Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Welcome to Creative Writing!
Friday--January 18, 2013

When You Come In
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.

Writing Experiment #2
Today you need to show me that you know how to get on google docs without asking everyone around you.  :-)
1.      Go to your google drive.
2.     Click on the red square that says "Create", then "Document".
3.     Head your paper with the MLA format, then start typing your writing experiment (directions below).

Writing Experiment #2:  Grateful/Break Up/Dinner
1.      Select ONE of the following choices to write about. 
2.     Type for the full twenty minutes.
3.    Type for at least one full, doublespaced page. 
3.     Print to the Media Center, but do NOT go get it.

DUE:  when our twenty minutes is up           Starting at ______; Ending at _______

No one will read this one but me.

#1:   I’m Grateful
v  Even the dreariest, most awful weeks aren’t bad twenty-four hours a day.  Think of a few things that have happened this week that you’re grateful for.

#2:  Breaking Up
Woody Allen once said,

“It’s better to be the leaver than the leavee.”

Do you agree?  Would you rather dump someone than get dumped yourself?  Which do you think is more painful?

#3:  Dinner Party
v  If you could invite any three people from any period in history to a dinner party (food, conversation), whom would you invite?  Describe each person, and explain why you chose him or her.

v  Read and comment on Around the Block Second Drafts.

Writing Lesson
1.      Clichés--page 12—what are they?  Why are they bad for our writing?
2.     Create anti-clichés (p. 12).  (Ten Minutes)            (Started ____; ending ____)
a.     It has to make sense! (be true)
b.     It has to be original.
c.     It has to put a picture in our heads!
If you’ve done your best work, and you have time leftover, read Earthbook quietly for enjoyment, and fill out page 6.
2.     Trade three times for smileys.
a.     Read your partner’s ten anti-clichés.
b.     Put a smiley and your initials by the TWO you feel are strongest.
3.     Everyone share his/her best anti-cliché.
4.     Skim and scan pages 13-14, and do the following.
a.      Put a question mark by clichés you don’t understand,
b.      Put a smiley by ones you like (even though they’re cliché).
c.      Put a check-mark by the ones you’ve heard gazillions of times.
5.      NOW:  Pair-share your responses.
6.      I’ll explain any that are still unclear.

Reading Assignment (page 6) and Earthbook
1.           Read and relax .  (This means you read for enjoyment.  J  )
2.          If you’re reading a piece, and you stop enjoying it, turn the page!
3.          Did you find a piece you though was really strong?  Or really funny?  Then record it on page 6. 

v  Turn-in Packet Explanation, plus fifteen minutes to get things in order.

Writing Experiment #3:  Homework for Monday
(Save it on your desktop now, if you don’t have internet at home.)

·       Select one of the following writing prompts.
·       Type for 1 - 2 doublespaced pages.  (Don’t stop at exactly a page!)
·       Don’t forget to paragraph!  Guess why?  J

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.

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.

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?

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