun that a pronoun replaces.
Annotation: Adding notes to a text, explaining or marking it.
Annotating a text:
1. Read through, circling words you don't know, phrases you don't understand, and favorite passages. Mark character traits and plot points. Use a key for character, setting, questions, vocabulary, quotes, and important events.
2. Look up words, author information, and other information. Write it in the margins. Explain. Question. Draw pictures. Use color.
3. Summarize each chapter in a sentence or two at the beginning or end of each chapter.
Links to audio versions of the chapters of Treasure Island are at http://www.dmturner.org/English/Reading/Treasure%20Island/Treasure.htm
The annotation key is at the bottom of this page (annotation key.JPG)
The Zaner-Bloser worksheet maker is at http://www.zaner-bloser.com/media/zb/zaner-bloser/FontsOnline_Sampler/FontsOnline_Sampler/index.html