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    Welcome to Mrs. Powers' classroom website.
     Name: Kim Powers
     Grade/Subject: 4th Grade ELA/SStudies
     Phone: 214-495-6784 ext 125
              Welcome to Fourth Grade! I’m Mrs. Powers and I will be your ELAR and Social Studies teacher this year.  I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer and you are ready to enjoy this next year! 
                   Follow me on Twitter @PowersMarion4.   Thanks for visiting my website and I can't wait to meet you in person!
    Here are some websites you may view to see some of what we will learn this year!

    Writing Tips:


    Here are just a few of the “phrases” or “lingo” we'll use in writing class this year to discuss what good writers do.  Students should try to include these things in each piece of writing they create.


    Planà Have I created a web (with the events ordered) or three boxes (beginning, middle, and end) to plan the basic outline of my story?


    Watermelon vs. Seedà Is my story an entire watermelon (my trip to Disneyworld) or a seed (the first time I rode Space Mountain)?  We want a narrowed, focused “seed”story!


    Leadà Do I have a lead (snapshot creates a picture, dialogue starts with people talking, shocking makes the reader go “huh?”, jumping right in dives right into the story) that grabs my reader’s attention right away?  A lead might be anywhere from 2-4 sentences.


    Explode the Momentà Have I taken the most exciting part of my story and exploded that with lots of details and description?  Using your senses here makes us feel like we’re there with you.


    Ba-da-bing sentencesà These are “grown-up” sounding sentences that add detail to our writing.  Ask yourself these questions: Where are your feet?  What do you see?  What are you thinking?  Ex:  As I stood in front of the open refrigerator, I looked at the empty shelves and thought to myself, “Oh man!”


    Conclusionsà If possible, try to include these four parts in your conclusion—touchback (touch back on something you talked about at the beginning), go to the heart (include how you felt; make the reader feel something), look to the future (include a hope or wish about your story), and end with a zinger (tell us a lesson learned about your story).  Not all of these work for each story, but including 2-4 of them will wrap the story up nicely and give it a sense of completeness.