Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
First Block Only
8:10-8:40

Revision:  Class Poem Lines
Spend five considering the following:
  • Advice for Editing and Revising Poetry (in class folder)
  • Showing, not Telling (lessons all term)
  • Diction (lessons all term)

Directions
  1. Open your google doc with your class poem lines (Robot Typing).
  2. Revise this poem so that it’s one you’re proud of, making at least twenty changes.  This poem can become anything you want it to be!
  3. Bring all your knowledge, wisdom, and creativity to bear on this bad boy.
  4. When you think you’re finished revising, go to “file,” then “see revision history,” and make sure you have at least twenty changes.
  5. Leave it in the folder it’s already in for me to read.  Thanks!
  6. Hey, this could be a contender for your portfolio, right?

NOTE:  IF YOU WERE NOT HERE to do the Class Poem, you will revise a different piece, and put it in the Class Poem Lines Revision folder.  See me before you start work today.

HOMEWORK:  work on your portfolio!



@ 8:45, we'll go see our Writing Buddies!

Second block, we'll be with our Writing Buddies all class period.

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Tuesday, 5/20, Checklist
  • Hello, and welcome to the last nine days of Creative Writing!
  • You have all of today’s classtime to work on the following.  What you don’t finish in class is homework, so work smart and focused.
  • I am using today to read and comment on your Fifty-Word stories, which you will be revising Thursday  Please use this checklist as your teacher today; this will give me time to read your work.  

Directions
  1. MAKE A COPY of this doc.  Don’t type on this one.
  2. Change the color of each item, as you complete it.
  3. Do the following items in order--no skipping.  Thanks!

Organization
  • Paper pass-back and folder log-in
  • What pieces have you written since your last folder inventory sheet?  I will list these here now; they should be in your manila folder:
  1. Name Poem
  2. Ogden Nash Poems
  3. Class Poem Lines Revision (in progress)
  4. Six-Word Stories/Memoirs
  5. Free piece (due 5/12)


Sharing Six-Word Memoirs/Stories




Revising YOUR SENSE POEM!
  1. Re-read the doc entitled, “Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry,” but don’t type on it.  Make a copy, if you want to type on it.  Use this advice this week as your revise your poems.
  2. Think back to Nick’s lesson on Friday.  What did we learn about other ways to revise?
    1. letter sounds
    2. words
    3. phrases/images
    4. line/sentence
    5. stanza
    6. whole poem
  3. Re-read your SENSE POEM.
  4. Read my comments to you, and consider them carefully.
  5. Get a rubric off the sign-in table, and start re-visioning your poem.  This is the FINAL DRAFT, the knock-out version that’s going in your portfolio.
  6. When you finish revising your SENSE POEM, complete the rubric, then turn it in.
  7. Leave it in the class folder for me to read, please.


E-mail
  • Read the e-mail I sent you last night in response to your portfolio progress.  
  • Reply to me via e-mail, and make sure you answer my questions in several sentences of detail, at least!
  • Homework Turn-In--E-mail me the link to your free assignment, due Monday, 5/12.  Here were the requirements, to refresh your memory:
Write a piece entirely of your own choosing.
Requirements:
  • 400 words (or more)
  • fiction, non-fiction, or poetry—your choice
  • MLA format at the top
  • Two sentences typed at the top of your piece, telling me THREE THINGS you want me to comment on.
  • Due when you walk into class Monday, 5/12


Portfolio Prep
  1. Go through your manila folder and your computer folder, and review ALL the work you’ve done this term.
  2. You need TEN for your portfolio, but for today, I want you to list at least SIX you feel represent your best work.
  3. Record them on the spreadsheet in the class folder called, “Portfolio Choices.”

Class Poem Line Typing
  • Come see me for directions.





Monday, May 19th, 2014

Revision Checklist
Hello, and welcome to the last ten days of Creative Writing!


You have all of today’s classtime to work on the following.  What you don’t finish in class is homework, so work smart and focused.


I am using today to read and comment on your Sense Poems, which you will be revising tomorrow.  Please use this checklist as your teacher today; this will give me time to read your work.  


Daily Grade = A, C-, or F


Directions
  1. MAKE A COPY of this doc.  Don’t type on this one.
  2. Change the color of each item, as you complete it.
  3. Do the following items in order--no skipping.  Thanks!


In the “USED” folder do all the following:
  1. Open your Ogden Nash poem doc, and read my comments.
  2. Drag this doc into your own personal “Creative Writing” folder.  When you do this, it will disappear from the class folder, and that’s CORRECT.
  3. Open your Six-Word Story/Memoir doc, and read my comments.  (You may also have comments from a senior reader.)
  4. Drag this doc into your own personal “Creative Writing” folder.  When you do this, it will disappear from the class folder, and that’s CORRECT.


In the “USED” folder, move the following pieces into your personal “Creative Writing” folder:
  1. Earliest Memory
  2. Ghosts, Monsters, Bullies
  3. Russian Tailor
  • Note:  These should NO LONGER APPEAR in our class folder--they should only be in YOUR personal folder.


Other Chores
  1. Make sure you’ve typed your title and complete story in our class folder on the doc called, “Strongest Original Six-Word Memory”.
  2. E-mail me (through your school g-mail) the following:  a three to five sentence explanation of what your portfolio is going to look like (VISION), and what you did this weekend, or prior to today, to make this VISION become a reality, a finish product (PREPARATION).


Revising Two Poems!
  1. Re-read the doc entitled, “Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry,” but don’t type on it.  Make a copy, if you want to type on it.  Use this advice this week as your revise your poems.
  2. Think back to Nick’s lesson on Friday.  What did we learn about other ways to revise?
    1. letter sounds
    2. words
    3. phrases/images
    4. line/sentence
    5. stanza
    6. whole poem
  3. Re-read the following three poems, including the comments you received  (They should all be in YOUR personal Creative Writing folder now, not in the class folder):
    1. Russian Tailor
    2. Ghosts, Monsters and Bullies
    3. Earliest Memory
  4. Select TWO to revise.
  5. Get two rubrics off the sign-in table, and start re-visioning your first poem.  This is the FINAL DRAFT, the knock-out version that’s going in your portfolio.
  6. When you finish your first poem, complete the rubric, then turn it in.
  7. Save this poem in our class folder, in the “Revised Poem #1” folder, “YOUR LAST NAME, REVISED POEM #1.”
  8. Start on your second poem.
  9. When you finish your second poem, complete the rubric, then turn it in.
  10. Save this poem in our class folder, in the “Revised Poem #2” folder, as “YOUR LAST NAME, REVISED POEM #2.”

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Wednesday
2:20 Dismissal Schedule

Writing Buddies
Please put these dates on your calendar.  Don’t be absent!  L
1.      Thursday, May 15th
a.     Kailey M. has to be absent (1st).
b.    Selena (or Dylan, if Selena’s not here) will take her kiddos!
2.     Wednesday, May 21st

Focus for the Last Thirteen Days
1.      Showing, Not Just Telling
2.     Revision
3.     Writing Buddies
4.     Portfolio

Assignment #1:  The Six-Word Memoir Overview
1.      Be PRECISE.                                                                                    (Writing Lesson)
2.     Use strong diction—your Vocabulary Variety sheet!       (Writing Lesson)
·      I will be evaluating your work today on these two skills.  Focus on that, and begin with the end in mind.

THINK ABOUT THIS:

Rumor has it that when writer Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a short, short story, he penned this:

“Pair of baby shoes:  never worn.”

That’s only six words, but it tells a story.

Reading #1            (Fifteen Minutes)
1.      Explore the six-word memoirs and stories here:  BE PATIENT--THE LINK TAKES A MINUTE TO LOAD!  http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/
2.     Read people’s memoirs.  You can browse, or you can click on a certain subject area, if you’re interested in memoirs on one topic.
3.     Type your THREE FAVORITE classroom appropriate six-word memoirs IN OUR CLASS FOLDER in google drive in the document named, “Favorite Six-Word Memoirs”.

Sharing
·      Favorite Six-Word Memoir

Writing #1              (Fifteen Minutes)
1.      Create/type THREE six-word memoirs--that way, you can do a funny one, a serious one, and whatever else you come up with.  THESE ARE ORIGINAL SIX-WORD MEMOIRS, CREATED BY YOU RIGHT NOW.
2.     Grading Criteria:
            a.     Use PRECISE words.
            b.    Use your VOCABULARY VARIETY sheet for help.  HIGHLIGHT IN YELLOW YOUR STRONGEST DICTION WORD IN EACH STORY.
            c.     Type all three memoirs on the same page.
            d.    Give each memoir its own title (which doesn’t count in your six words).
            e.     Use the correct MLA format for heading (part of your grade).

This is what your paper should look like:

Victoria Bennett
Ms. Willis
Creative Writing (Six word Memoirs)
05 April 2013
   
The Buzzer Ends It
One opening, One fulfilment: One Inadequacy


Rudy
Floppy ears, black spots: my puppy

 This is Me
Opinionated, Blonde, Blue-eyed, Loving, Careful, Truth-teller



When You Finish Your Three Six-Word Memoirs/Stories
Take the three noredink quizzes:
1.   Apostrophes—FINISH BY CLASSTIME TOMORROW.
2.     Commas, Run-Ons and Fragments
3.     Hyphens

Sharing
·      Best Original Memoir

Writing Assignment #1:  Prompt Word Poem!
·     pages 24-26--we annotated the poem according to the directions, then got with a partner for five minutes to compare annotations and poach.
We will continue this Friday.