Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday, 11/6/2011

Welcome to Creative Writing!
Happy Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
(Day Seven)

When You Come In
1.                 Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.                Staple the Journal #1 handout on top of your Journal #1, then put it in the drawer—please and thank you!

1.      Get a manila folder.
2.     Put your name on your manila folder tab, front and back.
3.     Pass papers back.
4.     Log in the pieces you’re getting back today.

Free Write #1

Wr. Ex. #1
Personal Essay

Halloween Fiction Story

Around the Block Rough Draft


Class Big Idea
1.      Get your homework worksheet back, and let’s quickly check it.
2.     It’s punched, so put it in your binder between the Earthbook and Fraud pages.
a.     Earthbook Editorial Policy
b.     Academic Fraud

Sharing Something in the Creative Writing Folder in Google Docs--Reminders
1.      Anything you put in there can be viewed and/or edited by anyone in this Creative Writing class.
2.     Do not touch anyone else’s work!  This violates the #1 mandate for this class, which is trust.  Be trustworthy.

Writing Experiment #2--Earliest Memory
1.      Get out a sheet of notebook paper, and write “WE#2—Earliest Memory” at the top.
2.     Model:  I’m going to tell you my Earliest Memory.  As I share it with you, pay attention to the details I am using.  Write down any details that have to do with the five senses.
3.     Now you brainstorm about some of your earliest memories.  Just make a list.
4.     OR, if you’ve already committed to the early memory you want to write about, list as many details as you can about it. 
5.     Pair-share with a partner—chat about your ideas, ask each other questions, talk it out…. (2 minutes-ish)  
6.     Now, create a new google doc, and type a paragraph about your earliest memory (ten-ish minutes) 
7.     Please doublespace, since this is prose (not a poem).
8.     Please head it with the MLA format, as always (upper left-hand corner).
9.     When you finish your paragraph, ask yourself these questions, and type a list at the bottom of your paragraph that answers them
a.     What colors can I add?
                                      i.     EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR ANSWER SHOULD LOOK:  I could add the color lavender when I talk about my mom’s shirt.
b.     What textures did I feel?
c.     What sounds did I hear?
d.     What’s my overall feeling about this memory?
e.     Did I learn something from it?
f.      Do I like remembering it?
10.   After you type your six answers, go back to your paragraph(s), and add any details you need to, based on your answers.  Yes, we’re revising!
11.    When you have completed this, title this file “Your Last Name—Earliest Memory”.  We will work on this piece again FRIDAY.
12.   Do not share it with me now.  I’ll have you print me a copy FRIDAY, when we finish it.

WHEN YOU’RE DONE:  Come get a checklist from me!  (Last ten minutes, plus homework, if needed)

Homework:  Loose Ends Checklist!

Reading for College
Day Seven
November 6, 2012

When You Come In
1.      Please sign in on the clipboard.
2.     Please turn in your “Popular Mechanics” question.

1.      Talk about folder organization.
Section #
Textbook pages
Color-coded by week
Week One = yellow
Week Two = lime
Reading Journals, in date order!
On your own notebook paper; some typed;

2.     Get papers handed back, and organize them in your binder.

Focus for the Week:  Minimalism! 
1.      Raymond Carver’s “Popular Mechanics”
a.     Finish the tableaux.  (Make sure ONE person from the group hands in the COMPLETED lime sheet by the end of the block.  All group members’ names should be clearly listed at the top.  Please and thank you.)
b.     Discuss the question you had with your partners.
1.      6                        =                Morgan and Keri and Kaitlin B.
2.     7                         =                Michael and Allan and Sarah
3.     8                        =                Logan and Brittany and Bridget
4.     9                         =                Gabe and Zuleyma and Jenny
5.     10                      =                My model for you
6.     11                       =                Lauren  and Kaitlin W.
7.     12                       =                Christina and Clay

Present information to whole class.
1.      Sit on the heater, with your group.
2.     We (the audience) will have our story (and questions) out, and we will listen attentively.

Wrap Up:  Take a look at a wordle I created from the text of this story.

What is Minimalism?
1.      We’re going to pass the monkey around the room—toss it to someone with a hand up. 
2.     When you get the monkey, say ONE thing you noticed about the WRITING STYLE (anything the author/writer is doing in the text). 
3.     For example, I would say, “Carver uses a stripped-down vocabulary.  There are no difficult words.  The diction (word choice) is basic and simple.”  (Speak in PRESENT tense when we’re talking about literature.)
4.     I’ll make a list on the Big Screen, and I’ll print it for you, so you do NOT need to take notes over
5.      this.  Just pay attention to each other, and help me if I need it.
a.     cliffhanger/open-ended ending
b.     not much background info (leaves lots of questions)
c.     not much dialogue
d.     seems normal at beginning, but ends really weird; comple flip; irony?
e.     Very few details, but set the biggest idea in story
f.      Reader has to read  in between the text to get it.
g.     Vague (details, setting, outcome)
h.     Has a moral
i.       Symbols give whole new meaning; what are we being taught?
j.       Characters don’t have names.
k.     Simple of limited punctuation

Ernest Hemingway—“Cat in the Rain”
1.      Read and annotate the story.  (HOMEWORK, if you don’t finish in class)
2.     If you finish before 1:00, do the following
a.      underline examples of how Hemingway’s style is MINIMALISTIC
b.     start creating a list in the margins of elements of his style you believe are example of MINIMALISM.
c.     Then your vocab cards for the quiz Thursday, but please do not talk.
3.     @1:00  View Visual Representations—how can an image change and re-focus your thinking?

1.      Vocabulary
a.     Study your twelve words for the vocab quiz Thursday.
2.     Syllabus
a.     Read the syllabus.
b.     Paraphrase it for your parents, and tell them what we’ve been doing in class.
c.     Have them sign the top of the page, indicating they’ve got an idea of what class is all about.

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