Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Late Start Due to Weather

BLOCK 2                   1:15 – 2:15
BLOCK 4                   2:20 – 3:20

When You Come In
1.     Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.    Pick up the handout called “Poetry—Commenting, Revising and Editing” from the circle table”.

Vital Information About Class
1.     The Blog:
2.    Bookmark this site now.
3.    Take the oath of I-promise-I'll-never-come-in-and-ask-you-"Did we do anything when I was absent yesterday?"  :-)

Around the Block—Sharing and Peer Conferencing

Peer Conference Preparation
1.     Take a look at a sample peer conferences--solid examples of excellent conferences.
a.    On paper
b.   On computer
2.    Discuss how to COMMENT on google drive.
3.    Read the Poetry—Commenting, Revising and Editing sheet.
4.   Put a star by three questions you want answered about your poem.
5.    Type those three questions at the top of your Around the Block poem.
6.    Share your poem on google docs with the person I assign you.

Peer Conferencing
1.     Read your partner’s three questions, so you know what they most want you to comment on.
2.    Using the COMMENT function, make at least TEN comments on each other’s poems.
3.    When you think you’re done, count your comments in the right margin, to make sure you have ten.
4.   Finally, answer each of the questions your partner typed.  Type your answer underneath each question.

Vocabulary Variety Handout—for all those occasions when everyday vocab just won’t do!

Revising to a Second Draft
1.    Read your comments, then make at least ten revisions to your poem to make it stronger.  Here’s what you can do to revise:
a.     Add words
b.     Delete words
c.      Switch words and lines around
d.     Take out one word, and substitute a stronger one
e.     Make a strong title.
f.      Make all your line breaks strong.
2.     When you think you’re done, click on “FILE”, then “SEE REVISION HISTORY”.  Count how many revisions you made—do you have at least ten?
3.     Share it with me (“Kerrie Willis”) on google docs ONLY if you didn’t do so on Friday.
4.     Bag your computer.

Reading Assignment (page 6) and Earthbook
1.           Read and relax .  (This means you read for enjoyment.)  :-)
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. 

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