Writing of the Week

  • Drafting with Details
    How do we make our writing come alive?  DETAILS!  While we prewrite, we add details to our original ideas and number the ideas to organize our sentences. But mostly, we want precise details!

    But what exactly does that mean? Here's what we have been practicing:

    Description: Describes what something looks like or sounds like (imagery/senses)

    Detail:  Adds who, what, when, why, where, how information (specific) (5Ws+H)

    Strong Verbs:  Shows action (can it be done?) --- pulls, slips, yells

    Emotions: Explains feelings: How were you feeling? How was the character feeling? How do the characters feel about each other?

    Thoughts: Explains what you or our characters thing: What are the characters thinking?

    Example: Provides an anecdote (short story in a few sentences), evidence (for instance, for example)

    Dialogue: Include conversations between characters to SHOW what is happening through the characters' eyes

    What does this look like?  Take a look here.

    Posted Oct 3, 2010, 9:42 PM by sheri@nsdeagles.org
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Recent Announcements

  • End of Quarter
    January 26 is the end of the quarter.  Students finish up their projects, ready for Winter Quarter.  We just finished our MAP NWEA testing, and will analyze our scores to hopefully celebrate improvement. We'll set goals for our spring testing.

    In writing class we now read to write.  We research, take notes, and write about our learning. More on this later.

    What's an example of student writing? Here are two:


    "So we start our rides. Billy has a four-wheeler that sounds like a RC car. I have a KTM 550 that sounds like a lion growling at its worst enemy, and that's when I'm not pulling on the gas, when I pull on the gas it sounds like a monster truck getting ready to do their run on the track."

    Action, Description, Detail, Dialogue, Humor:

    We walked outside and my dad had a lime green dirt bike strapped down in the back of his silver Ford pickup. We got it down, started it up, and Sammy jumped on her two stroke bright green Kawasaki four wheeler. Up the hill we went. Sammy started rolling backwards so she was facing Bubba. Sammy laughs and yelled, "What's up?"

    "Haha -- WATCH OUT SAMMY!" 

    BANG! right into a parked truck.

    "Oh my gosh!

    "It's okay. I'm fine."

    "I'm not worried about you. Is the bike okay?"

    Posted Jan 24, 2011, 8:26 PM by sheri@nsdeagles.org
  • Veterans Day Homework
    Veterans Day will be here soon.

    Assembly 11/10/10 Nespelem School
    Veterans Day 11/11/10 No School
    Teacher Training Day 11/12/10 No School

    Homework due 10/22   Contest due 10/29 -- we will finish in class

    Veterans’ Day

    Homework: Writing Grades 5-8

    American Legion Auxiliary #119 sponsors a writing contest each year.

    This year the essay topic is:

    “What does Veterans’ Day mean to me?”

    Discuss Veterans’ Day with your family and write your essay of one hundred (100) words or less.

    Bring your essay to school for peer review and final drafting.


    100 word essay


    What does Veterans’ Day mean to me?




    1st $20; 2nd $15; 3rd $5

    Will be displayed at Veterans’ Pow-Wow

    Photo Credits: 

    Eagle by Beverly and Pack

    Posted Oct 16, 2010, 12:16 PM by sheri@nsdeagles.org
  • Upcoming Dates
    Spirit Week 10/4-10/8

    10/11 No School

    10/27 School Board

    10/29 Afternoon Halloween Parties

    11/4 End of Quarter

    11/10 Veterans Assembly

    11/11 Veterans Day

    11/12 Teacher Training; No School
    Posted Oct 3, 2010, 9:49 PM by sheri@nsdeagles.org
  • End of Year Dates
    Pow Wow June 8
    Graduation June 9 5:00 Gym (Early Dismissal; 12:20)
    Last Day: Awards/Picnic June 10 (Dismiss Noon)

    Graduation Links

    Posted Oct 3, 2010, 9:44 PM by sheri@nsdeagles.org
  • 4/2 No School/Spring Break
    4/2 Teacher Training day and records
    4/5 - 4/9 Spring Break

    Posted Mar 30, 2010, 9:58 PM by sheri@nsdeagles.org
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Homework Assignments

  • Veterans Day Homework
    For complete information click here.

    Photo Credit: Flickr CC by Beverly and Pack

    Posted Oct 16, 2010, 12:19 PM by sheri@nsdeagles.org
  • Weekly Assignment
    5 6 7 8

    Turn in one well-ordered and detailed strong verb paragraph written on a topic of your choice.
    Paragraph should also be edited and legible.
    Posted Feb 21, 2010, 2:05 PM by sheri@nsdeagles.org
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