Writing Biography Essays

I am currently writing my biography essay on inventor Thomas Edison. I have found some great internet research on Edison but I don’t know how to summarize it in my own words! Help me put this information into notes that I can use for the middle paragraphs of my essay.

Internet Book Reviews!

We have switched from writing narrative fiction to writing persuasive opinion pieces. When you give your opinion it’s important to:

1. Get your readers’ attention.

2. Provide your reader with evidence.

3. Remind your reader what you think or what you want them to do!

Check out Nancy’s great book review that is live for the world to see on Amazon.com

Realistic Fiction- A Chance to get Creative!

When we write realistic fiction stories we ask ourselves, “What would happen if…”

We had some great ideas: What if we had a corgi puppy as our class pet? What if Kyan had his own house? What if someone stole Ixell’s new shoes? What if Richard lived in Hollywood. Below, two of our writers, are sharing their excellent realistic fiction stories.

Amorie’s Realistic Fiction

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Andre’s Realistic Fiction

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Cesar’s Narrative Story

Cesar, from Miss Dietly’s class, has written a very descriptive short story! Check out his engaging lead, his details, and the lesson he learned that day! Click on the picture below to visit Miss Dietly’s blog and leave a comment for Cesar!

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Cesar’s writing is so descriptive because of his use of adjectives. Adjectives helps us describe nouns.

Make it Interesting, Make it Detailed!

We are writing stories around the theme of “Holidays.” A theme is a big idea that groups things together. If “Holidays” is our theme then everyone in the room must be writing about a special holiday or celebration. We picked this theme because our writers were getting stuck so frequently in their brainstorming and saying, “I don’t have any good ideas in my life!” But, when we started thinking about holidays everyone had two or three good ideas to pick from! Below are the engaging beginnings from two of our writers. Look at how they are putting in details to make their work more interesting for their readers!

Shannallie’s Engaging Lead

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Amorie’s Halloween Lead

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Brainstorm, Plan, and Keep Planning

Just like our favorite author,Barbara O’Connor and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, when we write our narrative stories we start by making a plan. Below, some of our class authors are showing off the fantastic plans they are using to write a story. Notice the way they have planned for the beginning, middle, and end of their stories as well as a climax, or big moment. The students have also included what their secondary characters will be doing at certain points in their stories.

Kyan’s Plan:
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Ixell’s plan and her engaging lead:
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Antwan’s plan and his engaging lead: photo 1
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Complete that Sentence with a Subject and Predicate!

If you want your reader to understand your story, then you have to write in compete sentences. Complete sentences contain a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb-what the subject is doing.)

Which of these sentences are complete?

The dog barked at the cat.
Each boy had a doughnut.
That man.

That man, what? What did the man do? To complete the sentence, tell the reader what the man did.

“Great use of dialogue Oscar!” Mrs. Felter said.

Oscar jumped right in and added dialogue into the first sentence of his story. He grabbed the readers’ attention by saying, “Wake up sleepyhead!” He went on the use dialogue throughout his story to make his trip to the beach seem more realistic. 

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During our writing conference, Oscar noticed that he was saying, “And then…and then…and then…” way too many times! So we brainstormed a list of other transition words he could use to help move his story along. Can you think of any other words he could use?

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“More dialogue!” she exclaimed!

Antwan did a nice job using dialogue in his “From the heart” story about the day his brother Takyi was born. He wrote:

I shouted so loudly. I said, “Oh my gosh he’s so sweet!”

When he added in that dialogue to his story it made it come alive to the reader! I feel like I’m there seeing Takyi for the first time. What a special story.

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Thank you for sharing with us Antwan!