Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Welcome to Creative Writing!
Happy Thursday, April 23rd!

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The Fifty-Word Story
PART I (Twenty Minutes)
1.      Turn to your book pages 28 and 29.
2.     Carefully read the directions for Part I—the reading assignment.
3.     Go to our class google folder, and look at the MODEL I left for you of what Part I should look like when you’re finished.
4.     Website:  www.fiftywordstories.com
5.     Complete those as directed on page 28.
6.     Save your favorites in the class folder for that assignment.

Sharing
1.      Read three other people’s stories and reasons.
2.     Using the “comment” function, leave them a well-written
complete sentence or two about your thoughtful reaction
to the stories they chose.

PART II (Forty-Five Minutes)
1.      Now you’re ready for Part II—where you write your own fifty-word stories.
2.     Carefully read and follow the directions on page 28 for Part II.
3.     Read all the models on page 28—begin with the end in mind.
4.     Create a fifty-word story of your own.
5.     Use your Vocab Variety sheet and thesaurus.com for help.
6.     Use page 29 as your checklist as you’re writing each story, to make sure you get all the requirements in.
7.     At the end of the block, make sure page 29 is filled out completely, and make sure your name is on the top.
8.     Your three stories should be saved in our class folder


Diction Practice—Click on the link on my blog!  Make sure you’re in the class group!
1.      Play free rice at your BEST LEVEL (not starting over at Level 1) when you finish.
2.     15,000 grains are due by Friday, April 25th, 2014.
·      Go to “Change Level”, and change it to two levels below your best.
·      Do NOT start over from “1” every time.  You will lose hours of your life! 


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2014


Welcome to Creative Writing!
Happy Wednesday, April 22nd!

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ED Schedule
1st--8:10-9:15
2nd--9:20-10:20

Housekeeping
·      Get back some work you’ve completed.
·      What goes where?

Review Writing Lesson:  Think about a word’s CONNOTATION, as well as its DENOTATION.
1.      Positive versus Negative            = Oily and buttery
2.     Feminine versus Masculine        =  “attractive”
3.     Baggage                                       = “sexy” versus “beautiful”
4.     Baggage                                       = “overweight”
Denotation Definition= the literal or primary meaning of a word
Connotation Definition= an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning; the vibe or a word--overtone, undertone, undercurrent, implication, hidden meaning, nuance, hint, echo, association, suggestion, insinuation

Writing Lesson:  Connotation
·      Many words have baggage:  nuances, hints, undercurrents, implications, overtones….

Practice:  Complete Vocab Variety Sheet #2 (pages 14 and 15 )
·      Turn this page in by the monkey cup when you finish.  Make sure your name is on it!
·      Play free rice until I stop you, and then we’ll get ready for our mid-term reflection.

Mid-Term Turn-In
When you finish your mid-term reflection, go back to Maribel’s/Kristen’s table, and staple your packet like this:
·      Mid-Term Reflection (green)                       (on top)
·      Piece you want parent to read                    (middle)—or if it’s on computer, write that at the top of your mid-term reflection
·      Grade printout                                                          (on bottom)
2)  Now hand Maribel/Kristen your packet.
3)  Return your manila folder to the table.

4)  Play free rice until I stop you.


Diction Practice—Click on the link on my blog!  Make sure you’re in the class group!
1.      Play free rice at your BEST LEVEL (not starting over at Level 1) when you finish.
2.     15,000 grains are due by Friday, April 25th, 2014.

·      Go to “Change Level”, and change it to two levels below your best.
·      Do NOT start over from “1” every time.  You will lose hours of your life! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Welcome to Creative Writing!
Happy Tuesday, April 22nd!

When You Come In
1.         Sign in, please.

Housekeeping
·      Get back some work you’ve completed.
·      What goes where?

Free Write #4!  J
·      Name
·      4/22/14
·      FW #4
·      Start @  10:03; ending at 10:13

Writing Lesson:  Think about a word’s CONNOTATION, as well as its DENOTATION.
1.      Review:  Get out your Vocabulary Variety sheet, and look at the pairs that are synonyms, but that create different images in your mind.
a.     Dotted and freckled
b.    Oily and buttery
c.     Sweet and sugary
d.    Scented and odorous
e.     Rotten and spoiled
f.      Hot and spicy
g.    Sneak and creep
2.     Review:  “attractive”
a.     Flawless    Gorgeous       Pretty
b.    Handsome           Ravishing                   Hot
c.     Stunning              adorable                    fine
d.    cute           fierce              appealing       striking
e.     pretty       foxy                arousing         sexy
f.      beautiful   smokin’          spectacular
Denotation Definition          = the literal or primary meaning of a word
Connotation Definition       = an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning; the vibe or a word--overtone, undertone, undercurrent, implication, hidden meaning, nuance, hint, echo, association, suggestion, insinuation
Writing Lesson Practice
What Are You Suggesting? (page 26)
Continue and finish this page, using the spreadsheet.
Turn page 26 in when we’re done!  Thanks!
1.      Smart                                     brainy
2.     Smooth                                 slick
3.     University                             college
4.     Erase                                      delete
5.     ignoramus                             dummy
6.     head-strong                          stubborn
7.     unripe                                    raw
8.     elderly                                   old
9.     spicy                                       peppery
10.   Shout                                      yell
11.    Singe                                      burn
12.   dirty                                       filthy
13.   crazy                                      insane
14.   hilarious                                 funny
15.   passionate                             obsessive
16.   Beautiful                               hot
17.   Well-liked                              popular
18.   Intelligent                             nerdy
19.   Bright                                     smart
20.  Bookish                                 nerdy
21.   Creative                                 weird
22.  Creative                                 Imaginative
23.  Energetic                                 Hyper
Consider the word,  “Overweight” —spectrum from positive to negative.  Reminder:  this is an academic discussion of connotation versus denotation—not a reason to be inappropriate and/or offensive.  Put yourself on a five-second delay.
List as many SYNONYMS as you can think of for “overweight.”
Make sure they are not slang.
Make sure they are adjectives.

Diction Practice—Click on the link on my blog!  Make sure you’re in the class group!
1.      Play free rice at your BEST LEVEL (not starting over at Level 1) when you finish.
2.     15,000 grains are due by Friday, April 25th, 2014.