Happy New Year, People! And Welcome Back!
- I conferenced with over half the class about how they're doing on their reading.
- I put in make-up reading as needed.
- I conferenced with several people about their books.
- We read for about seventy minutes.
Saying Good-Bye to Mango Street
- We talked about motifs, themes, and the difference between them.
- I explained the requirements for the timed writing.
- We had twenty-five minutes to type, print, and turn in our outlines.
- People handed in their two-page typed drafts of the Graduation Essays.
- I scanned them, made a brief comment or two, then handed them back.
- We partnered up for a peer conference (directions on neon green handout), and we took about twenty-five minutes to thoughtfully complete that.
- The last ten minutes we spent talking about time.
- I handed out the requirements for the time free write (due tomorrow). Write/Type for between one and two pages.
- This is preparation for starting William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, which we'll start reading tomorrow.
- I had people pass back a bunch of papers.
- Taylor handed out the new/last textbook section on REVISION.
- I went over page what we're going the next five days, as outlined on page 79.
- We talked about what revision actually is. We spent time practicing the four ways to revise--add, subtract, substitute, transpose (p. 80). We shared our answers, and we discussed them.
- I handed out the Revision and Portfolio Thinking sheet. I explained it, and I waited as people completed it. We talked a lot about how to tell if something needs revision, or if it might just need editing. We also shared some portfolio ideas.
- To show people the process they're about to go through, I had people look at Nick's poem on page 91--the first draft. Then we compared it to his second, REVISED draft on page 89. We talked about what changes Nick had made. I pointed out that this was what everyone was about to do--take the first draft of a poem, and revise it to a second draft.
- We had thirty minutes to work.
- Two second drafts--revised substantially--of the poems are due tomorrow when you walk in.