Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday, 1/4/2010

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.
Peer Conferencing
  • 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.

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