WRITING INSIDE
THE BOX
Edmond Public Schools
Language Arts Curriculum Department
Edmond Public Schools
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I like to think
outside the box!
You never know what
to expect from me!
That means being
different!
I’m full of
surprises.
I’m the Four-Square writing
box. Think outside of me, but
write inside of me!
Writing Process:
Prewriting
Drafting
Revising
Editing
Publishing
What
exactly
do you
mean by
process?
Process – Definition:
a systematic series of actions
a continuous action, operation, or
series of changes taking place in a
definite manner
Oh.
OK.
a series of progressive and
interdependent steps by which an end
is attained
… so process writing means
going through a series of
steps … right? Wow.
I don’t plan or revise or edit;
I just write it and let the
teacher do his job!
Isn’t that OK with
teachers? What
else do they have
to do anyway?
Yes, sir, I
hear you!
You are not
my editor!
…coffee
breath…
Man, some teachers
have a real attitude.
This one wants me to
PLAN and
REVISE. My last one,
though, gave me “Great!”
on everything, and I
just slopped it down on
paper at the last minute!
Isn’t there any
consistency in grading?
Why, yes! Teachers
should use rubrics.
The more often,
the better.
The more
consistent, the
better.
The more holistic,
the better.
…no
freedom…
I don’t like to
be told how
to grade my
students’
writing! I
have my own
methods, and
I don’t want
to use common
rubrics and a
common
writing
formula! It
takes away
my creativity!
…no consistency…
yi yi yi yi yi…that makes
me nervous every year…
I want my
readers to
notice my
good
writing!
Good writing
will permit
your readers
to concentrate
on your ideas!
Good traffic planning and
good road maintenance
permit drivers
to concentrate on their driving.
Avoid Covell between
Coltrane and Kelly.
Masterful layering of flavors,
meticulous planning, and careful
implementation of the recipe will
permit the diners to concentrate
on the taste of your dish.
Thoughtful selection of a building
site, informed choice of a
contractor, collaborative
development of a floor plan, and
careful overseeing of the building
operation will permit your family
to enjoy the new home of their
dreams.
The careful selection of an
interesting topic; the deep
development of the idea with
elaboration and detail; the
unified transition from one idea
to another; and the wise use of
sentence variation, word choice,
and grammar will invite your
readers to celebrate your ideas.
OK. Brainstorm
(plan ahead), and then use
the process, stopping to
revise and edit.
My teachers will assess
my writing only when I
have “processed” it.
They will use rubrics to
help me understand how I
can improve.
Hey, why can’t I see the
rubric before I write?
You can, and you should. Go to
www.edmondschools.net/language_arts/
to see all of the rubrics for every mode of
writing for every grade level.
You must want to produce
good writing.
I do want
to write
well!
Ooh, ooh,
ooh, ooh,
aaaah!
You must believe that you
can produce good writing.
I can do it!
Pfbbbbbbtt!
Ooh, ooh
ahhh!
First, though, you need
strategy, a plan. I4 like
ƀ.
You need a
formula for writing.
You need to choose
an approach to writing.
Choose a tactic and stick with it.
Which organizational structure
will you use?
Every endeavor in life
requires a plan.
Hey, Coach, what’s our
game plan?
Plan ahead! Google has
1,970,000 hits for the key
words PLAN AHEAD.
Yeah,
plan ah
OFFICE FLOOR PLAN
NEW SCHOOL BLUEPRINTS
LAND SURVEY
LESSON PLAN
Hey, I’ve got the blueprints
here! You’re right; they didn’t
put any doors on the faculty
restrooms either.
What is a
city’s master
plan?
CITY’S MASTER PLAN
BUSINESS STRATEGY
INSURANCE PLAN
ARGUMENT TACTIC
BATTLE PLAN
Alright! You win!
Do you plan your
arguments?
Joyce, this is Dan; I’m still
sick (cough, cough) – do you
have the number for
Subfinder…
CARPOOL SCHEDULE
VACATION PLANS
RED VELVET CAKE RECIPE
CLASS SYLLABUS
What is a
city’s master
plan?
First
Also
More
History
Growth Management
like
•Ancient: Grid Pattern
•Building Sizes
4th,
Like in ancient Iran
Square ft./1 or 2 story
5th
•Romans: Central Plaza gr.
•Zoning Restrictions
Residential and commercial
City goes out toward
•Business and Industry
defensive wall
Guidelines
•Renaissance:Star-shaped city
Tax incentives to attract
Surrounds fortress
Today’s modern cities require careful
Third
layout and design, growth management,
Safety
and safety planning.
•Crime
•Transportation
Finally
•Emergency
A well-managed, safely planned
grid-style city will provide a
st
More like 1 , 2nd,
pleasant lifestyle for its
rd
3 gr.
inhabitants.
Let’s
build a
house,
honey.
Where,
darling?
Do you
like that
pretty
acreage
, love?
Yes! Do
you like
that
floor
plan,
dear?
How Normal People Plan Inside the Box…
Yes!
Let’s
call our
friend
Mary.
Yes,
she’s a
home
builder.
Mary meets
today with
us, the
architect,
and the
contractor.
This is
just the
start of
a lot of
planning
, baby!
I hate to write rough drafts!
When you are arguing or discussing something, do
you ever have to say, “…no, that’s not what I
meant! I mean…”
You are REVISING your argument.
When your home was being built, did any of the
subcontractors ever make an error and have to
come back to fix it?
When you are teaching, do you ever miscalculate
and have to REVISE your lesson plan?
Almost all good writing starts out bad.
Plan your writing by
(1.) Getting your ideas down on paper;
(2.) Elaborating on your ideas; and
(3.) Using an organizational structure
(4-Square, for example,)
every time you write.
Draft and revise by
(1.) Spilling the beans at the end
of the introduction;
(2.) Using one idea per paragraph,
please; and
(3.) Writing fast, but rewriting
slowly.
Do they thank
their making
since?
Editing:
(1.) Edit you’re spelling; you’re
*apparent I.Q. drops 10 points for
every homophone misteak.
(Get it?)
(2.) Ask for editing help only when
you have finished the paper and fixed
all of the problems.
*apparent I.Q. - How smart people think you are
Paragraph 2
Puzzle Piece = Transition word
Reason, sample, or example
•Detail
•Detail
Enough detail for
•Detail
st
nd
Paragraph 3
Puzzle Piece = Transition word
Reason, sample, or example
•Detail
Vivid
Add “vivids”
•Detail
1 , 2 , and
for deeper
Vivid
some of 3rd.
elaboration in
•Detail
4th, 5th.
Vivid
Main idea sentence (Thesis statement)
Additionally
This becomes Paragraph 1 (Introduction).
Squirrel is an attractive dish to
serve to your guests.
Puzzle Piece = Transition word
• Roasted golden brown on pretty Wrap-up sentence
platter of yams and horseradish
• Fried crispy with batter on bed
of mustard greens
That’s how it looks all done
• Creole style jambalaya w/spicy
(details only, no vivids).
red sauce
2nd Grade
(Narrative)
The honey that was mising
One day a little bear went to the
store. He boute two pots of honey. He
came home with it. He put them in the
frigerater. Then he went to bed. The
next morning the honey was gone. So
he called his nabers and they broute
ther dog. Off they went. They looked
in the julre store. It was not ther.
2nd Grade
(Expository Essay)
Bat Facts
Bats are flying mammals. Bat wings are made of
leathery skin over bone. Bats live in dark places
such as caves or under the eaves of buildings.
Most bats are nocturnal witch means they are
activ at night. Some bats hibernate and some
migrate. There are two main groups of bats: The
megabats are large fruit-eating bats. The
microbats are small insect-eating bats. Insect
eating bats use echolocating to safele fly at night
and to catch their pray. Fruit-eating bats rely on
sight to fly. They find food by using sight and
smell.
One reason
Flying Mammals
•Wings leathery skin over bone
•___?_____
•___?_____
Another reason
Habitat
•Live in dark places
(caves, under eaves of buildings)
•Some hibernate and some migrate
•____?____
Bats are fascinating.
Finally
Habits
•Nocturnal (active at night)
Bats are interesting because these
flying mammals have fascinating
•Megabats (large fruitliving conditions and habits.
eating/sight,smell for prey)
•Microbats (small insect-eating/
echolocation for prey)
2nd Grade
Untitled
(Descriptive? Expository?)
Someday I want to go to Mt. Everest and I
want to climb to the very top and I’d see the
world. Someday I want to go see the Grand
Canyon and I want to walk the whole thing by
foot. Someday I want to go to see the Great
Bairery Reif.
2nd Grade
The Long Day
(Narrative Essay)
First I ride the bus home. I sit with Tiffany.
The bus ride is so boring. Next I watch tv
and eat a shack. I eat chips and dip. I watch
saved By the bell. Then I practice the piano.
I play My Favorite Things. I play
superkalefraglstikekspaldoshes. Last I clean
my room. I make my bed. I clean my closet.
And that was my Long Day.
First
(Event) Bus ride home
(Detail) Sit with Tiffany
(Detail) Bus ride is boring
(Detail) ___?______
Next
(Event)Watch TV and eat
snack
(Detail) Chip and dip
(Detail) Saved by the Bell
(Detail) __?_____
The Long Day
Who? Kelsi
What? Long day
Where? At home
When? After school
Why? To tell what happened
Then
(Event) Practice piano
and clean room
(Detail) Play Fav.Things and
(Big Ending)
Superkalefraglstik…
And that was my long day.
(Detail) Make bed
(Detail) Clean closet
(Details if needed)
2nd Grade
Untitled
(Expository Essay)
The u.s.a is on the continent of North
America.
Texes is a very Beautiful place to live
Because almost every day you can go outside
and play.
Oklahoma is curvy at the bottom Because
the red river is right there.
I Like living in the u.s.a Because we all
have freeDom.
The u.s.a is on the
continent of north
America.
Texes is a very Beautiful
Place to live in
Because almost every day
you can go outside and
play.
United States of America.
Oklahoma is curvy at the
Bottom
Because the red river is
right there.
I Like living in the U.S.A
Because we all have
freeDom.
2nd Grade
(Expository)
The United States of America
We are on the country of North America.
The U.S.A. is the free country. The country
bird is the Bald Eagle.
My Grama and Grampa live in Albama. My
Annt lives in Colorado. I all ways go to Vale in
the summer.
Oklahoma has two football teames-OUOSU. Oklahoma has the Red River. Oklahoma is
shaped as a panhandle.
I like the U.S.A. I love Oklahoma. I like
the world.
3rd Grade
(Descriptive)
Untitled
It’s 3:05 p.m. June 1st, 2007. I’m going to my
bus line. I’ll soon be home for the summer. In a
while I’ll be thinking about fourth grade and how
ready I am. Reading is one of my special
attributes. Working on my own is a strength I
have. Being an excellent student is also one of my
specialties.
One reason I’m prepared for fourth grade is
my reading ability. My Star Student Reading
Test score is 5.9. I have a good imagination so I
can picture the things that are going on in stories.
I can read for a long time without getting up.
I have read several Gregor the Overlander
books, and I’ve also read Peter and the
Starcatchers. Have you read those books?
Another reason I’m prepared for fourth grade
is my inner motivation. I complete my homework
on time. I work hard for good grades. I’m a
terrific role model to my friends.
Last of all, I’m an excelent student. I’m as
flexible as a garden hose laying in the sun. I can
do whatever I need to do. I’m a very honest
person. And, I always persevere in whatever I
need to accomplish.
So now that you know how terrific I am
in reading, working on my own, and being an
excellent student, you would be lucky to have
me in your class. Don’t you agree?
5th Grade
The Chargers
(Expository)
“I’m a Chisholm Charger. My goals are
three: respect, success, responsibility.” This is
our Chisholm motto; we say it every morning.
Our mascot is Chargie and C.J., Chargie Jr.
Every Tuesday we celebrate our Chisholm pride!
Respect, the first word in our motto
explains that we share respect. First, you learn
it you earn it. Second, respect other people’s
property. Third, respect the rules that other
people tell you.
Success, the second word in our motto explains
that we are successful. First, Chargers work hard
until they succeed. Second, we dream big so we
have a challenge to succeed. Third, we plan ahead
so when we meet bumps in the road, we can
overcome them.
Responsibility, the last word in our motto
explains we are responsible enough to take on large
tasks. First, all of us accept large tasks and do
them right. Second, we obey the teachers’ rules
even when they’re not looking, Third, we accept our
consequences for our actions.
Finally, we say the motto every morning to
show our pride. There once was an Oreo
hanging above the clock in the media center; it
symbolized our motto. We say this because
our goals are three: respect, success,
responsibility.
Can you think
outside the box
but write inside
the box?
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