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1 Jane Schaffer Writing Method
Guess what? You can’t write! I mean, not yet.

2 Flash of four: How familiar are you with the Jane Schaffer Writing Format?
Very familiar Familiar I’ve heard of it I’ve never heard of it

3 The secret formula for all body paragraphs:
TOPIC SENTENCE (TS) CONCRETE DETAIL (CD #1) COMMENTARY (CM #1) COMMENTARY (CM #2) CONCRETE DETAIL (CD #2) CONCLUDING SENTENCE (CS) CHUNK CHUNK

4 Topic Sentence (TS) Most of the time, it’s the first sentence of each body paragraph Explains to the reader what that individual paragraph will be about Provides the main idea Every sentence in this paragraph supports this sentence directly. Example TS for Body Paragraph #1: If students started school later, they would have more time to get a good night’s sleep which may increase student engagement and comprehension.

5 Concrete Details (CD) Specific details that form the backbone or core of your body paragraphs. Concrete details can include facts, specifics, examples, descriptions, illustrations, support, proof, evidence, quotations, paraphrasing, or plot references. Example CD #1 for Body Paragraph #1: For example, if students were able to get more rest, they would be more awake in class and apt to engage in lessons without feeling drowsy.

6 Commentary #1 (CM #1) The commentary sentences are your opinion or comment about this concrete detail. They include your opinion, insight, analysis, interpretations, inference, personal response, feelings, evaluations, explication, and reflection. This is when you explain the quote/statistic/paraphrase that you included in the concrete detail. Example CM #1 for CD #1: This means that students would be more awake and able to pay attention to lessons, improving the quality of their engagement.

7 Commentary #2 (CM #2) Further explains the concrete detail and sets the reader up to read the next concrete detail. Must start with a transition word/phrase! Example CM #2 for CD #1: Furthermore, when students’ levels of engagement increase, they are more likely to understand the material that is being taught.

8 Your turn! In pairs, write the CD #2 and corresponding CMs to Body Paragraph #1 using these sentence frames. Additionally, this increased engagement may lead to increased student ____________. This means that ______________________. Also, this increased comprehension can result in ________________________.

9 Concluding Sentence (CS)
The last sentence of your body paragraph sums up your ideas, reflects on what you said in your essay, says more commentary about your subject, or gives a personal statement about the subject. Does not include concrete details or repeat key words from your paper or thesis and introductory paragraph. It gives a finished feeling to your whole paragraph. Example CS for Body Paragraph #1: To conclude, a later start time will likely result in more sleep for students, thus increasing their engagement and comprehension in the classroom, as well as more time spent in the classroom.

10 If students started school later, they would have more time to get a good night’s sleep which may increase student engagement and comprehension. For example, if students were able to get more rest, they would be more awake in class and apt to engage in lessons without feeling drowsy. This means that students would be more awake and able to pay attention to lessons, improving the quality of their engagement. Furthermore, when students’ levels of engagement increase, they are more likely to understand the material that is being taught. Additionally, this increased engagement may lead to increased student comprehension. This means that students will be able to interact and engage more with the text that the teacher is lecturing on. Also, this increased comprehension can result in increased student performance. To conclude, a later start time will likely result in more sleep for students, thus increasing their engagement and comprehension in the classroom, as well as more time spent in the classroom.

11 Thank you for participating in Jane Schaffer training!
Yes, this is very formulaic but if you cannot do this, you are not allowed to eventually mix it up in your own way. And your children will grow horns.


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