Paragraph Practice Homework Assignment: A Special Holiday Memory

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Paragraph Practice Homework Assignment
“A Special Holiday Memory”

Think about all of the holidays that you celebrate with your family and friends. No matter what holidays you celebrate throughout the year, you probably have many special memories of certain holidays. Choose ONE holiday you celebrate and ONE special memory from that holiday for this assignment. For this assignment, you will write at least TWO paragraphs.

In your first paragraph, describe the holiday about which you have chosen to write. What holiday is it? When is the holiday? Why does your family celebrate it? With whom do you usually celebrate it? Where is your celebration held? What is the purpose or meaning of the holiday?

In your second paragraph, write about ONE special memory you have from that holiday. What is the special memory you have? What happened? When did this happen? Has your holiday tradition changed because of what happened? What do you remember most from that holiday? Remember that the best stories tell about a small moment—one moment in time—and you make your readers feel like they were with you while it was happening and experiencing the event right along with you.

***OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: You may write more than two paragraphs! Be sure to brainstorm for each additional paragraph. Remember that it is important that each paragraph focuses on one main idea.

***OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: Make a collage of illustrations/digital photos that represents the holiday or the special memory you have from it. Writing Process for Paragraph Practice Assignment:

___ 1. Begin by brainstorming your ideas for your paragraph using the web or in your own way. Save your brainstorming to turn in.

___ 2. Write a first draft on the paper in this packet, on notebook paper, or by typing in Microsoft Word. If you type it, print it so you can turn in a copy of your first draft.

___ 3. Have an adult help you use the Paragraph Practice Grading Checkbric to revise and edit your first draft.

___ 4. Make the revising and editing changes to your first draft into a final typed draft in Microsoft Word. Use the Top 11 Typing Rules.

___ 5. Read your final copy to yourself while checking it with your first draft. Do this to make sure that you made ALL of your corrections.

___ 6. Save your paragraph using your user name and holidaymemory.doc then upload your paragraph to your Language Arts page on your Wiki.

___ 7. Staple your brainstorming and first draft behind the Paragraph Practice Grading Checkbric and turn it in to your teacher. Brainstorming (Prewriting) for your Paragraph

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Try to fill in all of the detail circles below. Add more bubbles if you need to. Do NOT write in complete sentences!

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New Years is one of my favorite holidays. The thing that I like about it the most is staying up to midnight and being with your friends. I think that my family and many others celebrate this holiday to pay off a year of hard work by partying. New Years is always on December 31st, but parties often last well into the next day. For my family every year the party is at a different place, A different place means different people, so we also meat some new people. That is new years for my family.

One of my special memories of this New Year was the ball drop in Times Square. I was so anxious for the New Year. I knew it was almost 2011 when the bands were playing; I saw Kesha, The Backstreet Boys, and Far East Movement. Then I looked at the ball it was three quarters down. Although the New Year was close we still had...
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