Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wednesday, 11/6/14--CREATIVE WRITING (2:20 Dismissal)

Wednesday, 11/26/14
Day 27



1) Partner Dialogue Story:  Conferencing and Revision to Final Draft
  1. Read the story of the pair I assigned you yesterday, and EACH of you make four comments:
    1. two positive comments--things the writers are doing well
    2. two negative comments--things the writers could make stronger
  2. So when you’re finished reading and commenting, the story will have eight comments--four from you, and four from your partner.
  3. Now you and your partner read the comments you got on your story, and revise your Partner Dialogue Story to a final draft, which we will read aloud next week.

2) Writing Workshop/Homework for Tuesday
WE #9—Personal Essay--TWENTY MINUTES TO START, FINISH FOR HOMEWORK

You must answer "YES" to all the following questions for 100% on this assignment.
Copy the seven items in red below, then paste them into the top of your doc before you start typing.
1.      The piece is a minimum of 400 words.  My word count is in parentheses beside my name.
2.     I used paragraphs to show my shifting ideas.
3.     I used the correct MLA format for heading.
4.     I doublespaced the whole piece.
5.     I included at least five specific examples to support what I’m saying--these five specific examples are highlighted in yellow.
6.     I used thesaurus.com to replace at least five words I ordinarily use with five more powerful, precise words--these words are highlighted in pink.
7.     All above items are complete by classtime Tuesday, at which time I will submit it to Willis on google form.

CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FOR YOUR EXPERIMENT:

OPTION 1:  A Feast!
  • Plan your perfect Thanksgiving feast.  Describe in detail the foods you would eat.

Option 2:  Turkey!
  • Pretend you are a turkey at Thanksgiving.  Write from the point of view of the bird.  Discuss what you’re doing, where you are, and who you’re with.  

Option 3:  Totally Non-Seasonal!  :-)


Tuesday, 11/25/14--Creative Writing

Tuesday, 11/25/14
Day 26

When You Come In
  1. Sign in, please.
  2. Put your phone in the hostage center.

Review Writing Lesson:  Make Strong Paragraphs.
1.      When a new person speaks
2.     Change in subject
3.     Introduction
4.     To be reader-friendly—not just one big block of ominous text
5.     Emphasize a sentence
6.     Conclusion


WRITING LESSON:  WRITE AND EDIT STRONG DIALOGUE.
1.      Discuss and check your answers from yesterday:  Dialogue Worksheet (p. 44)
2.     Words to Use Instead of “Said” (page 47)
  1. babble
  2. atone
  3. lamented
  4. bemoaned
  5. quibbled
  6. coaxed
  7. snickered
  8. demurred
  9. broached
  10. opined
  11. berated
  12. admonished
“Stop it,” Willis said.

3.     Writing and Editing Dialogue (p. 43)
4.     Turn in page 44 AFTER we talk about page 43.


Collaborative Writing—Partner Dialogue Story
·      Begin with the End in Mind!
1.      Take a look at the model:  “A Tale of Two Cougars” on page 48.
2.     Open a google doc, which you’ll share with your partner and me first thing!
3.     Copy and paste the info in green below in the TOP of your doc.  Read the requirements with me now, and keep them in mind as you work.  These are your targets.
a.     It’s saved on google docs in the “Partner Dialogue Story” under your and your partner’s last name as soon as you start your story (first five minutes of work-time today).
b.    Use the correct MLA format for heading.
c.     BOTH PARTNERS type equally on the story (which will show up in “see revision history”).
d.    Use mostly dialogue to create the scene.
e.     Correctly edit the dialogue; refer to pages 43 through 47 for help!
f.      Length—your final draft is roughly one and a half pages, doublespaced.
g.    Fictional—it’s made up; it’s at least fifty-percent lies

Tuesday, 11/25/14--CPR

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Day 26

#1: Storybook Presentations

Note-Taking
  1. Who are the central characters?
  2. What is the central conflict?
  3. What is the outcome?  How is the conflict revolved?
  4. What is the lesson ancient Greeks would have learned from this story?

#2: Final Exam Prep
  • Move to the items listed below in homework.  This is quiet study time.

Homework

  1. Review for the final, which is Wednesday.  The study links are on schoology under Wednesday’s date.
  2. Study your notes from Monday and Tuesday.  Be able to tell the basics of five of the stories.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday, November 24th, 2014--Creative Writing

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Day 25
(Late Start)

When You Come In
  1. Sign in, please.
  2. Put your phone in the hostage center.
  3. Share your WE#8 with me on google drive, and make sure it’s “CAN EDIT”.  Then bag your computer!  We don’t need it until the end of the block.  Thanks!  


Reflection
1.      Unit One Overview (page 2)
a.     Individual Quiz, or Everybody Up?
2.     What’s coming up in Unit 2?  (page 31)


Writing Lesson:  Make Strong Paragraphs.
Why do we need this lesson?  (Think about your pair cliché stories, your fifty-word stories, and your personal essays.)
1.      Beginning a New Paragraph—page 42
2.     Let’s read it aloud together.
3.     Now practice what you just learned:  put paragraphs into the excerpt from John Green on page 42.  Use the paragraph symbol to show where there should be a paragraph.
5.    Discuss when and where and why you broke your paragraphs with a partner I give you, making changes if needed.
6.   When you and your partner finish your discussion, come get the John Green’s paragraphs from me at the podium.  Discuss the following:
a.    How are your paragraph breaks similar?  Why?
b.   How are yours different?  Why?
c.    When I call you, come up to the screen for a chat.  Bring your page 42!
8.   After we finish our discussion, write your name at the top of page 42, turn it into the drawer, please.


Collaborative Writing—Partner Dialogue Story
·      Begin with the End in Mind!  We’re studying today’s lessons, so we can write this story tomorrow.
1.     Take a look at the model:  “A Tale of Two Cougars” on page 48.
2.     You’re going to write your own story with a partner tomorrow.
3.     Open a google doc, which you’ll share with your partner and me first thing!
a.    Use the MLA format for heading.
b.    BOTH PARTNERS type on the story.
c.     Apply what you learned from the writing lessons about PARAGRAPHING and about WRITING AND EDITING DIALOGUE.  Please and thank you!


Writing Lesson:  Write and edit DIALOGUE effectively.
1.      Dialogue Worksheet (p. 44)
2.     Dialogue (pages 45-6)
3.     Words to Use Instead of “Said” (page 47)
4.   Keep your work until tomorrow, and we’ll check it and discuss it before we write our Partner Dialogue Story!



Monday, November 24th, 2014--CPR

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Day 25

2nd Block
  • 1:05-2:10

#1: Quiz
  • Please put it in the folder on my table when you finish, then quietly review for the final Wednesday (link on schoology).

#2: Storybook Presentations

Note-Taking
  1. Who are the central characters?
  2. What is the central conflict?
  3. What is the outcome?  How is the conflict revolved?
  4. What is the lesson ancient Greeks would have learned from this story?


Homework

  • Review for the final, which is Wednesday.  The study links are on schoology under Wednesday’s date.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Friday, 11/21/14--Creative Writing

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Day 24
When You Come In
  1. Sign in, please.
  2. Put your phone in the hostage center.
  3. Grab a new section of the handbook--orange--off the manila folder table.
  4. Grab a pink Prompt Word Poem Rubric, too.


Writing Lesson:  Tips on Titles
  1. Read the eight tips on page 38.
  2. Complete the worksheet on page 39.
  3. Why?  Because you need to create a strong title for the poem you’re writing today; and because as you revise over the next few weeks, you need to revise all your titles so they are strong.
  4. Turn page 39 into the drawer, after you put your name on it.


Writing Workshop:  Prompt Word Poem
  1. Think back to yesterday when we analyzed Lauren’s poem on pages 24-25.  We took her poem apart in order to see how to create one from the ground up--which is what you are doing today.
  2. Let’s pass back 24-25 now to refresh our memories.
  3. Okay, the directions for the assignment are on page 23.    Instead of you writing the words down there though, I created a doc in our class folder called “Prompt Word Poem Words.”  https://drive.google.com/a/washington.k12.ia.us/?tab=wo&urp=http://schoology.washington.k12.ia.us/assignment/1&pli=1#folders/0B4pq4r-bWrm_Qkx0T3ByVWNGazA
  4. Also, for the first time this term, and since we have entered the second half of the  class and should be able to show what you can do, I am evaluating your piece based on a rubric.  Let’s look at the targets you need to hit.
  5. You need to complete this draft today.  Fill out the rubric after you finish the poem, and drop it in the drawer by 3:20, please.


Writing Workshop/Homework for Monday
WE #8—Personal Essay--TWENTY MINUTES TO START, FINISH FOR HOMEWORK


You must answer "YES" to all the following questions for 100% on this assignment.
Copy the seven items in red below, then paste them into the top of your doc before you start typing.
1.      The piece is a minimum of 400 words.  My word count is in parentheses beside my name.
2.     I used paragraphs to show my shifting ideas.
3.     I used the correct MLA format for heading.
4.     I doublespaced the whole piece.
5.     I included at least five specific examples to support what I’m saying--these five specific examples are highlighted in yellow.
6.     I used thesaurus.com to replace at least five words I ordinarily use with five more powerful, precise words--these words are highlighted in pink.
7.     All above items are complete by classtime Monday, at which time I will submit it to Willis on google form.