Thursday, January 24, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Welcome to Creative Writing! 
Happy Friday—January 25, 2013

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

We’re going to continue this lesson Monday, but I want to remind you what our focus is for the next week. 

Writing Lesson:  Choosing Precise Adjectives (p. 17)
1)     Revise the sentences here to create a precise image in each sentence.
2)    Trade for two smileys and initials.
3)    Trade THREE TIMES.
4)    Share your STRONGEST answer when your number comes up.

Writing Lesson #3:  Diction
Vocabulary Variety (pink handout)
1)     Put it someplace prominent and safe in your binder.
2)    Use it anytime you have a writing assignment.
3)    I need two volunteers, one at each door.
4)    Find pairs of words that are synonyms, but put a very different picture in your mind.  Be ready to explain the difference.
a.     Scamper and scramble
b.    Plummet and drop
c.     Sparkling and iridescent
d.    Dotted and freckled and spotted
e.     Dove gray and steel gray
f.      Mushy and spongy
g.    Racket and clamor
h.    Inaudible and faint
i.      Spoiled and rotten

W/Me in the Library When You Get the Card
Ø Read your Earliest Memory Poem aloud to me.
Ø Make a note about three possible revisions to make next week.

Ø Reminder:  The only acceptable places to be on your computer today are as follows:
o  The blog
o  The sites/links on the blog
o  An online dictionary or synonym finder
o  Google drive
o  Pandora
Ø If LAN School tells me your any place else, you will receive a zeros for all assignments today.

Reading and Writing Assignment: 

The Six-Word Memoir    
Ø  Use your Vocabulary Variety sheet!


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.

Reading #1            (Fifteen Minutes)
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)  On google drive, you will probably have to click on "Collections Shared with Me", then DRAG our Creative Writing class folder on top of/into your "My Drive" so you can access this.  Help each other with this, please!  You MUST get this working today so you can access the shared document and type in your three favorite six-word memoirs.
5)    Type your THREE FAVORITE classroom appropriate six-word memoirs IN OUR CLASS FOLDER in google drive in the document named, “Favorite Six-Word Memoirs”.

Writing #1              (Fifteen Minutes)
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.  THESE ARE ORIGINAL SIX-WORD MEMOIRS, CREATED BY YOU RIGHT NOW.
2)    Grading Criteria:
a.     Use PRECISE words.
b.    Use your VOCABULARY VARIETY sheet for help.
c.     Type all three memoirs on the same page.
d.    Give each memoir its own title (which doesn’t count in your six words).
e.     Use the MLA heading.
f.      Print to the Media Center (but don’t go get it).

Lecture and Quiz--Let's See What You Know!     (Ten minutes)
1)     Listen to the lesson at this link:

2)     Take the quiz to see if you understood the main points of the lecture.
3)     E-mail me your quiz score.

Last Fifteen Minutes:  Reflection and Organization
1)     Paper Pass-back
2)  Organize your packet due Monday.
2)    Get back your turn-in packet from last week.
3)    Read my comments over the following pieces:
a.     Free Write #1
b.    Writing Experiment #2
c.     Free Write #2
d.    Earliest Childhood Memory Poem
Ø  I did not read Writing Experiment #3.
1)     Review my comments on your pieces.
2)    Consider anything I’ve said to you this week during a lesson or during a class discussion.
3)    From your GOOGLE MAIL, E-mail me (Do NOT send me a shared document that I have to open!  Please and thank you!) your responses to the following:
e.     What is one comment I made to you (or to the class in general) that you felt was helpful to you personally as a writer?
f.      What is one thing you’d like me to help you with next week, or help you learn how to do more effectively?  OR What is one assignment you’d like us to have?


  • NONE!  (Unless you've been absent and need to make up an assignment from the green sheet I handed out in class today!)

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