Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010


Here is the checklist we used in class today:


1.   Label your second draft “SECOND DRAFT” in big letters across the top.
2.   Lay your second draft on top of your first, so I can easily see it when I come around to check.  You should have two little piles on your desk, the second drafts of the two prose revisions staring up at you.  J
3.   Pick four questions from page 82 to write down on your Peer Conference Sheet for Revision.  (You need to fill out TWO sheets, one for each prose piece).
4.   Look at page 87 with me, so you can see what this will look like when you’re done.
5.   Look at Brad’s peer conference comments on pages 85-6. 
6.   Know what a strong peer conference is
a.    at least TEN constructive comments on the person’s draft,
b.   AND you answer all four questions on the Peer Conference Sheet
7.   Look at page 95 with me, so you can know EXACTLY how I’m going to grade this assignment.
8.   Staple your Revised Prose #1 like this:
a.    Second Draft (on top)
b.   Peer Conference Sheet (in middle)
c.    First draft (on bottom)
9.   Make an even trade with someone, and thoughtfully complete a peer conference over Revised Prose #1!
10.                 Make an even trade with a DIFFERENT someone, and thoughtfully complete a peer conference over Revised Prose #2.

Writing Workshop
1.   Read over page 82—Having a Writing Conference with Yourself.
2.   Put a star by five questions you’d like to answer when you create your second draft of Prose Revision #3.
3.   Get out Prose Revision #3.
4.   Open up your iBook file, and hit “TRACK CHANGES”.
5.   REVISE to a second draft, making a MINIMUM of ten changes.
6.   Save and print!  Keep your two drafts save until tomorrow.  (We’ll peer conference tomorrow.)

·      Leave the MLA format ON all your revisions.  That’s part of the editing grade.
·      Later in the week, when you are printing things for your PORTFOLIO, REMOVE the MLA format for the heading.  And change the spacing and font to be whatever you want them to be.

Fiction Circle
We talked about what qualifies as "A"-quality comments.  I stressed that the feedback we are giving each other when we read the stories is important, and the comments have to be of high quality.
People came up with the following:

  • Be specific.
  • Make suggestions.
  • Ask questions.
  • Go outside of the norm—write something insightful on every story.
  • Say WHY you like something—go in-depth with why you like it.
  • Comment like Willis would.  J

People made GREAT comments on stories today, both in writing on the drafts, and verbally to the author.  Well-done!

Readers:  Morgan, Shelbi and Miguel

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