I blog each day about what we did in class. If you're absent, you can find out what you missed here. If you're merely absent-minded, you can re-live class here. :-) Homework is listed as well.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Thursday, 2/14/13--Happy Valentine's Day! :-)
ØWriting Lesson #1:Avoid clichés!
ØWriting Lesson #2:Using Precise Words
ØWriting Lesson #3:Vocabulary Variety
ØWriting Lesson #4:Connotation versus Denotation
ØWriting Lesson #5:Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry
ØWriting Lesson #6:Writing and
ØWriting Lesson #7:Paragraphing
ØWriting Lesson #8: Making Strong Titles
Welcome to Creative Writing!
Happy Thursday, February 14th,
Happy Valentine’s Day,
Note About Your Conferences Yesterday
ØWow—I am proud of the work you did on
those conferences over the Musical Memories.You did what I asked you to do thoughtfully and carefully, and your hard
work showed on paper from the comments you made.Thank you for your solid work.
ØWe will spend several days next week
revising, so we will come back to your Musical Memory at that time.
1.Select ONE of the following to type on
for fifteen minutes.
2.When I call time, please print to the
3.I’m the only one who will read it.
ØIn some cultures, marriages are
arranged.The parents, sometimes with
the aid of a matchmaker, choose mates for their children.If your parents had to choose a mate for you,
what kind of characteristics and qualities do you think they would look
for?How would your parents’ choices
differ from your own?
Darkness and Light
Ø“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love
can do that.”
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King was a pacifist and believed that hatred and prejudice
could be fought with love.
Do you agree with him?
Do you think that in all
situations a peaceful response is the correct one?
1.Expectations for Leaving the Room, and
Being in Small Groups
2.Handout:Small Sharing Group Prep Worksheet
3.Paper pass-back and folder log in!
Sharing Groups--How They Work; Why We Use Them; What I Expect
We are going to get into
small sharing groups, and here’s why:
1.It’s sometimes daunting to read your
work in front of the whole class.But
reading to three or four other people can be a lot easier, more relaxed.
2.Hearing your work out loud can change
the way you view it—you hear things you aren’t aware of when you’re simply
reading over it in your head.
3.Your classmates have written some
powerful pieces, some funny pieces, some thoughtful pieces.I think it’s important that they have an
audience (more than just me) for these pieces.
to do in your small sharing group:
1.Let the leader keep things moving.
2.Have someone else keep track of what
is shared on the handout I give you.
3.Start with someone, anyone.
a.That writer tells the group WHAT
he/she is reading, and WHY he/she has chosen to read it.
b.Then the writer reads!
c.Group members listen carefully.
d.When the author finishes, applaud,
and then have each person in the group make one positive, specific comment
about the work.
4.Now the next person in the circle
share a piece, and so on, until everyone has shared once.Start the circle again with piece #2, then
piece #3, then piece #4, if time allows.
5.Have someone responsible for getting
the whole group back in the room by __________ regardless of whether or not
you’re finished sharing.
before you get into your groups:
1.Have you reminded yourself to treat
everyone with the utmost courtesy and respect?
2.Do you have your folder and your pink
sheet?That’s where your list and your
stuff are, including WHY you’re sharing these pieces.
the Bell Rings:
ØTuck your blue and pink sheets (and gold) in your folders, then
hand them to me on the way out.