Presentation on theme: "Take out your “Turning 16” assignment and assignment notebooks!!!"— Presentation transcript:
1 Take out your “Turning 16” assignment and assignment notebooks!!!
2 How to write for the WKCE and beyond! MEL-Con:How to write for the WKCE and beyond!
3 Introduction What is MEL-Con? Why should I care about MEL-Con? How will it help me?
4 2 Types of MEL-Con Mini (Short Answer) Monstrous (Essays) Used mainly on short answer tests and on the WKCE!Monstrous (Essays)Used as the body paragraphs of essays!
5 The Building Blocks of MEL-Con M = Main Idea (Topic Sentence)E = Evidence (Support/Examples/Proof)L = Link (Explains how support proves main idea)Con = Concluding sentence (summarizes main idea and evidence)
6 Writing Main Ideas What is a main idea? First sentence of paragraph (topic sentence)Answer the question or respond to the prompt.Prompt: Should high school students have to write MEL-Con paragraphs?Main Idea:High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs.….ORHigh school students should not have to write MEL-Con paragraphs.
7 Writing Transitions and Evidence Each piece of evidence should begin with a transitionSomething that connects one piece of information to anotherIntroduces new informationNOTE: The transitions “First, Second, Third”, are WAAAAAYYYY overused. Be more creative, PLEASE!
8 Evidence Evidence: Something to support main idea Evidence (Support/Examples/Proof/Direct Quote)Mini – 1 – 2 pieces of evidenceMonstrous – 3 pieces (unless otherwise specified)
9 High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs. To begin, writing MEL-Con paragraphs helps students organize and focus their ideas.
10 Writing Links You must have a link for each piece of evidence Links must fully explain how evidence proves the main ideaOne link Can be anywhere from a few words (mini) to a full sentence (monstrous).They should explain how the evidence supports or proves the main idea.How many links will you have in one paragraph if you must have 3 pieces of evidence?
11 The Missing Link (and I’m not talking about Big Foot!) The link is what often separates great writing from mediocre writing.Challenging to write, but ABSOLTELY needed for well structured paragraphs.
12 High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs. To begin, writing MEL-Con paragraphs helps students organize and focus their ideas, which is an important component of all writing.
13 Writing Concluding Sentences The final part of your perfect body paragraphShould restate the main idea in a different way and include a summary of the evidence.One sentence longBecause writing MEL-Con paragraphs helps students maintain focus,…it is necessary for all students to use this writing format.
14 How many sentences should be in the two types of MEL-Con Paragraphs?
15 MiniShould have anywhere from 4 – 5 sentencesMonstrousShould have anywhere from 6 – 8 sentences
16 “Turning 16” Revisions Your task: Revise your “Turning 16” paragraphs into 1 – 2 Mini MEL-Con paragraphs.Requirements:Label ANY MEL-Con parts in existing paragraph(s). Use key on the whiteboard.Outline your revised paragraphs.Rewrite (or type) your paragraphs.Label all MEL-Con parts in your revised paragraph(s)Must turn in ALL parts on Thursday for FULL Credit.