Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Creative Writing


Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

  • Sign in, lovelies!  Thanks!
  • Grab the two green sheets off the sign-in table!

Materials Needed for Class
  • Small three-ring binder
  • Writing implement
  • Computer every day, fully charged
  • Five dividers

Review Big Picture
Based on the title of this class, what skills do you think we’re going to be working on this term?  
1.      Reading closely
2.     Annotating
3.     Vocabulary-Building
4.     Note-Taking
5.     Academic Discussion
6.    Thinking—I put this last, but really, let’s not forget to think—deal?
NOTE:  You’ve received a copy of the syllabus today, and I’ve posted a copy of the syllabus on schoology in the “Big Picture Reading” folder, FYI.

Journal Response (Ten Minutes)

“The unread story is not a story;
it is little black marks on wood pulp.
The reader, reading it,
makes it live: a live thing, a story.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

Strategy:  I used a reading strategy called phrasing, or chunking, where you break a long, complex sentence or paragraph into smaller, more manageable bits, to try to understand it better.

Review:  How can we respond to a quote?
➢ Connect:     Relate to it by making a connection to yourself.
➢ Question:    Ask a question(s).
➢ Comment:   Agree with it, in part or in whole.
➢ Comment:   Disagree with it, in part or in whole.
➢ Clarify:        Say what you think it means.
➢ Connect:     Relate to it by making a connection to something else you’ve seen or read.
…or anything else you want to write to show your thinking about the quote
  • Starting at 11:57; ending at 12:07-ish

Journal Response Explanation
  • NOW:  Share with a NEW person today.  Write your partner TWO specific comments, and aim for academic language in your writing.
1.      At least two detailed sentences
a.     Agree.
b.    Tell him/her if the journal made you think of a new idea/or something you hadn’t considered.
c.     Add on to an idea he/she says.
d.    Compliment their vocabulary—diction!
e.     Disagree, respectfully.
2.     Signed by you
3.     Make sure your name, date and “LeGuin Quote” are at the top of your paper.
4.     Read your partner’s comments, then turn it in in the class drawer.

Reading and Annotating
  1. Think as you read—that’s part of active reading.
  2. Take a look at the annotation models—I need you in four groups.  
  3. Okay, take a look, page by page, at the annotation models I’ve given you.  
  4. Give everyone in the group a few pages.  
  5. NOW:  Read the annotations on the pages you have, and keep track on your notebook paper of what people are doing.
  6. Then circle-talk about what you noticed in your pages.  Go in a circle, and let EACH PERSON SHARE ONE, until everyone goes, then repeat.
  7. Add an item to your list, if you didn’t already have it.
  8. In your circle talk, your group should collaboratively come up with at least fifteen things you notice the readers doing when they annotate.

Wrap It Up
  1. Return your annotated pages to me.
  2. Tuck your list of annotations in your folder, and we will talk about them tomorrow.

Vocabulary (fifteen minutes)

11:25 and 12:52--LAST TEN MINUTES--EXPLANATION OF HOMEWORK (On Schoology)--you don’t need your computers out.  I’m going to show you a few things on my screen though.
  • If your name is here, I need you to restart your computer between now and tomorrow:  Kyle, Maribelle, Mack R, Michael.

Due Thursday:     
  • What Does a Good Reader Do to Understand and Remember?
Due Monday:        
  • College-Prep Survey
Due Every Day:   

  • Study the quizlet words for ten minute

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Welcome to Creative Writing!

Day One
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
When You Come In
  1. Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
  2. Find your desk with your name sticky note on it (center pink).  Sit there.  Don’t move the nametags—please and thank you!
  3. Grab a yellow packet, and remove the staple.  Put it in your three-ring binder.
  4. Get out a blank piece of paper.

  1. Sign in every day when you arrive.
  2. Check the big screen to see what you should have ready when class starts.  I expect you to have completed what’s on the big screen by the time the tardy bell rings.

Materials to Bring to Class Every Day
  1. Small three-ring binder for class.
  2. Writing implement
  3. Computer, fully charged

Free Write #1
  1. Write for the full ten minutes, without stopping.
  2. Talk about any topic of your choosing.
    1. Now, let’s say you have NO idea what to write about, and your mind is a complete blank—what can you do?
    2. Let’s look Writing Resistance Topics (pink handout)!  Keep this in a pocket in your binder, so it’s easy to find, as needed.
    3. We’re going to whip around the room, and you read one aloud when it’s your turn.
  3. Who will read this Free Write #1?
  4. How will I grade this?
  5. Start Time =    2:30
  6. End Time =      2:40
  7. To Turn It In
    1. “Free Write #1
    2. Date:  October 21st, 2014
    3. Your Name—do you have all three?
  8. Let’s practice turning them in now!

...the cornerstone of this class.
We’re going to create a writing community in this class, and here’s what you have to do to make that happen:
  1. Be trustworthy.
  2. Read people’s work with respect.
  3. Listen to people’s ideas with respect.
  4. Keep what you hear in this class, in this class—don’t betray someone’s trust.
  5. Turn in only work you yourself have created.  
  6. Read people’s work the way you want yours to be read—thoroughly, thoughtfully, and honestly.
  7. Put yourself on a five-second delay.  Instead of blurting something out, wait, count to five, and ask yourself, “Is this respectful?”  If not, don’t say it.
  8. Be respectful.
    1. If you are rude to another person, you’ll be out of class for a day.
    2. If it happens a second time, you will most likely be out of class for good.
    3. Bottom line—if you’re disrespectful to each other, this class doesn’t work.  And this is a required class for graduation—so it has to work.

Reading Assignment:  Earthbook
1.      Read and relax .  (This means you read for enjoyment.)  :-)
2.     If you’re reading a piece, and you stop enjoying it, turn the page!
3.     Did you find a piece you thought was really strong?  Or really funny?  Then record it on your worksheet.
4.     NOTE:  Make sure your reason for selecting it is a well-constructed, detailed, two sentences for each piece you pick.

Activities We Did Today (And That We’ll Do All Term)
  1. We wrote a piece. (Free Write #1)
  2. We had a class discussion and listened to each other.  (Writing Resistance Topics)
  3. We read other people’s work (Earthbook).
We began with the end in mind (examples in Earthbook).

College-Prep Reading

  • Welcome, you superb seniors!  

When You Come In
1.      Please find your seat—with your pink sticky note on it.
2.     Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.  Thanks!

  • Let’s play an exciting game called, “What Do YOU Think We’re Going to Learn?”  
  • All of you have had me for a teacher one or more times in your high school career, so you should DEFINITELY be able to tell me what you think I’m going to teach you.  :-)

Big Picture
  • Based on the title of this class, what skills do you think we’re going to be working on this term?
1.      Reading closely
2.     Annotating
3.     Annotating
4.     Annotating
5.     Vocabulary-Building
6.    Note-Taking
7.     Academic Discussion
8.    Thinking—I put this last, but really, let’s not forget to think—deal?

In Your Journal
I used a reading strategy called phrasing, or chunking, where you break a long, complex sentence or paragraph into smaller, more manageable bits, to try to understand it better.

“The process of reading is not a half-sleep,
but, in highest sense, an exercise, a gymnast’s struggle;
that the reader is to do something for himself,
must be on the alert,
must himself or herself construct indeed the poem,
metaphysical essay—
the text furnishing the hints,
the clue,
the start or frame-work.”                    --Walt Whitman

Started:           12:06       
Ending About:    12:16-ish

How Can You Respond in this Journal?
  • CONNECT Make a connection between something in this quote, and something you already know.
  • COMMENT      Agree or disagree, to various degrees
  • CLARIFY              Say something you didn’t understand.  Try to unpack it.     Say why you didn’t understand.
  • QUESTION Ask something about a piece of the quote.  Ask a bigger question the quote makes you consider.  
  1. When I stop you, review your journal.  What did you mostly do in your reaction?  
  2. Write it at the top of your paper, and put a box around it.

Journal Response Explanation
1.     Here is how you can respond to your partner today.  Based on his/her journal, you can comment on...
a.         the most meaningful thing you learned
b.         a connection you made
c.          questions you have
d.         something that bothers you
e.         anything else you want to discuss
NOW:   Trade journals, read and discuss them, then write a note to the writer.
a.     Write at least two detailed sentences in response.  Use the orange suggestions above for help.
b.    Sign it with your first and last name.
2.     Make sure your name, date and “Walt Whitman Reading Quote” are at the top of your paper.
3. Read your comments from your partner.
4.     Turn this in in the class drawer.


More Vocab Work
  • Join my quizlet class, then play!

Homework = None

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


Day 40--Tuesday, October 14th
When You Come In
  1. Sign in, please!

Discussion Points
1) Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t commit?

2) Revolution
  1. George Orwell powerpoint
  2. Then respond to “REVOLUTION” quotes
  3. Reply to the three people BELOW you.
  • Write complete, academic sentences.
  • Respond to at least three of their points specifically.
  • Make a personal connection comment of your own.
  • At least five sentences.
When you finish your three responses, play quizlet for a few minutes--quizzes maƱana!

Animal Farm Jeopardy



Your plans are on schoology!