Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thursday, 11/8/2012


Assignment #1:  Writing Experiment #3  (Twenty-five Minutes—Time Yourself!)
1.      Type for twenty-five  minutes on ONE of the following options.
2.     Use the MLA format for heading, and doublespace this, since it’s prose, not a poem.
3.     Save, print FRONT/BACK to the Media Center.  One person go over at the end of writing time and get them all:  Logan or Danny in first block; Valeria or Joe in second block.
4.     Put this assignment in the drawer, please.

OPTION #1:  The Big Event
When a special event is on the horizon, people plan for it and get excited about it.  Maybe it’s a dance, an election, a family event, a party, a birthday, or an important sports game.
Think of a special event that you planned for a looked forward to that turned out much differently from what you expected.  Write about what you expected would happen and what actually happened.

OPTION #2:  Holiday Cheer
What is your favorite holiday?  What is your least favorite holiday?  Write about two memorable holiday experiences, one from your favorite holiday and one from your least favorite.

OPTION #3:  What a Fright
There’s “fun scary” (walking through a haunted house, screaming through a horror movie, riding a roller coaster) and then there’s “scary scary” (being in a car accident, getting caught in the ocean’s riptide).
Describe the scariest experience you’ve ever had.  Was it fun scary, or was it really terrifying?

Assignment #2:  The Six-Word Memoir                                          (Thirty Minutes)


Rumor has it that when writer Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a short, short story, he penned this:
“Pair of baby shoes:  never worn.”

That’s only six words, but it tells a story.

Fifteen Minutes (Reading)
1.      Explore the six-word memoirs and stories here:  BE PATIENT--THE LINK TAKES A MINUTE TO LOAD!
3.     Read people’s memoirs.  You can browse, or you can click on a certain subject area, if you’re interested in memoirs on one topic.
4.     Post your FAVORITE classroom appropriate six-word memoir in google docs in the document named, “Favorite Six-Word Memoir”.

Fifteen Minutes (Writing)
1.      Create/type THREE six-word memoirs--that way, you can do a funny one, a serious one, and whatever else you come up with.
2.     Use the MLA heading on your six-word memoirs, type all three on one page, make sure they’re saved in YOUR google docs, print them to the Media Center, then put them in the drawer.  AGAIN, HAVE ONE PERSON GO GET THEM ALL THE LAST FEW MINUTES OF THE BLOCK.  I DON'T WANT MULTIPLE PEOPLE LEAVING THE ROOM.

Assignment #3:  Cliché Trio Stories                                             (Twenty Minutes)
1.      Stay IN THE ROOM to finish these stories today.
2.     Open up your story, and check it for the following (all partners):
a.     Did I put in paragraphs where the ideas changed?
b.     Did I edit my dialogue with quotation marks to show that people are speaking aloud?
c.     Did I give this story a really cliché title?
d.     Did I make sure each cliché phrase was in italics?
e.     Did I check my content to make sure it is appropriate for class, based on the discussion we had in class Tuesday?
3.     Do NOT print!  We will share these aloud MONDAY in class on the big screen!

  1. Complete everything on your Loose-Ends Checklist.
  2. Complete any of the three items listed above that you did not finish in class today.

College-Prep Reading

Day Nine
November 8, 2012

When You Come In
·      Please sign in on the clipboard.

Focus for the Week:  Minimalism! 

1.     Take the vocabulary quiz.
2.     Turn it in.

“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”, by Ernest Hemingway  (Quietly, On Your Own)
1.     Read and annotate the background information on page 1.
2.     Read and annotate the story.
***Make a minimum of twenty-five annotations (average of five annotations per page).
3.     Complete the teal blue Story Organizer.

Group Work Over “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
1.     Get into the following groups and discuss your annotations and questions you have over 
the story:
  • #1:  Kaitlin, Gabe, Keri and Zuleyma
  • #2:  Bridget, Brittany, Christina
  • #3:  Michael, Morgan, Clay
  • #4:  Kaitlin, Allan, and Lauren
  • #5  Logan, Sarah, and Jenny
2.     Discuss your Story Organizers.  Does everyone agree?  Discuss comparisons and contrasts.
3.     Pick up a copy of Checklist:  Elements of Literary Style.  Discuss your responses to the elements your group has been assigned.
4.    Post your responses on the wiki:
5.     Make sure you give an example from the text (in quotes) for each of your answers.

Last Part of the Block

Homework:  Vocabulary
·      6,000 grains on free rice by Friday

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