Home Away from Home Essay Instructions

Here are the directions for the weekly Home Away from Home Essays.  These are due each Saturday. 

This is the Writing Challenge.  I want you all to keep practicing writing.  I know it is a hard thing to do, so here are some ideas for making a journaling essay.

  1. Write down the things you do each day. Just ideas with a few phrases.  At the end of the day, choose one thing to write a paragraph about.  Remember a good paragraph has an introduction sentence, detail sentences that describe what you did, and then a concluding sentence wrapping it all up. An excellent paragraph usually has 6-8 complete sentences.
  2. Make a paragraph for each day of the week, starting on Monday, and going through Friday.  You should end up with 5 paragraphs at the end of the week.
  3. On Saturday, I want you to put all your daily paragraphs together and make an essay for the week. 
    1. You will need to add an introduction paragraph that introduces me(the reader) to what you are going to write about (what you are doing at home while school is closed). 6-8 sentences
    2. You will need a thesis statement (that is just a sentence that tells the reader about the daily paragraph subjects)  For example, The week of March 15th was crazy!  I baked cookies, mopped the kitchen floor, folded all of my laundry, and helped take care of my dog. This sentence is based upon each of those things you would have already written a paragraph about during one of your days off that week.)
    3. You will then need a conclusion paragraph with 6-8 sentences that reviews the things you did that week, and also lets me know a bit of how you are feeling about your accomplishments.  You might want to leave me with a hint about some things you might do next week. 
    4. When you are finished, email it to me!  I want to read what you are doing.  I am going to do one too.  On Saturday, I will write my essay for the week and email it to you all.
  4. Most of all, I want this to be fun.  I want you to entertain me with your writing.  Help me "see" what you are doing by using specific vocabulary.  Draw me a picture with your words