Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011


  • Facebook character sketch
  • Dialogue Scene
Short Story Conferences
  • I'll chat with everyone about their character sketches and the dialogue scenes.
Children's Story Work Day
Please do the following today during class:
  1. Review the sheet (white) I gave you about what makes a good children's story, including the rubric I'm going to use to evaluate your story.
  2. Spend a few minutes reading one or more of your children's books (on top of the bookshelf), to remind yourself of what you are about to create.
  3. Upload the pics of your buddies, as well as your group shot.  Save then in the Student Volume/HS Classes in the folder I've made for you.
  4. Scan any and all pages from your book that are complete.
  5. Type the story.
  6. Create any other illustrations you need.
  7. If you need something from your buddies, write it on the board, so I can e-mail Mrs. Murphy.
  • E-mail Mrs. Murphy about our final share date.
  • E-mail the bus barn about transportation on our final share date.
  • E-mail the office about color printing--DONE.
  • Run a test page after someone scans, so we can see how it's going to look.
  • Work for thirty minutes on your short story.

Here's today's plan:

·      Make sure your name is on your list, please, then put your list in the drawer.
·      Grab an iBook, and print to room 212 a copy of your Snapshot Poem rough draft, please.
·      Tiffany will go get them all when we’re done.
·      Pick up a rubric and a Peer Conference sheet off the circle table.
·      Read them both carefully, please—you’re responsible for doing all items on the sheets.  So before I turn you loose with a partner, I want to make sure you understand what you’re going to be doing in a few minutes.
·      Ask me any questions about what we’re about to do.

When You’ve Finished
1.      Get online, and search for “hyperbole”.
2.     Turn to page 55 in your purple section, and answer the following questions on the bottom half of page 55:
3.     What is “hyperbole”?  Write down a definition you can understand.
4.     What are three examples of hyperbole?  Pick three that are NOT clich├ęs, since we try to avoid those in strong writing.  Write down three you could explain to other people.
5.     Explain in your own words why hyperbole is using language FIGURATIVELY instead of LITERALLY.

Writing Assignment
Life at Thirty
1.      Go to page 47, and read over the assignment.
2.     Pick up a Life At Thirty Models page off the circle table. 
3.     Read the three models.
4.     Pick up your list off the back table.
Goal—to write one to two pages from the point of view of your older self.  This is the reverse of the Early Memory, but the requirements are the same:
·      Write it in PRESENT TENSE (no “was” or “-ed” endings).
·      SOUND like you’re thirty or forty.
·      Include lots of DETAILS so you are SHOWING the future, not simply TELLING about it.
·      Try to FOCUS on a few moments—not the entire day.  Some of the models I’ve given you to read are too broad—they try to encompass too much.  Think small, and focus on a few minutes in your thirty or forty-year-old life.
·      Grab an iBook, and start typing this assignment.
·      Save it in the class folder in “Life at Thirty RD”, and do NOT print, please.


  • We started new pink sheets today.
  • I had daily reading chats with everyone.
  • We read for about seventy-five minutes.

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