In the selection By the Shores of Silver Lake, we learn that Laura’s sister is blind. Laura must “see out loud” for her sister Mary. Laura describes everything that she sees in great detail so that Mary can “see” in her mind’s eye what Laura sees.
A writer can do the same thing for his/her readers. Descriptive writing vividly portrays a person, place, or thing in such a way that the reader can visualize (see in the mind’s eye) the topic and enter into the writer’s experience.
This week, we are writing our final drafts for our first personal narrative. A personal narrative tells the true story of what happened to you. Personal narratives provide great opportunities for descriptive writing. Click here for a Personal Narrative Sample Paper.
This week, we finished writing, editing, and typing our persuasive essays on the topic of raising the Titanic.
Our persuasive writing had to include a title, an introductory sentence that states our opinion, three reasons that support our opinion, and a concluding sentence that restates our opinion. To earn an A grade, we also had to provide elaboration (evidence, examples, and/or facts) to support our reasons.
We are including all of our persuasive writing for you to read and enjoy. The essays that include elaboration qualify for the the online Persuasive Essay competition below. Please “express yourself” by voting on the essay that you believe is the most PERSUASIVE!
Persuasive Paragraphs Against Raising the Titanic:
“The discovery of the Titanic has caused great controversy and has divided many people. Some feel that the wreck of the Titanic should be explored while others believe that the ship should be left undisturbed. There are countless opinions on what should be done with the ship…”
Click here to read several viewpoints on what should (or should not) be done with the Titanic.
Lasy week, we read Finding the Titanic in our Houghton Mifflin reading book. You can click HERE to learn about the author, play an eWord Game, use the eGlossary, and take an online poll.
The online poll asks, “Should the Titanic be left on the ocean floor, or should it be brought to the surface for study?”
This week, our writing assignment is to write a persuasive writing piece that answers that question. What does persuasive mean? Click here to find out! Now, stay tuned to read our writing!!! 🙂 🙂 While you wait, you may join the debate and express yourself on our very own poll. 🙂