**Friday English Week
Twenty-Eight**

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Weekly Paragraphs

Print each of these activities separately and give a copy to each student.

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*Week 28*

__Fractions and Hershey's Kisses__

Contributed by Ellen Anderson

In your math classes you have been
studying fractions. Often students say. "so when will I ever use this
stuff?" This week I'd like you to answer the question by
interviewing an adult. Do not wait until Thursday night to
interview, as he or she may be busy. Look at the second sheet for a
suggested time line. After the interview, please thank the person
you interviewed and give them Hershey's kiss. I gave you one.

On the lines below, write what the
adult you interviewed has to say about fractions. You may ask any
questions about fractions that interest you. If you are not
sure how to get started, you might want to ask the following questions to get
the person talking since you'll need the information for your support.

When do you use fractions in your
work? Explain

Do you use fractions at home?
How?

Why do you think I should understand
fractions?

Do you use all the mathematical
operations, adding, subtraction, multiplication, and division? Explain

Name the person you are
interviewing_____________________________________________________

Ask the person to sign
here:__________________________________________________________

Did you get a Hershey’s Kiss?______________________

______________________________________________________________

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Now you have the information you
need. The next step is to plan your paragraph.... do this below.
Don't

write sentences. Just ideas.

Topic sentence (idea and
feeling)________________________________________________________

Support one_____________________________________________________

Support two_____________________________________________________

Support three____________________________________________________

Support four_____________________________________________________

Clincher ending...(goes back to the topic and
restates)________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

Write your sloppy/first copy on white
lined paper. In this assignment I'm looking for sentences that fully
explain and give lots and lots and lots of details! This paragraph should NOT
read like a mathematical equation.

Suggested time line:

Sat/Sun: interview adult and write their answers, give a Hershey's kiss, and say
thank you.

Monday: complete planning paragraph outline

Tuesday: go back to the adult and ask questions about what you did not
understand from the interview

Wednesday: write first draft/sloppy copy

Thursday: reread sloppy copy and make changes. Read the evaluation
below. Go back to first draft and add details

Friday: hand in assignment

Evaluation:

95 paragraph explains the adult's use of fractions, full
paragraph includes many interesting details, few if any grammatical errors

85 paragraph somewhat explains the adult's use of fractions,
paragraph includes some interesting details, some, three,
grammatical errors

75 paragraph doesn't explain the adult's use of
fractions very well, paragraph includes few or no interesting details,
over three grammatical errors