Friday, April 9, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Writing Lesson
  • We reviewed the things we talked about yesterday with Choosing Precise Adjectives (p. 21), and we took a few more minutes to work on that page.  
  • We traded with three partners and starred their best precise writing.
  • We snaked around the room, and everyone shared his or her best revision.
Writing Experiment #2
Ghosts, Monsters and Bullies
  • We put our heads down for a few minutes, and we remembered what our fears were when we were children.
  • Everyone shared a fear, and we talked about some of them.
  • I read three models.
  • We spent fifteen minutes typing our own childhood fear poems.
  • We traded with partners, and asked each other three questions about the poems.
  • We worked for ten more minutes, answering the questions we found interesting.
  • We saved our poem, and printed a copy to turn in.
  • Writing Experiment #3

  • Writing Experiment #3
    ·      Select ONE of the following choices to write about. 
    ·      Set a timer for twenty minutes.  Write or type for the full twenty minutes. 
    ·      TYPE this assignment (and doublespace it), if you can do so at a reasonable pace.

    DUE:  Thursday, in the drawer, when the tardy bell rings

    Spilled Popcorn
    What’s the worst movie you’ve seen recently?  Imagine you’re a film critic and write a couple of paragraphs tearing this movie to shreds.

    I’m Grateful
    Even the dreariest, most awful weeks aren’t bad twenty-four hours a day.  Think of a few things that have happened this week that you’re grateful for.

    Breaking Up
    Woody Allen once said,

    “It’s better to be the leaver than the leavee.”

    Do you agree?  Would you rather dump someone than get dumped yourself?  Which do you think is more painful?

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