Thursday February 9/17

Yesterday we created a list of criteria for an effective information paragraph. I’ve created a small version of this checklist that I’d like you to glue into your portfolios (put them on whichever inside cover you DON’T have your reading strategy foldable on).

Today we’re going to go back to the video we watched on Monday and we’re going to write an information paragraph BUT

If you haven’t finished your reading response questions from yesterday, please do that first.

Wednesday February 8/16

Reminder: Your blue duotangs DO NOT LEAVE THIS ROOM. Some of you forgot and took them with you yesterday. I’ve decided that to keep things simple, we’re just going to put everything in the duotangs. We can decide what to take out later.

Today we’re going to start by finishing our annotation of the information paragraph from yesterday. Then we’ll make a list of the criteria for a good information paragraph.

  • Topic sentence should be clear and concise and explains what you will be talking about.
  • Supporting details (3-4) with elaboration
  • Evidence of planning (might have research, organized)
  • Correct punctuation, spelling, grammar
  • Clear title
  • Sentence variety
  • Conclusion should restate topic sentence

Next we will look at reading strategies to use before you read a text. You will make a foldable to glue inside your portfolio and keep track of the different reading strategies you learn.


Before Reading

  • select a purpose for reading
  • preview (e.g., title, visuals, organizational features)
  • activate prior knowledge (e.g., topic, format, vocabulary)
  • predict
  • question

Activate Prior Knowledge

If you take a moment to preview the text you’re about to read and then ask yourself what you already know about the topic, you’ll be able to set a purpose for your reading: seeing whether or not this text confirms, adds to, or changes what you thought about the topic.

How do you do it?

  • Preview the text: are there any titles, headings or subheadings that give you information about the information contained in the text?
  • Look for pictures. Do they give you any clues? If they have captions, read those too.
  • Is the author’s name familiar? Have you read anything by him or her before?
  • Make a prediction about the information you think the text will contain (Being “right” is not the goal here).

Practice this strategy with the following information paragraph.Tiny House

I will demonstrate it this time. Then you will read the paragraph and answer three questions (one from each category) from this sheet. Reading Response Questions for Nonfiction

Hand in the questions.

Tomorrow we will be writing an information paragraph based on the video we watched on Monday.



Tuesday February 7/17


How many words can you make just using the letters in the above word?


The word home has many different connotations for different people. We might think about safety, comfort, belonging, or warmth.

Watch the following video and think about what the word home means to you

Jot Notes

Watch the video at the beginning of this activity again. This time as you watch write down some jot notes to help you identify the main idea and supporting details of the video.

What are jot notes?

Jot notes are a quick way of recording information when your reading, listening, or viewing for the purpose of gathering information.

How do you write them?

  • start with a bullet, a dash (-), a tilde (~) or a dot
  • don’t worry about punctuation
  • don’t worry about capitals
  • use only main words or phrases
  • no sentences

When taking notes based on a video, pay special attention to any key words that appear on the screen or that a narrator might repeat.

Hand in your jot notes.

Next we’ll use your jot notes to identify the main idea and supporting details.

If we have enough time we will look at the structure of an information paragraph.

Annotating the info paragraph blank

Annotating-the-info-paragraph with our notes so far

jot notes

Monday February 6/17

Welcome to ENG2P. I’m looking forward to getting to know you this semester.

I update this blog every day so that you know what to expect in this class.

Today we will:

  1. Talk about signing up for Remind.
  2. Go over the course outline and discuss class expectations.
  3. Complete a reading/writing survey.
  4. Set up your Portfolios.

I will be using Remind to send text message reminders or email reminders depending on your preference. Please sign up for Remind by clicking on this link or by texting @8hk2a to the number (226) 773-2364.

I post digital versions of handouts whenever possible. Here are your handouts for today:

ENG2P Outline 16-17

Portfolio Reflection

Reading and writing Surveys

Reading Log