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More Nouns and the Hamburger Paragraph

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello, writers and teachers,

This week we will continue studying nouns, and we will review the basic structure of a paragraph.

Many nouns can be singular (one) or plural (more than one). For example: friend (singular), friends (plural). These nouns are classified as "count" nouns because they name things that can be counted. Nouns that name things that cannot be counted are classified as "non-count" nouns and are never used in a plural form. For example: fun, ice.

It's important for writers to know the guidelines for spelling the plural of nouns. Study the following document and complete the practice exercise:

Spelling Plural Nouns (PDF — 135 KB)

Your main assignment for this week is to review the basic structure of a paragraph and to compose a paragraph that follows this structure. 

Paragraphs that begin with a main idea statement and end with a restatement of the main idea are often called hamburger (or hot dog, or sandwich, or accordion) paragraphs. The following document contains examples of different kinds of paragraphs and instructions on how to compose a hamburger paragraph:

Read the document and write a 5-8 sentence paragraph about your favorite activity (what it is and why you like it). You could start the paragraph like this: I love to ___. (For example: I love to go fishing.) 

Use the following document to plan your paragraph:

Planning a Paragraph (PDF — 168 KB)

Make sure to use vivid verbs and precise nouns. If necessary, review the following document:

Wonderful Colorful Words (PDF — 428 KB)

Have a great week! I'll post again next Wednesday.

Write Cook

P.S. Here's an easy way to make a grilled cheese sandwich (it's not really grilled, but it tastes almost as good). 

1- Toast two pieces of your favorite sandwich bread.
2- Spread butter on the outside of the pieces of toast.
3- Place one of the pieces of toast (buttered side down) on a microwavable dish.
4- Add two slices of American cheese (or any other favorite cheese).
5- Top with the second piece of toast (buttered side out).
6- Cover loosely with a paper towel.
7- Microwave 15-20 seconds (until the cheese starts to melt).
8- Enjoy!


Conceptual Nouns and Precise Nouns

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 9:46 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello, writers and teachers,

The first lesson of the school year will be on identifying and using nouns. We will focus on conceptual (abstract) nouns and on precise (specific) nouns. 

Nouns are the names we give to persons, places, things, and ideas. Review nouns by studying the following document:

NOUNS (PDF — 235 KB)

Conceptual (abstract) nouns are the names of ideas:   

Things we can think about: thoughts   

Believe in: democracy, religion   

Feel (emotionally): anger, love, pride   

Imagine, but can’t touch: math, time 

Your first assignment for this week (due next Wednesday), is to compose an acrostic poem about yourself. Each line should start with a letter of your name (first name or first and last names) so that the letters spell your name if you read them from top to bottom. Your poem must contain (in each line) conceptual (abstract) nouns that represent some of your ideals. For example: curiosity, courage, intelligence, strength, etc.

Here's mine:


Your second assignment is on precise nouns. Study the following document:

Wonderful Colorful Words (PDF — 428 KB)

Precise nouns are the specific names of persons, places, things, and ideas. For example: I am a teacher. Teacher is one of my generic names. I am Ms. Pla. Ms. Pla is my specific name (it's also a proper noun). Precise nouns are often proper nouns as well.

Your assignment is to write a paragraph (5-7 sentences) about what you hope to do next summer. Use at least five precise nouns.

For example: Next summer I hope to visit the Denver Zoo. (Instead of writing the common noun "zoo," I wrote the more specific (precise) noun "Denver Zoo.") 

Work on these two assignments this week, and also play the game "Abstract or Concrete" found in (go to Grade Level Help, then 6th Grade Language Arts).

Talk to you next Wednesday,

Write Cook

P.S. School makes me hungry for pizza. My favorite? Pineapple and black olives. Yours?