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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

    This is my 14th year of teaching at Marion.  I’ve been teaching a total of 26 years.  As a mom, I was a PTA volunteer the first three years that Marion was open.  Mr. Powers and I have three children who all attended Marion, a wonderful son-in-law, two dogs and a grand dog! My daughter and her husband both live and work in Dallas.  I have a son who is a senior this year and is in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. (WHOOP!) I also have another son who is a freshman at Blinn Junior College. I’m an official “empty nester.”.  Our family has lived in Allen for 22 years, and we have loved every minute of it.

     This year, I will be teaching Reading, Writing and Social Studies teacher.  Mrs. Winters who is new to our school, will be the Math and Science teacher for our rotation. She used to teach at Boyd. You’ll love her as much as I already do!   
    Hope you're ready to have a great year!!!
    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.


    Plan 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. Seed 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!


    Lead 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 Moment 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 sentences 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!”


    Conclusions 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.