- We took our trip to Stewart to spend forty minutes with our writing buddies today.
- When we got back to school, we talked about progress, problems and plans.
- I showed what a keepsake book looked like in iPhoto, and Abbie checked to make sure student computers do have iPhoto.
- I read last year's recommendations about writing the children's story, and we talked a little about how things are going thus far.
- Due tomorrow, Wednesday--"A Confusing World" poem (p. 6)--twenty lines, minimum
- Due tomorrow, Wednesay--all completed Facebook Character sketches
- Due Thursday--lesson plan for Friday
- Due Friday--completed storyboard
Here's today's agenda:
Tuesday, March 1st
· Please put Journal #3 in the drawer. Thanks!
Pair-Share, Part II (continued from yesterday; same partners) 11:25-11:33
n Metaphors and similes are supposed to make your writing stronger—but sometimes, despite our best efforts, our metaphors and similes go wrong.
n With your same partner from yesterday, read the directions at the top of page 63.
n Follow the directions as you read pages 63 and 64 together.
n Let’s quickly discuss your responses from Pair-Share.
· Yesterday you practiced creating similes from those two lists, and then you wrote a rough draft of your Simile Poem. You know the RIGHT way to create similes. J
· And after today’s discussion, you know the WRONG way to create similes. L
· So grab a Simile Creation sheet, and get into your own personal zone—no collaboration—and start creating similes that you feel are detailed and vivid.
· Go in any order you want, but by the start of classtime tomorrow, I will take a grade for you having all twenty thoughtfully and completely filled out.
· Workshop Time: 20 minutes (Any and all remaining is for homework tonight.)
Writing Warm-Up (Don’t ask millions of question—just start writing your list! J )
· Right now, on a sheet of paper, in the five minutes (until 12:37) I will give you, write a list of specific memories (occurring in an hour or less) from between the ages of five (kindergarten) and eight (third grade).
· The memories can be happy or sad, silly or confusing—they just have to be memories of yours from when you were a kid.
· Possibilities (anything/everything you think of, plus any and all of the following)
o A holiday moment
o A time you got caught
o A time that made you laugh a lot
o A time that made other people laugh a lot
o A moment with a friend
o A time you made a discovery
· Early Memory (pages 45-6)
· What’s the perspective? Your eight year-old (or child) self!
· Whose the audience? Our eight year-old writing buddies
· Workshop Time: 20 minutes
· Saving: In your own Student Volume.
· Printing: front and back to room 212—by 1:15, unless you’re going to work on it during seminar; drop it in the drawer, please.
· Goal: one full page, typed and doublespaced, w/dialogue, in present tense, sounding like a kid!
· Sharing: We will share our rough drafts with one other person tomorrow in class.
· Once you’ve printed out your Early Memory and put it in the drawer, you can work on your SIMILE CREATION sheet, if you still need to (due tomorrow, completed).
- The usual! :-)