Unit: Unit 1: Show vs. Tell

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Unit Description

This unit introduces the skills for extending the elaboration of an idea with concrete and singular detail. Editing symbols are introduced and used by both teacher and students in revising and editing writing. This unit also introduces the year-long practical integration of grammar in the writing process—with an emphasis on the adverb subordinate clause, the present participial phrase, conjunctions, conjunctive adverbs, and the semicolon. Fundamental concepts of critical reading are introduced through comparing and contrasting compositions that "tell" and those that "show." This unit relies heavily on the research and published work of Michael Degen, Ph.D, specifically his book Crafting Expository Argument.

Lessons

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Resources: 10

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Day 6 - Present Participial Phrases as Adjectives Resources: 4

Students will write correctly punctuated complex sentences by using present participial phrases as adjectives. They will revise their own writing by using vivid verbs rather than "to be," and will add present participial phrases for clarity and flair.

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Day 7 - Writing to Show (Focus on the singular over the general) Resources: 3

Students will write correctly punctuated complex sentences by using present participial phrases as adjectives. They will revise their own writing by using vivid verbs rather than "to be," and will add present participial phrases for clarity and flair.

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Day 8 - Adverb Subordinate Clause Resources: 5

Students will write correctly punctuated complex sentences by using present participial phrases as adjectives and adverb subordinate clauses. They will edit and revise their own writing for concrete detail, vivid verbs, elaboration, and correct grammar usage and punctuation.

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Day 9 - Writing to Show (Focus on an single action) Resources: 2

Students will write correctly punctuated complex sentences by using present participial phrases as adjectives. They will revise their own writing by using vivid verbs rather than "to be," and will add present participial phrases for clarity and flair.

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Day 10 - ASSESSMENT Resources: 2

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Unit Resources

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