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.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Welcome to Creative Writing!
Happy Tuesday!—February 5, 2013
When You Come In
1)Yes, I know it smells like poo!I don’t know why!L
2)Please sign in.
3)Please turn in your packet to the file cabinet folder.
4)Please read over my comments on your six-word memoirs (on your
desk), then put that packet in a safe place.
Free Write #4(10-15
1.Write for ten to fifteen minutes in any format, over any topic.
2.Use page 11, if you need help getting ideas.
3.If you run out of steam on one idea, draw a line, and start a new
4.Keep writing constantly—do not sit and think (or space off, but
tell yourself you’re thinking).J
5.Start @ 9:55; end @ 10:10-ish
diction affect your writing of the six-word memoirs?
2.Share one of
yours aloud now for claps.
Writing Lesson #4:Connotation versus Denotation
1)Remember how we said some words are loaded, that they have baggage, that they have CONNOTATIONS that have to
do with our own personal
2)Well, turn to page 22, to “Playing with Words”, then take a look at
the examples I have on the big screen.Do you see how people are basing their choices on the CONNOTATIONS of
the words, instead of the DENOTATIONS?
3)I’m going to give you five minutes to fill in as many words as you
can.You CAN USE any of the twenty words
you listed for Death of Language.
4)We’ll share out our best word from each category.
5)Feel free to borrow!Once you
write them down, they’re yours to keep and use!;-)
Writing Experiment #9:
Ghosts, Monsters and Bullies (poem)
What did you fear when you were young?
Tell me one thing you remember fearing when you were young:
Write a poem about one of your childhood fears.
1)Type a poem that tells a story about a time you were afraid as a child.
2)Name it “Your Last Name—WE#9--Childhood Fear Poem”
3)Use MLA format for heading.
4)Try to get at least twenty lines.
5)Use your pink sheet for help with diction!
6)This poem will be read by ONE other person in this room.
7)Work Time = scant 20 minutes
8)Starting @ 10:55-11:05?
**** Here's a model I read in class today:
I lay in
at the closet
for the door to open
will never see my family again
in the shadows, the dark and the night
to frighten me.
off to sleep
closet door moves
teeth, furry body, sharp claws
down to comfort me
me it’s just a dream
closet door closes
be back tomorrow night
ØOftentimes a story or poem begins by answering a question.Some questions make you want to write more
ØI will assign you a partner.
1)Share your poem with that person on google docs.
2)Carefully read your partner’s poem.
3)Make TWO POSITIVE COMMENTS.
4)At the bottom of the poem, TYPE THREE QUESTIONS you have about what’s
happening in the poem.
5)If you can’t ask three questions, then insert three more comments.
6)Make any editing corrections (cosmetic stuff) that you see need it.
PEER CONFERENCE, items #1-6 above.