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Step Up To Writing (SUTW) is a school adopted writing process that enables students to write clear, concise essays. Instead of rambling and losing focus, a student will have a very readable essay if s/he follows the format.

There are many parts to this 40 point assignment.

PART 1 (10 points)
In class, students will be open a file for a SUTW Single Paragraph with six sentences. The basics of SUTW will be explained, and a PowerPoint file will be shown to the class to further understanding of the process. The students will need to copy the format to lined paper for this assignment. Students will be given the writing prompt:
What I Like About The HW Forum.

On the back of the lined piece of paper (with the SUTW format already hand written by student), each student will make a list of five things s/he likes about the Homework Forum. The list does not need to have complete sentences, or be a hierarchy. Once this is complete, stars will be put by the two most imporant things for the student.

The student will then write the paragraph with the following sentences:
• Introduction (green)
• Reason/detail/fact for the first starred item (yellow)
• Explanation for the previous sentence (red)
• Reason/detail/fact for the second starred item (yellow)
• Explanation for the previous sentence (red)
• Conclusion (green)


PART 2 (10 points)
Each student will type his or her own essay in Microsoft Word with the following format:
• Margins: One Inch
• Name/Period/Date: Align Right, Arial 14 points (NOTE: One line each)
• Title: Centered, Font-Arial Black 20 points
• Body: Justified, Font-Arial 14 points

Formatting is not simple, so please follow these directions to complete this part with speed and skill. Open the "MLMS Assignment" Folder on your desktop. Open the "Mr. Beasley" Folder. Open the "Step Up To Writing" Folder. Open the Word Document, "Step Up To Writing." Type the whole essay into this document. Click on "Save As" and navigate to your "My Documents" (you must use the scroll bar) and save into the Word\Computers Folder with the File Name "Step Up To Writing #1." Delete all the text except your added sentences. Then use the keyboard to select all of the document, CTRL-A. The whole essay is now selected, so click on the drop down font menu, and select Arial. With the whole essay still highlighted, click on the drop down size menu, and select 14 points. With the whole essay still selected, click on the justify button (this is by the align left, center, and align right buttons). Deselect the text. (If you accidently hit a key, click on the green back arrow or CTRL-Z.) Select your Name/Period/Date and click on the align right button. Select the title (i.e., the Writing Prompt) and click on center. While the title is still highlighted, click on the drop down font menu, and select Arial Black. While the title is still highlighted, click on the drop down size menu, and select 20 points. To change the margins, click on the Page Layout Tab and then the drop down menu under "Margin" and make sure the top, bottom, left, and right margins are one inch. The last step will be to spell check by clicking on the F7 button. Once the student thinks s/he is TOTALLY done, and everything is complete, the neighbor will sit in your seat and make sure that every sentence starts with a capital and ends with a period, that there are no incorrectly spelled words, that the grammar is correct, AND that the formatting is correct. I will check your work on your screen.

Here is an Example of what your document should look like.


PART 3 (10 points)
The title and body will be copied and pasted into a post by the student in the Homework Forum with the following format:
• Name/Period/Date: Align Right, Arial 14 points (NOTE: One line each, and the default color is black)
• Title: Centered, Font-Arial Black 20 points (NOTE: The default color is black)
• Body: Align Left, Font-Arial 14 points
• The color code will need to be used for green, yellow*, and red for the six sentences.

*NOTE: DO NOT use YELLOW, but ORANGE so the text is easier to read.

DO NOT re-type all the text; copy and paste the text from the Word document as it has already been edited.

Here is an example of what a student post should look like:


Mr. Beasley
Period ?
Date ?

What I Like About the Homework Forum

   This is the introductory sentence. This is the first reason/detail/fact sentence. This is the explanation sentence for the previous sentence. This is the second reason/detail/fact sentence. This is the explanation for the previous sentence. This is the concluding sentence.

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[right][size=14pt][font=arial] Mr. Beasley
Period ?
Date ?[/font][/size][/right]

[center][size=20pt][font=arial black]What I Like About the Homework Forum[/font][/size][/center]

[size=14pt][color=green]This is the introductory sentence[/color]. [color=orange]This is the first reason/detail/fact sentence[/color]. [color=red]This is the explanation sentence for the previous sentence[/color]. [color=orange]This is the second reason/detail/fact sentence[/color]. [color=red]This is the explanation for the previous sentence[/color]. [color=green]This is the concluding sentence[/color].[/size]


PART 4 (10 points)
A simple PowerPoint file will be created using the essay as a base with the following format:
• Slide 1: Name/Period/Date AND Title
• Slide 2: Introductory Sentence
• Slide 3: First reason/detail/fact sentence
• Slide 4: Explanation sentence for the previous sentence
• Slide 5: Second reason/detail/fact sentence
• Slide 6: Explanation sentence for the previous sentence
• Slide 7: Concluding Sentence

You have the freedom to use different fonts, sizes, and colors, but have some restraint. If your presentation is too busy and clutterred, it will be hard to read. Hint: Use contrasting colors (black and white, yellow and blue, etc), not similar colors (black and blue, yellow and white, etc). You will be inserting clipart or images, but use them sparingly. These should match thematically with the text. IMPORTANT: THE IMAGES SHOULD MATCH YOUR SLIDE, AND NOT BE PICTURES OF CARS, VIDEO GAMES, STARS, ETC.

Here is an Example of what your document should look like. NOTE: The sentences are colored only for reference; each student can use any color for the fonts as long as they are easily readable.

Your PowerPoint should have:
Images/clipart
Sound
Animated Text
Animated Slide Changes
Automatic Slide Changes
Background images/color

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