Fascinating Facts



Picture me sitting at my computer, grading your letter. As your teacher, I'm constantly asking myself a series of questions, all of which boil down to this:

Skill Evidence
Blending Fiction and Non-Fiction A letter that smoothly blends a fictitious journey with basic facts about the country.
Colorful Descriptions A description that appeals to all five senses (or at least two or three).
Direct Dialogue A letter that includes some direct dialogue (properly formatted, of course)
Summarizing A letter that includes a concise summary of some portion of the text.
Paraphrasing A letter in which you have paraphrased some portion of the text.
Quoting a Text A letter that includes a direct quote from the text (properly formatted, of course).
Mixing Narration and Exposition A letter that mixes narration with exposition. (Do you skillfully insert explanations into your story?)
Opinion Questions A letter that includes thoughtful opinions (especially ones that answer the "opinion questions" found in the text).
Transitions Do your transitions make it easy for me to follow your thoughts?
Paragraph Breaks Are you always inserting a paragraph break, each time you change the setting of your story?

Of course, not every letter you write will include evidence of all these skills. But the more I see, the happier I get—and the greater the chance that I will grade you up (that is, I'll give you more than two points for every ten words).

I also get happy when I see improvement over the course of the year. (A letter you write in May should be better than a letter you write in September).

Please, make me happy. Show me that you're practicing (and mastering) all of these skills.

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the Questions.