- Short Story Proposals--I conferenced with half the class about these today; I will conference with everyone else tomorrow.
- We took stock of where we are in the process.
- We discussed scanning of all pages.
- We created a work plan for tomorrow.
- I will check with Mrs. Murphy about a date due for sharing.
- I read over Ways to Get to Know Your Character (p. 5), and I gave examples along the way.
- I handed out the Facebook character sketches, and people started working on these for the main character.
- We paired up to complete Focus on Dialogue (pages 6-7), then came back together to discuss our answers.
- I talked about what makes a dialogue scene, and we read and discussed a model from the book--Building a Scene with Dialogue on page 8.
- We had the last fifteen minutes of class to work on either the character sketch or the dialogue scene.
- Type a dialogue scene for between two characters in your story. Doublespaced, it should be at least half a page--and if you get on a roll, KEEP TYPING!
- Finish your FB character sketch for the main character.
Here's the agenda for what we did in class today:
• Simile Poem with completed rubric stapled on top—in the drawer, please.
Big Screen Notes
• Alliteration (p. 53)
• Pulling It All Together—DICTION, IMAGERY, METAPHORS AND SIMILES, ALLITERATION—Big Screen Lessons
• Writing to Describe Examples (p. 58)
• #1 only for today—from Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen
• Snapshot Poem (p. 67)
• Write a poem about someone (or a pet), in which you SHOW, rather than TELL, who that person is.
• Use EVERYTHING we’ve been talking about in this class: DICTION, IMAGERY, METAPHORS AND SIMILES, ALLITERATION.
• Use your list of twenty things for starters, if you’d like, or start fresh with a new person (or pet).
• The first step is to complete page 67, and then we’ll discuss it.
• We’ll also look at some strong models from last term. (handouts)
• You grab an iBook and start your poem. When you get touched on the shoulder, hustle back to my desk for a thirty-second conference about your writing buddies and your Early Memory.
• Papers back; folder log-in
• Spend ten minutes thinking about PORTFOLIO POSSIBILITIES.
- I discussed registration for next year with some juniors.
- I discussed the following reminders in class today.
Posting a Book Review on Shelfari
Maybe You Read the Book, Now It’s Sounding Like You Really
Maybe You Didn’t…. Did Read the Book!
YOUR OPINION about an aspect of the book
A DETAIL or EXAMPLE from the book that shows this
One thing I didn’t like about the book was…
…the people died too soon, and you don’t get to find out much about them until their secrets finally come out.
This book is far better than the movie
…because you get a lot more background about Celie-- who she is, what her life is like, and what the people in her life are like and how much they mean to her.
I feel like I can relate to this book very much.
My friend reminds me of Frankie, shy, stutters when he's nervous, young mexican, and kind of nerdy is his own way.
They go through tons of twists and turns,
like when Kristina decides she's a fit mother and moves into an apartment with her son and Trey, only to let her son fall and bite through his lip.
It's a really good book…
…for people who are confused on whether taking the road someone made out for them or taking the road they've always dreamt about.
· Please POST A NOTE on my page—don’t send me a message.
· Please don’t ask, “Did you read my review?” If I read it, I will message you back.
· Please update your binder when you start a new book, and you KNOW you want to keep reading it.
· Remember, I will take one review this week from you, and one next week—and some people might have a review the final week as well.