Directions: Brainstorm with your group a list of everything we have discussed about paragraphs these last three days. The group with the most complete list will get 3 minutes of free time at the end of the period



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Directions: Brainstorm with your group a list of everything we have discussed about paragraphs these last three days. The group with the most complete list will get 3 minutes of free time at the end of the period.

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Directions: Listen as Mr. Abate reads the passage twice. During the first reading, look at how the paragraphs are structured. On the second reading, think about what you might write if you were writing a story that started with “You don’t know me.”
You don’t know me.

Just for example, you think I’m upstairs in my room, doing my homework. Wrong. I’m not in my room. I’m not doing my homework. And even if I were up in my room, I wouldn’t be doing my homework, so you’d still be wrong. And it’s really not my room. It’s your room because it’s in your house. I just happen to live there right now. And it’s really not my homework because my math teacher, Mrs. Moonface, assigned it and she’s going to check it, so it’s her homework.

Her name’s not Mrs. Moonface, by the way. It’s really Mrs. Garlic Breath. No it’s not. It’s really Mrs. Gabriel, but I just call her Mrs. Garlic Breath, except for the times when I call her Mrs. Moonface.

Confused? Deal with it.

You don’t know me at all. You don’t know the first thing about me. You don’t know where I am writing this from. You don’t know what I look like. You don’t have power over me.

What do you think I look like? Skinny? Freckles? Wire-rimmed glasses over brown eyes? No, I don’t think so. Better look again. Deeper. It’s like a kaleidoscope, isn’t it? One minute, I’m geeky, one minute, studly, my shape constantly changes, and the only thinking that stays constant is my brown eyes. Watching you.

-Davis Klass, Your Don’t Know Me (2002)

Your turn:



Directions: Use the example above to mimic good paragraph writing. Key ideas:

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