Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday, 1/31/2013

Welcome to Creative Writing! 
Happy Thursday—January 31, 2013
Two-Hour Delay Schedule (Snow and Ice)

When You Come In
Ø  Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
Ø  Please put WE#6 face-down on the podium.  Thank you!

Sharing:  Remaining Cliché Trio Stories
Ø  2nd:  Brett and Eric
Ø  4th:  None

Writing Lesson #4:  Connotation versus Denotation
1)     Get out your Vocabulary Variety sheet, and look at the pairs you picked out--words that are synonyms, but that create different images in your mind.
2)     Think about which one sounds more positive, and which one sounds more negative.  (Not all pairs will work in this way, but we’ll take a look at a few.)
a.     Sweet and sugary
b.     Crowded and cluttered
c.     Squawk and screech
d.     Trot and gallop
e.     Rotund and chubby
f.      Unripe and raw
g.     Sulfur and butterscotch
h.     Oily and buttery
3)     Overweight” (loaded word)—spectrum from positive to negative
4)    Connotation versus Denotation—“Booger” Discussion

Writing Lesson Practice, Activity 1
What Are You Suggesting? (page 21)
1.      You’re going to attack this assignment with a partner I’ve selected for you.
2.     Use your Vocab Variety sheet for help, as needed.

Reminders About Your Work with Your Partner
and About Your Responses
1.      Be appropriate and kind.
2.     We’ll share out with the whole class.

                  MORE POSITIVE                               MORE NEGATIVE  
Brilliant examples from class:
1.      Deafening                                                ear-splitting
2.     Aromatic                                                   perfumed
3.     Fragrant                                                     aromatic                                 
4.     Fragrant                                                     pungent
5.     Cold                                                              icy
6.     Bookish                                                     nerdy
7.     Transparent                                            clear
8.     Whisper                                                    murmur
9.     Fuzzy                                                           hairy
10.   Speechless                                             mute
11.    Tangy                                                          vinegary
12.   Cinnamon                                                 ginger
13.   Smart                                                          intelligent
14.   To creep                                                    To stalk                           
15.   Glowing                                                    bright
16.   Sneaky                                                       creepy
17.   Fragile                                                        tender                
18.   Petite                                                          Tiny
19.   Hilarious                                                   funny
20.  Unique                                               Goofy
21.   Creative                                                     Imaginative
22.   Arrogant                                           Stuck-up
23.   Sandy                                                 Gritty
24.  Intelligent                                         Smart
25.   Shout                                                          Yell
26.  Scorching                                                 Flaming
27.   Dull                                                               Boring
28.  Bland                                                           Tasteless
29.  Energetic                                                 Hyper
30.  To deteriorate                                      To Rot

Last Five Minutes
1.      Review expectations for tomorrow.
2.     Create an “A” answer together as a class for one of the Death of Language Words you’ve already chosen as one of your twenty.

Writing Assignment:  Death of Language (page 19)
1)     Explanation of assignment
2)     Discussion of “A” models
3)     Why you’re using dictionaries for this assignment
4)    Workshop time = Twenty full minutes right now to browse the dictionary
5)     Today—Come up with one solid “A” answer as a class, so we know what we’re shooting for tomorrow!
6)    By Monday—all twenty words are due, typed, and in the same format as you see in the examples on page 19

Here are some rough examples of what a detailed answer could look like for this assignment:

2nd BLOCK!
To scrump:  Imagine how fun it would be to call someone a “scrumper”.  I’d like to be able to insult someone, but not terribly.The word itself is just fun to say.  I’m going to want to steal from other villages to survive after the apocalypse, so I need to know how to SCRUMP. 

3rd Block
·       I picked it because the word doesn’t just mean your brother; it can be friendship, too. The people you play sports with can become your brotherhood.  It’s love between two men that doesn’t have a romantic component.  When you have chemistry, and you know your teammate will do whatever it takes, and you can count on each other, that’s  brotherhood.  Someone in your brotherhood will never let you down.

4th Block
Family:  I’d keep this word because it has many meanings:  closeness, best friends, together, happiness, trust, love, and strength.  The word makes me think of the time I pushed my brother off the pool, and he dragged me in with him.  I think of all the vacations and road trips—we were all together.  Now that my brothers are at college, I realize how important it was to be together.

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