Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday, 12/10/2012

Monday, 12/11—Day Twenty-Eight

When You Come In
1.      Sign in, please.
2.     Make sure you have your yellow “Making Titles that are Better Than This One” in your hand.

Writing Assignment:  Free Write #2
1.      Write for a full ten minutes on any topic of your choosing.
2.     I am the only person who will read this.
3.     For those of you who already have an idea, start writing!
a.          What I’m looking forward to at Christmas
b.         Who I’m going to see at Christmas
c.          Snow
d.         The weather
e.          What you did this weekend
f.           Venting—let everything out you want to let out
g.         My portfolio
4.     For those of you who need an idea, let’s brainstorm.
5.     Start = 9:54                                                                         End = 10:04

Writing Lesson #1:  Making Strong Titles
1.      Why does it matter? (page 37)
2.     Get the worksheet back.
a.     Which titles did you think were cliché? Why?
b.     Which titles did you think were strong?  Why?
c.     How do we APPLY this lesson?  We create a strong title for every piece of writing we do, in this class, in another class, and in your college classes.
3.     Let’s look at your new and improved titles on google drive.

Writing Lesson #2:  Line Breaks (Endline and Enjambment)
1.      Discuss the poems you broke with a partner last week.
a.     Why did you break the lines where you did?
b.     Why did the writers break the lines where they did?  (originals)
2.     What’s the difference between an end-stopped line, and enjambment?  (p. 36)
3.     What techniques have you been using in the poems you’ve written?

Writing Lesson Review
1.      Avoid clichés.
2.     Diction = Word Choice—ONE WORD CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
3.     Use precise, exact, specific words (not generic terms, or relative terms).
4.     Use your red Vocabulary Variety sheet!  Let’s take a look at several different categories, and see how one word can make a difference.  One word can put an image in your reader’s mind.

Writing Assignment:  Autobiographical Poem (pages 38-9)
1.      Models:  Kyle Smothers and Martha Hernandez
3.     At the end of twenty-five minutes, save and share with me only (Kerrie Willis).

Take a copy of the rubric now, but don’t fill it out!  Today is only draft one!  J

When You finish your poem, do the following:
1)    Read over the rubric, and see where you are so far.
2)    Make sure you have at least one of each of the following:
a.    COLOR.
b.   SOUND.
c.    TEXTURE.
3)   Use a more interesting word than “sibling of”.
4)   Use a more interesting word then “resident of”
5)   Look over your red sheet—Vivid Vocab—to see if anything there sparks your writing
6)   Write me a sentence at the TOP of your poem that says, “Ms. Willis, please comment on my (1)______________ and (2)____________.

·       Portfolio  (Due Friday, January 11th—7 days after we come back from break; 16 days from today)

College-Prep Reading
Day 27

When you come in
1.      Please sign in.
2.     Your Dark Ages notes were due, shared with me, by classtime today.
3.     We will have the vocabulary quiz after lunch.

·      Big Picture Reminder:  Keep listening and looking now for resonances, echoes, patterns.

What is Culture?
·      The word culture   has many different meanings.  For some it refers to an appreciation of good literature, music, art, and food.  For a biologist, it is likely to be a colony of bacteria or other microorganisms growing in a nutrient medium in a laboratory Petri dish.  However, for anthropologists and other behavioral scientists, culture is the full range of learned human behavior patterns.  The term was first used in this way by the pioneer English Anthropologist Edward B. Tylor in his book, Primitive Culture, published in 1871.  Tylor said that culture is "that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society."  Of course, it is not limited to men.  Women possess and create it as well.  Since Tylor's time, the concept of culture has become the central focus of anthropology.
·      Culture is a powerful human tool for survival, but it is a fragile phenomenon.  It is constantly changing and easily lost because it exists only in our minds.  Our written languages, governments, buildings, and other man-made things are merely the products of culture.  They are not culture in themselves.  For this reason, archaeologists cannot dig up culture directly in their excavations.  The broken pots and other artifacts of ancient people that they uncover are only material remains that reflect cultural patterns--they are things that were made and used through cultural knowledge and skills.

Consider the pendulum….

Historical Overview (On the White Board)—Please get out your blue Literary Eras sheet.
1.      THE CLASSICAL PERIOD                                (1200 BCE - 455 CE)
2.     THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD                                 (455 CE-1485 CE)
3.     THE RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION      (c. 1485-1660 CE)

Connect Some Dots!  J
1.      What’s happening with the pendulum?
2.     Start with the Classical Period, and compare it to the Medieval Period.
3.     What do you think we will see in the Renaissance and Reformation Era?

Take the vocabulary quiz.

Classwork(?)/Homework—The Renaissance and Reformation

Nominate one person  as a “biggie” (influential human) in THREE of the following categories, during the Renaissance and Reformation:
1.      Writer
2.     Musician
3.     Scientist
4.     Philosopher
5.     Legislator
6.    Artist
7.     Architect
8.    Scholar
9.    Religious person

Enter your nominations here:

Dark Ages Notes
1.      Let’s take a look at a few ways to organize them.
2.     If you can see visually your notes are meaningfully organized, move on to viewing the next segments of The Dark Ages videos.
3.     If you (and I) cannot see a meaningful organization in your notes, organize them now, then re-share them with me, so I know to grade your re-organized copy, and not your old copy.
4.     View three more segments, and take notes.

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