This Monday we learned about gerunds. They sound daunting but they really are just words that end in -ing.
We also talked about the importance of engaging hooks and thesis statements. To illustrate the effectiveness of a hook, we saw a clip from the movie “Independence Day” with a massive explosion. “Did you wonder what happened next?” I asked the students. Of course, they all said yes in unison. Next, to illustrate a thesis statement, we listened to the theme song from the 1990s show “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” where the first line is the Fresh Prince’s thesis. He was going tell the story of how he became “the prince of a town called Bel Air.”
HOMEWORK: Write a paragraph and identify the hook and thesis.
PowerPoint: 9-10-2012 Thesis Statements