Monday, September 26, 2016

Math - " Mini-Office" Resource

Remember way back when I first started talking and writing about "mini-offices?"  I found this site that might be of some help for those who are looking for items to print out or for hand-outs for studying different areas in Math.

Its from the Math Review Learning Center over at the Glencoe site. Here is the link.  Click on the topic and it will bring you to a pdf page that you can print and cut/paste onto your mini-office your creating or for a handout for a math binder.

The examples are well written and they can be of great help for specific basic skills while practicing your math topics.

Quick Tip/Share: Writing Resource- Handouts

I was in the process of creating a write-up this morning on the topic of writing transitions and I found this GREAT site to share with all of you.

I started reading through some of these hand-outs and I found them to be very helpful so I wanted to share right away! It took much of my work away and it could for you as well.

The link is The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill be sure to check it out! You won't be sorry you did~

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MLA Handbook- 8th Edition Now Available

You may or may not be aware of the new MLA Handbook edition that replaces the older edition. It
is now available for order and there we are starting to see some sites update their information on the new 8th edition handbook.

You can find a quick reference here over at Easy Bib.

Purdue OWL has updated their site as well to have the new 8th edition as well.

You can order the new handbook here at the MLA website.

I had been planning on creating a quick reference guide but might hold off and have my learner just use these above sites for now and see if that is sufficient. I believe it will be and hope its helpful to you as well.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Quick Tip/Share: Writing Resource

 I was researching information on what I want to add to my Writing/Composition Binder ( post to follow later)  and found this great PDF that I really think is excellent.

 If you click on this link it will bring you directly to the place where you can find the PDF in its entirety.

I back-tracked my search so I could provide you with the original link/ origin of this PDF so as to be able to provide full disclosure for this information. It is a school district and I found this information really helpful and wanted to share it with my readers. The Rubric below the highlighted link is also very good as well.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Essay Writing ~ A Paragraph Organizer

We are working with IEW's Elegant Essay Course over this past month before we move onto their Level C Continuation Course and I decided to create a graphic organizer for their Paragraph Organizing Formula they use called "SEE",

SEE is an acronym that stands for Statement, Explanation, or Example. This is a very basic formula when just beginning to really organize paragraph writing in a way that is easier for writing quick essays.

The writing organization gets more involved but this is just for starters and I thought I would share this organizer with my readers in case you find it helpful as well.

You will notice right away that it is only for a paragraph ( 1 paragraph). This is not an organizer for a whole essay which would later include the introduction and conclusion paragraph. Those will be added at a later date.

You can find the Body Paragraph Organizer by clicking here on this link. 

I recently created an outline for the Elegant Essay Course so if your using it you might find this outline helpful to you and your learner. Just Click on the links below.
Student EE Outline
TE EE outline

Here is also a handout for work on Thesis Statements and Examples for paragraphs.
My teen is going to take this handout and cut it in half and add it to his writing folder ( tape it to the inside as a reminder when he is writing).

Update~ we spent a few mornings working through this organizer and it worked very well. I did have to alter it as I created an extra explanation/example box by accident and realized that while we were working the organizer but changed it in the link. My teen liked it although it takes some getting used to because he thought he was writing SO MUCH MORE than just a basic paragraph and explained he is now understanding all the components that go into or need to go into just a single paragraph!

Until next time!

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