Dare Essay Pledge Statement Template

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1 Writing Your D.A.R.E. Essay

2 Let’s take a look at the rubric we will be using.
Requirements5 Paragraph Essay ( Introduction Paragraph, 3 Body Paragraphs, & a Concluding Paragraph)At least 6 sentences per paragraphOutlineRough DraftFinal Draft (Typed if time permits.) Final copy will be in cursive.Let’s take a look at the rubric we will be using.

3 Dare Essay Rubric-Whole essayDoes it have five paragraphs? _______________Is each paragraph indented on the first line? ____________Did you reread for mistakes at least twice? __________Did you have two friends read it to check for mistakes? ____________Introduction ParagraphDoes it include a thesis statement (main idea)? _____________Does it have at least six sentences? _______________Does it have a funny story, rhetorical question or interesting fact that will “hook” your reader? ____________________Does it have a sentence that transitions smoothly into the next paragraph? ______________________Detail ParagraphDoes it have a topic sentence? ____________Does it have at least six sentences? ___________Does it stick to the main topic? ____________Does it stick to the main topic? _____________Does it stick to the main topic? ______________Conclusion ParagraphDoes it have a topic sentences? ____________Does it remind the reader of your main points? ___________Do you have a strong closing sentence that inspires readers? ___________Do you have at least six sentences? ____________

4 CapitalizationIs the first word of every sentence started with a capital letter? ____________Is the pronoun “I” capitalized? ____________Are any titles that come before a person’s last name capitalized? _____________ (Examples: President Obama, Dr. Smith)Are the important words in any titles of books, movies, magazines, etc. capitalized? ______________Is the first word in a direct quote capitalized? ______________________Are all proper nouns (names) capitalized? ________________PunctuationIs there a period at the end of every statement? ____________Is there a period at the end of all abbreviations? ____________Is there a question mark at the end of every question? _________Is there an exclamation point at the end of each sentence that shows strong feeling? ___________Are commas used between the words in a series of three or more? _________Is a comma used between the day and the year in a date? _________Is a comma used between the city and the state? __________Is an apostrophe used in possessives? (example: dog’s collar) _________Is an apostrophe used in all contractions? ___________

5 First, let’s pick 3 things you learned from the D. A. R. E
First, let’s pick 3 things you learned from the D.A.R.E. program that you would like to write about.Affects/Effects Alcohol UseAffects/Effects Drug UsePeer Pressure & Media pressureMarijuanaMethamphetaminesCrack/CocaineInhalantsTypes of DrugsEight ways to say NOAvoid violenceBullyingCigarette/Tobacco usePick 3 that you want to write about.

6 Let’s start with your first paragraph.
Introduction paragraphCreate an emotional (sad, funny, serious) story, question, or interesting or bold fact that HOOKS your reader.Explain you PURPOSE or background information for writing your essay.Create a THESIS STATEMENT that tells about your three points you will write about.Must have 6 sentences total.Transition smoothly to your next paragraph.

7 Read my example.Did you know that every four minutes a child is arrested for drug use? Did you know that by the end of eight grade, 52% of students have tasted alcohol, 41% have smoked cigarettes at least once, and 20% have tried marijuana? These startling statistics were shared by the U.S. Department Of Health and Human Services. That is why the D.A.R.E program is so important for the youth of today. D.A.R.E stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Through the D.A.R.E program students are being taught to make good decisions, avoid violence, and most importantly, be drug free. Therefore, it is so important to stop young people before they start using drugs or using violence to solve their problems.

8 Discuss the Introduction Paragraph
Can you find the HOOK?What is my THESIS STATEMENT and what are the three points I will be discussing in my paper?Did my paragraph include a PURPOSE or BACKGROUND INFORMATION?Did I TRANSITION smoothly to the next paragraph?

9 Now let’s get started on our 3 detail paragraphs.
First, find your first point you chose to write about in your paper. Remember my 3 points were:Making good choicesAvoiding violenceBeing drug freeGet your plan/outline.Take a few minutes to list a few ideas about your first point that you will write about. This will guide the content of the paragraph. Think before you start writing your next paragraph. See my example:

10 Making Good Choices Saying No Picking Good Friends Peer Pressure
D.A.R.E decision making model: Define, Assess, Respond, EvaluateI have briefly outlined/planned what I want to write about in my next paragraph. Now I will use this list to help me start my sentences.

11 Remember our rubric about the requirements for the detail paragraphs
I will now start writing my 2nd paragraph about this main idea.Remember our rubric about the requirements for the detail paragraphsDetail ParagraphDoes it have a topic sentence? ____________Does it have at least six sentences? ___________Does it stick to the main topic? ____________Does it have a sentence that transitions smoothly into the next paragraph? ______________________See my 2nd paragraph on the next slide.

12 Read my example of a detail paragraph.
The choices we make determine our future. The D.A.R.E. program teaches young people how to say “No” when they are offered drugs. Sometimes it’s best just to say “No thank you!” and walk away. Furthermore, a true friend cares about your health and would never resort to peer pressure. We must chose our friend wisely. The D.A.R.E. program discusses the qualities to look for when choosing a good friend, such as, honesty, compassion, the ability to compromise, loyalty, and trust. During the program students learn about the D.A.R.E. approach to making good decisions and problem-solving. This decision making model is Define, Asses, Respond, and Evaluate which can be used in many situations. Remember, our destiny is based on the choices we make.

13 Let’s Discuss & Flip Back to the Previous Slide to Answer the Questions
Did you see the paragraph’s topic sentence and closing sentences in red?Did I indent?Did I stick to the main idea, “making good choices”?Did I have at least 6 sentences to support my topic?Am I transitioning to my next paragraph smoothly?Now it’s your turn. Start writing your next three detail paragraphs. Each paragraph is about one of your 3 points. Before you start each paragraph outline or plan first. Remember what is required and leave my example up to help you.

14 Do not go to your last paragraph today (Concluding)
Do not go to your last paragraph today (Concluding). We will work on that paragraph another day. Edit and revise what you have written so far. Remember to use a dictionary to help with spelling. Turn in all work for safe keeping. If you lose it, you redo it!!!

15 Conclusion Must have a topic sentence
Use a transition word to smoothly change into your last paragraphRestate your three points from your thesis statement in a new wayLeave the reader with something to think about. Impact their way of thinking.Make a pledge.Must have six sentences.

16 Read my example.In summary, the D.A.R.E. program reveals the dangers many young people are exposed to every day. By staying drug free, avoiding violence, and making good decisions young people are more likely to become successful, caring, and above all, healthy individuals. There are other choices besides drugs and alcohol, make a positive choice. Don’t become one of the sad statistics, follow the D.A.R.E. rules. I pledge to live my life drug free, never to hurt others by using peer pressure, and never to abuse alcohol. I promise to be a positive role model for others and to encourage my friends to stay away from drugs, tobacco, and violence.

17 Let’s Discuss Did I use a transition word? What was it?
How did I restate my three points from my thesis statement?Did I leave the reader with something to think about? What was it?What did I state in my pledge?Do I have six complete sentences?Indent?

Seabrook Middle School fifth-graders celebrated the completion of the school’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at a graduation event. Each student was required to write an essay that included a personal commitment to avoid drugs, tobacco, alcohol and violence. Photo by Kiki Evans/Seacoastonline.

SEABROOK — Seabrook Middle School’s fifth-graders shared their promise to remain drug free, violence free, and healthy at the school’s 28th annual D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony last week.

The graduation was the culmination of a ten-week program led by Seabrook School Resource Officer James Deshaies.

“I look forward to teaching the program every year,” Deshaies said.

Deshaies has led Seabrook’s D.A.R.E. program for the past 25 years of his 28 years in law enforcement. He said he enjoys going into the fifth-grade classes each Friday and getting to know the students. “It’s always a little sad when it comes to an end each year,” he said.

The goal of D.A.R.E., or “Drug Abuse Resistance Education,” is to teach students about self esteem, peer pressure, and how to remain free of drugs and violence. The nationwide substance abuse prevention education program began in 1983 in Los Angeles. Seabrook School District adopted the program in 1988.

“I think everything that we can do to influence kids in a positive direction, we need to do,” said Principal Les Shepard.

Deshaies led the event by sharing information about the program and introducing the fifth-grade teaching team, Shepard and Assistant Principal Cynthia Fagan.

Shepard thanked the parents and families for coming to the ceremony and showing their support. “Your presence here tonight sends your children a powerful message about how much you care,” Shepard said.

Deshaies told the audience that after they have learned about alcohol, tobacco, and bullying, each fifth-grade student in the D.A.R.E. program is required to write an essay, called a “Personal Commitment,” that is judged by a panel of experts. The essays include facts the students learned in the program, information about the D.A.R.E. Decision-Making Model, and their commitment to remain free of tobacco, alcohol, drugs and violence.

Deshaies commended the students’ essays and said the panel needed nine days to choose eight out of 71 student essays that would be read aloud at the graduation event.

“They took a look at the first essay and thought, ‘Well this is definitely going to be one of the finalists,’ and then looked at the next essay and were impressed with that one, too, so it was a very difficult decision,” Deshaies said. He introduced the students as they stood to read their personal commitments to the audience.

Julianna Falzarano said the program taught her about good and bad risks and assessing consequences. “I had to take a risk to try out for a soccer team, and guess what, I made it,” she said. “That was a positive consequence.”

Alana Nielsen explained the D.A.R.E. Decision-Making Model is about evaluating choices. “The best way to stay away from drugs and alcohol in my opinion might be to have a large group of friends that outnumber a dealer,” she added.

Slade Rice said he believes that people who are bullied may be too afraid to report incidents of bullying. He said victims should be able to report bullying anonymously. “I’m glad I had D.A.R.E.,” he said. “It taught me a lot.”

“I’m excited to hear from the students about their personal commitments, and I really like that they got to develop a relationship with officer Dehshaies,” said Fagan.

Parents shared Fagan’s accolades for the D.A.R.E. program. “I think it’s very helpful with keeping them on the right path and giving them the tools to make their own decisions and not just follow the crowd,” said parent Dyan Kaplan.

Deshaies concluded by telling the audience that the students will face choices over the next few years. “It’s where their support system comes into play,” he said. “I look around this audience and see the people that are the support system for these kids.”

Deshaies said he will continue working with the students throughout their middle school years. “You’re going to make the right choices,” he told them. “I’m proud of you.”

From seacoastonline.com

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