I don't know about you, but I'm excited to move on to our next unit. I am proud of the revisions you did on your Unit 3 Post-Assessment! I know revising writing is the most appealing part of the writing process to you, however, any great writer, or anyone who wants to communicate clearly, knows that it is essential! Author of Between Shades of Grey, Ruta Septys, tweeted a picture of her latest book she wrote as it was being sent to an editor. I loved it because it shows how even professional writers have their work slaughtered by the infamous red pen. For you political buffs out there, you might be interested in seeing this picture of President Obama's speech given in 2010 as he edited it before delivery. I know, as an eighth grader, you think writing will never be a part of your life outside of school, but I guarantee, if you want to apply for a job, own a business, or be an employee, writing WILL be a part of it!
Today, I'd like you to respond to a few questions. As you do so, use the COMMENTS section of this blog to post your thoughts. In addition, you need to RESPOND to another classmate's comments. Read the comments left and respond to them. Remember, you must write clearly and concisely while paying attention to CUPS!
As we begin our next unit, I'd love to hear your thoughts on a few things:
1. Take a look at this link from the New York Times Learning Blog. Look through the family pictures and answer some of these questions. What messages do these images convey about family? What kinds of families do you see? How do these photographs challenge your ideas about family?
2. In the text underneath the pictures, Dunlap talks about an “indissoluble thread that creates families.” Look at the photos he showcases here. Can you describe what this thread looks like in them? Choose two photos, describe them, and discuss how they portray that "indissoluble thread" you see.
3. According to these photographs, what makes a family? To you, what makes a family?
4. Can you recall and describe any family photographs or classic moments that capture or define your family for you?