- I talked a bit about what to do when you finish a book, and where the book questions are (binders).
- Several people typed book reports.
- We read for about seventy minutes.
- Five more people did book quick-chats.
- RJ for "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"
- We talked about the Dylan Thomas poem, and about dying, and about what happens after we die.
- I read aloud "Elegy for My Father, Who Is Not Dead" (p. 94).
- People paired up, discussed the poem, and responded to the RJ questions.
- How do I write a comparison/contrast essay?
- Each of us got with a partner, and we read the website info--it's our tutorial for how to write the comparison/contrast essay.
- A lot of people made a two-column chart to line out their comparisons and contrasts, then began typing.
- We saved and printed our first drafts, then handed them in for me to peruse.
- Reread "On the Words in Poetry" on pages 95-6.
- Respond to the RJ questions.
- Study your vocabulary words for ten minutes.
- We talked about what constitutes unacceptable material.
Writing Tip: Clichés
- We talked about why clichés are evil.
- We checked out a plethora of clichés on pages 19-20 and discussed which were familiar, and which ones needed clarification.
- I showed some models of the Trio Cliché Story from last year.
- We got into trios to create the Cliché Collaboration Story.
- We continued reading Earthbook to find several pieces we liked.
- Writing Experiment #2--twenty minutes of writing typing over your choice of three options