Choose One From The Writing Buffet

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Hi Students,

This week please choose one writing prompt to respond to and follow the directions on the image.

No matter which one you choose, two paragraphs written well are expected. Have clever opening  and concluding lines.

If you choose the first one about the teacher, it goes without saying that you should be respectful. Have fun but be respectful.

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A Meaningful Object

Hi Students!

Please follow the directions on the prompt. I want you to really think on what these questions are asking. One good paragraph to include a creative lead sentence and a concluding sentence. Watch those run-on and incomplete sentences. Think outside the box!

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What Is Your Ideal Bookshelf?


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Hi Students!

I can’t believe your sixth-grade year is coming to an end! Since the core of the sixth-grade English curriculum is literature and writing, I thought it would be a fitting prompt to end the year with a post related to that. Pretend that you have an empty bookshelf in your room. What top five books would you have on it?

At least two of the books should be from this year. When you write your paragraph, list your titles and briefly explain why each one deserves a place of honor on your shelf. Then tell us which book is your favorite (so far) of all and why.

Have a wonderful, fun summer break. I’ll continue to post interesting images and videos throughout the summer for our readers (as many international students attend school), if you would like to continue the conversation.

I enjoyed going through the sixth-grade journey with you! Please stop and say hello next year!

Mrs. Cobb



What’s Your Favorite Sandwich?

Smoked turkey, hot pastrami or thScreen Shot 2015-04-21 at 8.33.36 AMe classic P.B. & J.? Spicy mayo, a drizzle of olive oil or pickled peppers? Sharp Cheddar, pepper jack or Gruyere? Toasted rye, sliced focaccia or a sesame-seed bun?

There are an infinite number of ways to make a sandwich. What’s your favorite?

In “Build a Better Sandwich,” Jeff Gordinier writes:

It is one of life’s nagging mysteries: Why is a sandwich you order at a restaurant so invariably and intensely better than a sandwich you make at home?

Is there some immense secret realm of sandwich-master knowledge that mere mortals have no access to? Why do you find yourself in the kitchen, pressed for time, bereft of inspiration, staring slack-jawed into the refrigerator and succumbing to yet another bland slapped-together calorie blast of cold turkey and mealy tomatoes on supermarket white? With every bite, you taste only regret.

To remedy that, we fanned out across New York City, where plenty of chefs (and butchers and bakers) are applying their deep-tissue understanding of flavor, texture and technique to the task of converting every sandwich into a midday marvel.

Fair warning: Making a better sandwich means avoiding the shortcuts. “People see a sandwich as so casual, so last minute,” said Gil Calderon, the chef and general manager of Meat Hook Sandwich and a man who gets swept up in very serious discussions of “textural play” and “temperature contrast.” “The best sandwiches are the ones that have a little more time devoted to them.”

— What’s your favorite sandwich? What are the ingredients? Is there any extra care required to get the sandwich just right? Is the sandwich something you make at home, or do you order it from a particular restaurant? (You may choose to write on a hamburger, if you want.)

— Do you have a simple go-to sandwich — something you put together quickly when you’re in a rush or have a craving?

One-two paragraphs. Must have creative lead sentence and concluding sentence. Reminder: Add those descriptive adjectives and adverbs!

(Courtesy of the NY Times Learning Network)

For Sale: One Magical House!

Hello Students! Pretend you are a real estate agent for an agency that sells magical homes, and you have been asked by the owners of this enchanted house to sell it. You have your first prospective buyers coming by to take a tour. What are you going to say? How would you go about selling this house? As a real estate agent, it is your job to point out all the wonderful and unique features a magical house would have. Gather your inspiration from all the fantasy books and/or movies you have seen to describe some of the magical elements that might be in a magical house.

Be mindful, that I am not looking for silliness…but be specific in your descriptions. Have fun and be creative and clever! Think in terms of what the different rooms in the house might have. If you were buying a magical house, what features would you want it to have?

No dialog! But do put a space between paragraphs if you write more than one (like I do here)…remember, you cannot indent in a blog. (Two paragraphs at most)

Please use a topic sentence: It is the sentence that captures the meaning of the paragraph and tells the reader about what he/she will be reading. It usually is written at the beginning of the paragraph, but it can appear a few sentences in. Most of you already do this. Every paragraph should have a topic sentence. End with a concluding sentence, too. No I think and be careful of repetition. (I like winter. I like winter because…) MANY of you still do this. Watch out for any run-on sentences; I’m seeing them less and less! 🙂

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