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Fall

Monarch
Together in class we will learn about monarch butterflies.  (Usually, we raise them from their egg stage, but this year there is some kind of bacteria in the U's research lab that is destroying the larvae.)  Instead, we are tracking the migration route and learning about monarchs through an online program called Journey North.  We will also read text and take noites together in class.  We will begin the research paper in school and edit the rough drafts here also.  You may write or type the final copies at home or school depending on how well you pace yourself.

The students will write a total of six essays:  an intro, four stages of butterfly life, and a conclusion that focuses on migration to Mexico.   Each part of the essay will have focus correction areas (FCAs) that help students zoom in on particular organization, style, mechanics, and content areas.  Everyone complete a rough draft of each section, followed by a peer-edit, and a teacher edit.  Each student will rewrite it for a final copy.  The final copies will become part of a fabulous booklet, so they need to be error free and neat.  We will pace ourselves, giving ample time for completing each subtopic.  Each student will need to work at home to finsh the final copies.  Parents please don't throw out rought drafts!

The project due date is in December before the winter break.  More detailed information will go home at the appropriate time.  Much of the writing will take place in school.  The final project will be a research paper, butterfly realia, a time line, and drawings.

Introduction
     The students will learn how to take notes after reading text and then form their own sentences and paragraphs.   The FCAs for the introduction are writing a captivating intro, complete sentences, and a transition sentence at the very end. 

First Stage
     During this research writing experience, we will learn different types of sentences such as compound, dependent/independent clauses, and complex sentences.  We will work on variety in sentence beginnings and length.  All students will be challenged to write clearly, succinctly and creatively while weaving facts into each essay.  The students will write a total of six essays:  an intro, four stages of butterfly life, and a conclusion that focuses on migration to Mexico.  We will pace ourselves, giving ample time for completing each subtopic.  Each student will need to work at home to finsh the final copies.  Parents please don't throw out rought drafts!