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It is essential that participants learn the basics of writing in different styles to accomplish a goal depending upon the audiences.
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Word Bank for Short Stories
Students may want to keep a written log or a writing folder for this section of the course. You may add words to this list to assist you in your writing or words that you have used in your short stories.
acceptance character anonymous caricature
sympathetic conspicuous identify forebode
esteem perception reverie uneasiness
wholehearted metallic inkling mirage
A story is a work of fiction. Fiction is writing that comes from an author's own thoughts, concepts, and imagination. It is something made up - even if part of the story is based on real, factual, or true events.
The length of the Fiction determines how the story is classified. It is either as a short story or a novel.
What is a short story and a novel?
A short story usually revolves around a single idea and is short enough to read in one sitting. A novel is much longer and more complex. Fiction writing contains four main elements: character, setting, plot and theme. Please refer to class video for futher details on this subject inshaAllah.
advancement consequently extensive outlook
revelation miscellaneous phenomenal consultation
unaccustomed conventional comparable structure
thereby implication attachment predominate
to begin with obviously therefore moreover nevertheless
English: Traditional grammar
As a student we learn to classify words based on eight parts of speech: the verb, the noun, the pronoun, the adjective, the adverb, the preposition, the conjunction, and the interjection. Each part of speech explains not what the word is, but how the word is used. In fact, the same word can be a noun in one sentence and a verb or adjective in the next.
First, students must learn about The Sentence. There are four kinds of sentences. Each sentence has two parts. We discuss complete subjects, complete predicates, simple subjects, simple predicates, subjects that are used in an imperative or interrogative sentence, compound subjects, compound predicates, simple and compound sentences, conjunctions, complex sentence structures, correcting fragments and run-ons.
Pre-Semester Writing Assignment:
Your local masjid is organizing a special program for the youth called Among Companions. Write a letter offering suggestions or ideas that will help make the program successful. Include a dialogue, of a typical conversation between two friends your own age. (Make sure to use all 4 kinds of sentences in your writing and underline the simple subject from each sentence.)
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Nouns: Singular, Plural, Possessive, Concrete and Abstract
A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea.
A singular noun names one person, place, thing, or idea. A plural noun names more than one.
The possessive form of a noun shows possession, ownership, or the relationship between two nouns.
A concrete noun names an object that occupies space or that can be recognized by any of the senses.
An abstract noun names an idea, quality, feeling, or characteristic.
To find examples of commonly used abstract nouns go here:
Nouns: Proper, Common, and Collective
A proper noun names a specific person, place, or thing. We capitalize proper nouns.
A common noun refers to people, places, or things in general.
A collective noun names a group. A collective noun is singular if it refers to the group as a whole, and plural if it refers to individual members of a group.
Pronouns: Personal, Possessive, Reflexive, and Intensive
A pronoun takes the place of a noun, a group of words acting as a noun, or another pronoun. We call the word or group of words that a pronoun refers to its antecedent.
A personal pronoun refers to a specific person or thing by indicating the person speaking (the first person), the person being addressed (the second person), or any other person or thing being discusses (the third person).
(singular) I, me, you, he, him, she, her, it (plural) we, us, you, they, them
A possessive pronoun shows possession or control. It takes the place of a possessive noun.
(singular) my, mine, your, yours, his, her, hers, its (plural) our, ours,your, yours, their, theirs
A reflexive pronoun refers to a noun or another pronoun and indicates that the same person or thing is involved.
An intensive pronoun adds emphasis to a noun or another pronoun.
Reflexive and intensive pronouns look alike. Their usage reveals the difference. They are personal pronouns that end in self or selves:
myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves
Pronouns: Interrogative, Relative, Demonstrative, and Indefinite
Use an interrogative pronoun to form questions. Interrogative pronouns are who, whom, whose, what, and which. Other interrogative pronouns are whoever, whomever, whatever, and whichever.
Use a relative pronoun to begin a subject-verb word group called a subordinate clause.
who, whoever, whom, whomever, what, whatever, which, whichever, that, whose
A demonstrative pronoun points out specific persons, places, things, or ideas.
this, that, these, those
An indefinite pronoun refers to persons, places, or things in a more general way than does a noun or a personal pronoun. Example: Each of the winners chose his or her own prize.
all, another, any, anybody, anyone, anything
both, each, either, enough, everybody, everyone
everything, few, many, most, much, neither
nobody, none, nothing, one, other, others
plenty, several, some, somebody, someone, something
A verb expresses action or a state of being and is necessary to make a statement.
An action verb tells what someone or something does. Action verbs can express either physical or mental action.
An action verb that is followed by a word that answers the question what? or whom? is called a transitive verb.
An action verb that is not followed by a word that answers the question what? or whom? is called an intransitive verb.
Some verbs can be either transitive or intransitive, depending on their use.
A linking verb links, or joins, the subject of a sentence with a word that identifies or describes the subject. The most common linking verbs are forms of be. Some examples are:
am, is, was, were, will be, has been, and was being
Other verbs that can be linking verbs
appear, become, feel, grow, look, remain, seem, sound, smell, and taste
The verb in a sentence may consist of more than one word. We call the words that accompany the main verb auxillary, or helping verbs.
A verb phrase consists of a main verb and all its auxillary verbs. Example: I am apologizing because I have arrived so late. Do you still have time?
Forms of be: am, is, are, was, were, being, been
Forms of have: has, have, had, having
Others helping verbs: can, could, do, does, did, may, might, must, shall, should, will, would
Example: I could have arrived on time if I had planned my day better.
acceptance ancestors experiences dreamt
visualize consideration obstacle eyewitness
encouragement industrious memorable present-day
remembrance diligent challenge advantage
In the beginning in late years in spite of this all this time later on
An adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun by limiting its meaning. Adjectives include the articles a, an, and the. A and an are indefinite articles; the is a definite article. Because they modify nouns, possessive nouns and some possessive pronouns are considered adjectives as well.
Example: The raging river roars through this narrow gorge.
A proper adjective is formed from a proper noun and begins with a capital letter. Proper adjectives are often created by using the following suffixes:
--an, --ian, --n, --ese, and --ish examples: American, Chinese, English
Many adjectives have different forms to indicate their degree of comparison.
Positive Comparitive Superlative
big bigger biggest
little less least
An adverb modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb by making its meaning more specific. Adverbs answer the question how? when? where? and to what degree?
When modifying a verb, an adverb may appear in various positions in a sentence. If modifying an adjective or another adverb, an adverb appears directly before the modified word.
Example: Tammy said she really wanted to meet the very famous actor backstage yesterday.
The negatives no and not and the contraction --n't are adverbs. Other negative words, such as nowhere, hardly, and never, can function as adverbs of time, place, and degree.
A preposition shows the relationship of a noun or a pronoun to some other word in the sentence.
A compound preposition is a preposition that is made up of more than one word.
Common Compound Prepositions:
Phrases that begin with a preposition usually end with a noun or a pronoun called the object of the preposition.
Conjunctions: Coordinating, Correlative, and Subordinating
A conjunction joins single words or groups of words. A coordinating conjunction joins words or groups of words that have equal grammatical importance. Coordinating conjunctions include and, but, or, nor, for, so and yet.
Correlative conjunctions work in pairs to join words and groups of words of equal importance. Correlative conjunctions include both...and, just as..so, not only...but also, either ...or, neither...nor, and whether...or.
A subordinating conjunction joins a dependent idea or clause to a main clause.
Common Subordinating Conjunctions
Conjunction Adverbs and Interjections
A conjunction adverb is used to clarify the relationship between two clauses of equal weight in a sentence.
"I left the keys in the house; consequently, I was locked out.
An interjection is a word or phrase that expresses emotion or exclamation. An interjection has no grammatical connection to other words. Commas follow mild interjections; exclamation points follow stronger ones. Common interjections include oh; oh, my; good grief; my heavens; darn; gee whiz; and well.
Appearance Textures Sounds Smells
animated threadbare monotonous choking
dilapidated shorn burble exhilarating
iridescent silken gibberish exquisite
translucent tingly gabbling overpowering
Spatial Order Words and Phrases
above below this underneath still lower at the bottom from one side to the other
There are three types of writing: Narrative, Informative, and Pursuasive.
Our Goals for Writing:
Each writer should:
Each student work week contains 4 days inshaAllah Monday - Thursday. Students are expected to have FOUR journal writings per week for notebook checkpoints every three weeks. Meaning 4 a week = 12 at notebook checkpoint = 24 total writings per six weeks of school.
One method for coming up with a more specific focus is called brainstorming (making a list) or free writing (writing without stopping for a few minutes). Brainstorming is a useful way to let ideas you didn't know you had come to the surface.
Sit down with a pencil and paper, or at your computer, and write whatever comes into your head about your topic. Make a list.
For free writing, keep writing for a short but specific amount of time, say 3 - 15 minutes. Don't stop to change what you've written or to correct spelling or grammar errors.
Clustering is an activity that generates ideas, images and feelings around a stimulus word. As students cluster, their thoughts tumble out, enlarging their word bank for writing and often enabling them to see patterns in their ideas. Clustering may be a class or an individual activity.
perspective abolish coordinate inquiry
expressive motivate penalty notorious
wholehearted wrongdoing override loyalist
contemplate authorized negotiate cooperation
Transition Words and Phrases
thereupon as I understood it as a matter of fact
in my opinion it could be said in the final analysis
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The Writer's Narrative Notebook weekly
A writer's narrative notebook, consist of a notebook that you write many things in. One of the things you write in the book is colorful words and use of language that you hear or read somewhere such as a book. You also write story titles that you think would make a good story line. You may think of a good story title or poem to write down in your writer's narrative notebook when your doing something that has nothing to do with writing. You may write a story using a title that you wrote down in your writer's narrative sometime ago.
If you are going to keep a writer's narrative notebook you might want to join this class. This will give you an idea of how to keep a writer's narrative notebook. The instructor gives you a place to think like a writer , not just in school but wherever you are , wherever you get the inspiration. If you dream of becoming a writer someday , or if you just enjoy writing down interesting things that you see , hear , or think about , a writers narrative notebook is for you.
It's a place to record dreams , feelings , thoughts , and all your observations about the world around you. Some of these entries might be the basis of a story, poem , or personal essay. This class will show you exactly how to keep your writer's narrative notebook , an essential tool for a writer to have.
Want to learn more about the Writer's Narrative Notebooks?
Examples of Children's Writing Please remember to use your own writing based upon facts, we do not tell tales, lies, "small truth" etc... (Personal Narrative) story telling based upon falsehood is called lying be very aware of this inshaAllah and read the following Lesson 1 - The Kadhdhab (Liar)
Examples of Children's Writing
Please remember to use your own writing based upon facts, we do not tell tales, lies, "small truth" etc... (Personal Narrative) story telling based upon falsehood is called lying be very aware of this inshaAllah and read the following Lesson 1 - The Kadhdhab (Liar)
Freewriting suggest that you write whatever comes to mind for a limited time period. Alhamdulillah, we shall put this to the test here in class inshaAllah. Using Islamic sources of information from Qur'aan, Hadith, Seerah, History and Biography accounts. You will be provided a prompt. Write complete sentences if you can, but generally you can write whatever comes to mind and Allah knows best. Don't think to hard just write. "Free flow" or "Freewriting" is just that nice flowing thoughts. we will discuss more later.
You will find the writing prompt used for this weeks class here in this section. Please write it in your notebook. Write your reflection (summary of your thoughts) about what is being said. Jazakillahu Khayrun. (3 to 5minute exercise) make sure you date it for later usage inshaAllah. Read more about brainstorming techniques below.
Writing Prompt #1 :
Allah says: "Those to whom We have given the Book recite it as it truly should be recited, they are the ones who (truly) believe in it. And whoever disbelieves in it, then they are the losers."[2: 121]
Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radiallaahu anhu) said: "They are the ones who when they pass by a verse mentioning mercy, they ask for it from Allaah and when they pass by a verse mentioning punishment, they seek refuge from it."
Tafsir Ibn Katheer Vol. 1
The Writing Process - An Introduction
1. Prewriting: Finding Ideas for Writing
2. Prewriting: Brainstorming and Clustering
3.Prewriting: Asking Questions
6. The Writing Process Lesson 1.6 Evaluating and Revising.pdf
7. Proofreading and Publishing
Easy Steps to Writing a Paragraph
*Additional help sheet for Peer Editing
evidence document research theory
investigate miscellaneous source scholarship
excluding impartial subsequent outmoded
option selection conclusion characteristic
Transition Words and Phrases
contrasted with based on cited above nevertheless
according to in conclusion
We shall study the - 6 Writing Traits of Writing; then the Writing Process; and finally - How to revise a paper.
Does your child or children write sentences that only you understand?
Are they using descriptive language when trying to explain?
How are their spelling abilities or dictionary usage skills?
Lets take a look at the following words for example
That's terrific! Thats terifick!
Which one of these words would your child have chosen to be correct?
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