Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Welcome to Creative Writing!

When You Come In
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.     Make sure your name is on the homework (Earthbook/Academic Fraud worksheet) then put it in the turn-in drawer, please.
3.     Find your desk with your name sticky note on it.

Vital Information About Class (Ten minutes in trios; when whole class)
1.      Turn to pages 4-5 in your book.
2.     Read the Survival Tips from last year’s class.
3.     In the blank next to each one, write down the answers you and your partner discuss. 

1.      Today we will all successfully sign in to our school domain g-mail.
2.     We will type, save and print our first assignment from there.

Writing Experiment #1--Around the Block
1.           Writing Experiment
a.          It’s a first draft.
b.         Do your best work…
c.          …but don’t agonize over it.
d.         Work quickly!
e.          Type your guts out!
f.           See the survival tip about not stressing about your first draft.)  (See #15 and #21)
2.          Take a look at the requirements for this assignment.
Writing Experiment #1
Around the Block
Imagine you’re walking down a block in your neighborhood. 

Write a poem in which you describe everything you see along the way, from puddles to pieces of trash, from lost gloves to chipped paint on the curb.
1.     Use the five senses
a.    texture (how things feel)
b.   sight
c.    sound
d.   taste
e.    smell
2.    Break it into lines
3.    Do NOT rhyme.  J
4.    Font = 12
5.    Spacing = up to you (EXCEPT MLA, which has to be doublespaced)

3.          Check out the models.
a.          Models are not perfect examples.
b.         Models are glimpses at how some people chose to approach this assignment.
4.          Editing Lesson
a.          MLA format for heading
b.          Required on everything you hand in this term.
5.          Organization
a.           Sign into/Create your google account.
b.         We’re typing here today, and for most of the term, so get comfortable!
6.         Your assignment will save in google docs.  Make sure you name it as follows:  “Last Name—Around the Block”.

When You Finish Typing Your Poem
1.           Do you have at least twenty lines? 
2.          DO NOT PRINT!
3.          Sign out of google docs, then put your iBook away.
4.          Then read Earthbook, and fill out page 6.

Homework = None


When You Come In
1.      Please sign in on the 3rd Block clipboard.
2.     Please find your sticky note name; it’s the one with the HEART on it—that’s your desk for now.
3.         IF—and that’s only IF—you want to read your Weirdest Dream aloud, drop it into the Advanced Creative Writing folder in the “Weirdest Dream” folder.
4.          Put your iBooks away after that—we don’t need them anymore.

Brain-Pain Loose End from Yesterday
·      Where in the Whirled?

Poetry Elements
1.      What do we know about poetry’s vocabulary?
2.     In trios, list as many poetry elements as you know.
3.     Periodically, send one person up to contribute one of your terms to the big class list on the screen.
4.     Why should be be familiar with poetry terms?
a.     Because we need to all be using the same DICTION when we talk about each other’s poems.
b.    Because we need to be aware of all the parts that make up a poem—and maybe that will allow us to experiment with a variety of techniques when we write!
5.     We came up with thirty terms today!

Sharing--"I Had the Weirdest Dream"
1.      Make specific comments (example from poem).
2.     Use poetry diction.

Collaborative Writing
1.      We will write a class poem.
2.     Overhead—example and guidelines
3.     Have one concrete image/sound/smell/texture/taste in each line you write.
4.     We will share them aloud tomorrow, and then you will hand them in to me for copying.

·      None

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