Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Welcome to Creative Writing!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Day Two

When You Come In
1.                Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.               You do need your computer today, but once the tardy bell rings, please close it.

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.
3.          Check out the models (Flor, Emily, Patrick).
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.
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)
Time for first draft = twenty minutes
START:  10:12             END:  10:32
When You Finish Typing Your Poem
1.                Do you have at least twenty lines? 
2.               Do you have a title?  At least a working title?
3.               DO NOT PRINT!  J
4.                              Until 10:32:  Open your textbook to page 6, and read Earthbook.
5.               Sign in to your google account.
6.               Upload your Word document to your google account.
7.               Save it as “Last Name—Around the Block”.

Big Picture—What We’re Writing This Term (Fifteen minutes)
Read Earthbook, and fill out page 6.

·      The Blog—bookmark it!

End-of-Class Work/Homework What You Don’t Finish
·      Earthbook/Academic Fraud worksheet (p. 7)
·      Reading Strategy:  Read the questions first!

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Reading for College
Day Two

When You Come In
1.      Please sign in on the clipboard.
2.     Please pick up a quote for today.

Journal Quote for Today’s Writing (ten minutes)
“Any book you pick up,
if it’s good,
 is a printed circuit for your own life to flow through—
so when you read a book,
 you are engaged in the events of the mind of the writer. 
You are bringing your own creative faculties into sync. 
 You’re imagining the words,
 the sounds of the words,
and you are thinking of the various characters in terms of people you’ve known—
not in terms of the writer’s experience, but your own.”  (E. L. Doctorow)
11:28-ish to 11:38-ish

Journal Response Explanation
1.      Some days, you will share (with a different person each week, until you’ve talked to everyone) any or all of the following:
a.     The most meaningful thing you learned
b.     a connection you made
c.      questions you have
d.     something that bothers you
e.     anything else you want to discuss
2.     After we trade journals, read, and discuss, write a note to the writer. 
a.     At least two detailed sentences
b.     Signed by you

 “How to Mark a Book”
1.      Think as you read.  How do you SHOW your thinking? 
a.     Annotations!  
b.     I’ve made big margins for you to WRITE IN.
2.     Continue reading and annotating; finish essay.

Where We’re Heading
Connections:  What does each of the following say about reading, about how to read? 
Compare and contrast!
·       Whitman
·       Adler
·       Doctorow
·       Nabokov

Vocabulary Power Building!  
·     www.freerice.com
Everyone got signed up, joined our class group, and established a baseline level.
·     End-of-activity record-keeping:  please write your name and current level for me.

Online Business
Wiki!  We will all get signed in to the wiki for this class—yoo-hoo!  :-)
       It allows everyone an equal chance to speak and be "heard".
       It encourages listening--you have to read each other's comments.
       It provides for continuation of or preparation for class discussions.

·       None

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