THE

ESSAY OF THE WEEK

NO USE IN HIDING THE FACT. . . .  

YOU NEED TO DO THESE.
THE CURRENT CRITERIA PREPOSITIONS TRANSITIONS SAY SAID DIFFERENTLY FYI


IT'S REALLY FOR

YOUR OWN GOOD!

 

GET THE POINT??


I'M NOT LION HERE.

YOU HAD BETTER

DO YOUR ESSAY OF THE WEEK!


CAN'T READ?????

WHAT? ARE YOU FROM THE NETHERWORLD?


 

ESSAY OF THE WEEK CRITERIA

You may write with either tentacle...just write.

Criteria for FIRST Quarter Essay Writing

DON'T BE SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSILLY;

FOLLOW THE CRITERIA.

All “Essays of the Week” must contain the following components for the FIRST marking period:

 

CHECK OFF EACH ITEM THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED ON THIS ESSAY

 

_______Proper Heading

_______Proper Indentation

_______Margins on the left and right side of the paper

_______Use blue/black ink or typed format

_______Correct punctuation

_______Minimum of four paragraphs containing: a clear introductory paragraph (minimum of          

               three sentences), two paragraphs that contain details (minimum

               of five sentences each), a closing paragraph (minimum  of four sentences)  

              (remember; opening and closing paragraphs are free of details)

 

_______At least one example of each of the  four sentence types must be used within the body of

              the essay and labeled  using the following key:

_______Declarative    (place a #1 over one of the declarative sentences)

_______Exclamatory  (place a #2 over one of the exclamatory sentences)

_______Imperative     (place a #3 over one of the imperative sentences)

_______interrogative  (place a #4 over one of the interrogative sentences)

_______At least 5 descriptive adjectives must be used within the body of the essay and CIRCLED

_______At least 5 Adverbs must be used within the body of the essay and be placed in a square

_______Must be legible and readable

_______Use three commas in compound sentences at least twice and place an asterisk at the

               beginning of the sentences

_______Use and underline four vocabulary words (Words of the Week)

_______Correct Spelling  

 

ESSAYS ARE ASSIGNED ON WEDNESDAYS AND ARE DUE ON THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY (The assignment date and the due date may change if the school schedule is modified). EACH Essay of the Week must meet the above criteria each week for the first marking period. The criteria for “essay of the week” will change each marking period to include other writing components.

 

 


 

PREPOSITIONS TO BE AWARE OF USING:

about, above, across, after, aloft, almost, along, amid, among, around, as, at, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, beyond, by, concerning, despite, down, during, for, from, further, in, inside, into, like, near, nearby, next, of, off, on, out, outside, over, past, regarding, since, through, throughout, to, toward, up, upon, under, underneath, until, unto, via, with, within, without


 

TRANSITIONS

To Add: accordingly, also, and, and then, another, as a result, as follows, as well as, at the same time, besides, both-and, by the same token, consequently, equally, important, etc., even more, finally, first (second, third, and so on), for example (for instance), for one thing, further, furthermore, however, in addition (to), in fact, in the first place, in the same way, in the second place, is called, is made up of, is seen as, last, lastly, likewise (also), more, more than this, moreover, next, nor, not only - but also, or, otherwise, second, similarly (again), successively, than, then, therefore, thus, too, what is more

 

Cause-and-effect relationships: accordingly, as a consequence, as a result, because, consequently, for that reason, for this purpose, hence, in short, on account of, since, so, then, therefore, thereupon, thus, to this end, with this object

 

To Clarify: in brief, in essence, in fact, in other words, in short, indeed, put another way, simply stated, that is, that is to say, to clarify, to explain, to put it another way, to put it differently, to rephrase it

 

To Compare: whereas, but, yet, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, on the other hand, on the contrary, by comparison, where, compared to, up against, balanced against, vis a vis, but, although, conversely, meanwhile, after all, in contrast, although this may be true

 

Concession: Although, at any rate, at least, still, thought, even though, granted that, while it may be true, in spite of, of course.

 

Contrast: although, at the same time, but, but at the same time, contrarily, Conversely, despite, differently, even so, even though, for all that, however, in contrast, in spite of, instead, nevertheless, nonetheless, nor, notwithstanding of, on one hand, on the contrary, on the other hand, or, otherwise, rather, regardless,  still, though, unfortunately, whereas, while this may be true, yet (and yet)

 

Detailing:  as follows, especially, in detail, in particular, including, namely, specifically, to enumerate, to explain, to list

 

To Emphasize: definitely, extremely, obviously, in fact, indeed, in any case, absolutely, positively, naturally, surprisingly, always, forever, perennially, eternally, never, emphatically, unquestionably, without a doubt, certainly, undeniably, without reservation

 

To Give Example: for example, for instance, in this case, in another case, on this occasion, in this situation, take the case of, to demonstrate, to illustrate, as an illustration, to illustrate

 

To Prove: because, for, since, for the same reason, obviously, evidently, furthermore, moreover, besides, indeed, in fact, in addition, in any case, that is

 

To Repeat: in brief, as I have said, as I have noted, as has been noted

 

To Show Exception: yet, still, however, nevertheless, in spite of, despite, of course, once in a while, sometimes

 

To Show Sequence: first, second, third, and so forth. A, B, C, and so forth. next, then, following this, at this time, now, at this point, after, afterward, subsequently, finally, consequently, previously, before this, simultaneously, concurrently, thus, therefore, hence, next, and then, soon

 

Suggestion: For this purpose, to this end, with this in mind, with this purpose in mind, therefore.

 

Time:  afterward, after a few hours, at first, at the same time, earlier, finally, first of all, first, for now, for the time being, immediately, in conclusion, in the first place, in the meantime, in time, in turn, last, later on, later, meanwhile, next, the next step simultaneously, soon, subsequently, then, thereafter to begin with, ultimately, while

 

To Summarize or Conclude: accordingly, after all, all things considered, altogether, as has been indicated, as has been noted, briefly, by and large, clearly, consequently, for these reasons, generally, in any case, in any event, in closing, in conclusion, in other words, in retrospect, in simpler terms, in sum, in the final analysis, in the long run, naturally, of course, on the whole, summing up, therefore, thus, to sum up, to summarize, all in all, as a result, as has been said, certainly, finally, hence, in brief, in essence, in short


 

Over 300 Ways to Say "Said"


accused
acknowledged
acquiesced
acquired
added
admitted
admonished
advised
agreed
alleged
allowed
alluded
announced
answered
apologized
appeased
approved
argued
articulated
asked
assented
asserted
assured
attributed
babbled
baited
barked
bawled
began
begged
believed
bellowed
beseeched
besought
bleated
blubbered
boasted
bragged
breathed
broke in
cackled
cajoled
calculated
called
cannonaded
caroled
cautioned
challenged
changed
charged
chatted
cheered
chided
chipped in

choked
chortled
chuckled
churned
cited
claimed
clamored
coaxed
comforted
commented
complained
conceded
concluded
concurred
confessed
confirmed
consented
consoled
contended
contested
continued
contributed
cooed
coughed
countered
cried
criticized
croaked
crooned
cross-examined
cursed
cussed
debated
decided
declared
declined
defended
demanded
denied
described
determined
dictated
discussed
drawled
droned
echoed
edited
ejaculated
elaborated
emphasized
ended
entreated

 

enumerated
enunciated
exaggerated
exclaimed
exhorted
explained
exploded
expostulated
extolled
faltered
feared
frowned
fumed
gagged
gasped
gibbered
giggled
gloated
goaded
grinned
groaned
growled
grumbled
grunted
guessed
guffawed
gulped
gurgled
gushed
hastened
hesitated
hinted
hissed
hollered
hooted
horned in
howled
imitated
implied
implored
informed
inquired
insinuated
insisted
interjected
interposed
interpreted
interrupted
intimidated
intoned
jabbered
jeered
jested
joked

lambasted
lamented
laughed
lectured
lied
listed
made known
maligned
marveled
mentioned
mimicked
moaned
mocked
mourned
mumbled
murmured
mused
muttered
nagged
nodded
noted
objected
observed
offered
ordered
panted
perceived
persisted
persuaded
pestered
piped up
pleaded
pointed
pondered
pouted
praised
preached
predicted
prevaricated
proceeded
proclaimed
prodded
profaned
professed
promised
prompted
prophesied
proposed
protested
purred
pursued 
quavered
queried

questioned
quibbled
quipped
quoted
railed
raved
recalled
recited
recommended
regretted
reiterated
rejoined
remained
remembered
reminded
remonstrated
renounced
repeated
replied
reported
reprehended
reprimanded
requested
resolved
responded
resumed
retorted
revealed
roared
rumbled
sang
sang out
scoffed
scolded
scorned
screamed
screeched
sermonized
shifted
shouted
shrieked
shrilled
shrugged
sighed
sizzled
slurred
slurred
smiled
smoldered
snapped
snarled
sneered
snickered
snorted

sobbed
soliloquied
soothed
specified
spelled
spoke
spurted
sputtered
squawked
squeaked
squealed
stammered
stated
stormed
stressed
struggled
stuttered
submitted
suggested
surmised
swore
sympathized
tantalized
tattled
taunted
teased
testified
thought
threatened
told
urged
uttered
vaunted
ventured
voiced
volunteered
wailed
want to know
warned
wavered
whispered
wondered
wore on
worried
yearned
yelled
yelped
yowled

 

 

 


 

ALMOST 101 REASONS TO WRITE BETTER

THINGS TO KNOW

Point 1. Proper indentation is very important. It allows the reader to understand and see where a new thought on the topic is being introduced.

Point 2. Margins allow for the paper to be focused and centered. This allows the reader to remain focused on the material being discussed.

Point 3. Blue/Black ink are the easiest for the eyes to view for long term reading. Typing must be done in a pleasing font (Ariel/Times New Roman) and a reasonable size (12).

Point 4. Correct punctuation is necessary for the writer's thoughts to be conveyed in the manner in which they were thinking. Periods, question marks, commas and semicolons tell the reader HOW to read the paper.

Point 5. Four paragraph writing allows an introductory paragraph, two detailed paragraphs and a paragraph to summarize the thoughts of the writer. The introduction must never give details about the topic of the paper; instead it should INTRODUCE the topic only. The detailed paragraphs are just that-DETAILS. Each paragraph should have its own "theme" to it. That theme MUST relate to the topic of the paper. The closing paragraph must be a summary of thoughts. NO new information about the topic is introduced in the last paragraph.

Point 6. Insuring that all four sentence types are use in the essay will allow for a greater freedom of expression for the writer.

Point 7. If you read, "The eggs were not eaten at breakfast" it gives you a clear statement. If you read, "The slimy, uncooked, rotten eggs were not eaten at breakfast" it is a clear descriptive sentence. Adjective usage allows for details to be enhanced.

Point 8.  Adverbs allow you to give a wide range of MOVEMENT options for verbs. The gazelle ran. The gazelle ran swiftly. The gazelle ran swiftly and gracefully over the plains. Which sounds best?

Point 9. If your work isn't legible, you don't get graded. Your work is a reflection on you. Be proud. Write clear!

Point 10. Commas allow for the reader to take a dramatic pause. They need to be used in order to give your paper a "fluid" feel to it.

Point 11. Advanced vocabulary usage will make your paper sound more mature and more convincing. Using "Words of the Week" will give your paper SAT  vocabulary words.

Point 12. Correct spelling can be difficult. If you are using a computer, SPELL CHECK. If you are writing, use a DICTIONARY.

Point 13. Using spelling words enhances further vocabulary usage.

ESSAYS ARE DUE ON WEDNESDAYS . They must meet the above criteria each week for the first marking period.


 

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ONE DAY...IT WILL PAY OFF.

The Essay of the Week is not just designed for 7th Grade. It is also not specifically designed for the ASK tests. It is designed to allow creative writing that is grammatically correct for all future English Classes in both high school and college. It will build a strong base for writing for years to come. Every essay is graded. Virtually every essay is given back to the student for improvement communication. Each marking period, the criteria will change. In addition to that factor, the essays will count more to the overall grade for the marking period.


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