Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday, April 12th, 2012


When You Come In
1.      Please sign in.
Quiet reflection and reading time, first ten minutes of block for the following (started at 11:20):
2.      Please pick up a self-assessment form for your Death of Language assignment.
3.      Fill the form out completely and thoughtfully.
4.      Staple it on top of your Death of Language.
5.      Put that bad boy in the drawer!  J
6.     Get out your Vocabulary Variety sheet, and find as many PAIRS as you can of words that are synonyms, but that create different images in your mine.
a.     Examples: Dart and dash
b.     Sky blue and aqua blue
c.     Creep and sneak
7.      Label them “P1”, “P2”, etc.

1.      Cliché Trio Stories!  One more!  Michael and Adam!  Comment!
2.     Turn in your comment sheets when we’re done sharing.
3.     Your Original Six-Word Memoir (Hhhhmmm—what does DICTION have to do with this assignment?!)

Portfolio Reminder at Day 13
1.      Portfolio Slideshow!  After some window/trashbag issues, we had time to watch about twelve minutes of it.  We’ll watch more Friday and Monday.

Writing Lesson:  Diction
2.     Get out your Vocabulary Variety pink sheet!  Give me a pair of words off there that are synonyms, but create different images in your mind.
a.     Dart and dash
b.     Sweet and sugary
c.     Crowded and cluttered
3.     What is diction?
4.     Why is it important?
5.      “Overweight” (loaded word)—spectrum from positive to negative
6.     Connotation versus Denotation—“Booger” Discussion

Writing Lesson Practice, Activity 1
What Are You Suggesting?
(p. 23) with a partner  (about fifteen minutes)
1.      Be appropriate and kind.
2.     We’ll share out with the whole class.
(Brilliant examples from class)
·       dirty                          filthy
·       beautiful                  hot
·       naieve                       innocent
·       short                         stumpy
·       freckled                                     dotted
·       resilient                    stubborn
·       tan                             orange
·       musician                  band-geek
·       passed away         died
·       jail                               prison (old model)
·       glittery                     sparkly (old model)

·       Journal #3 (due Monday)

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