Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Welcome to Creative Writing!                                
Ø  Happy Friday!  April 25th, 2013
Ø  Homework Due:  15,000 grains of free rice in the class group

When You Come In
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.     Please pick up the Small Group Prep form (pink).
3.     Please grab your manila folder off the heater.

1.      These are the dates we’re going to Stewart and Lincoln to work with our writing buddies.  Please don’t be absent.
a.     Tuesday, May 7th
b.    Tuesday, May 14th
c.     Wednesday, May 29th

Papers Back (on Your Desk)
Ø  Writing Experiment #9:  Rewind/Pause or Jumper
Ø  Mid-Terms

Small Group Prep
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!

Small Sharing Groups--How They Work; Why We Use Them; What I Expect
1.      We are going to get into small sharing groups, and here’s why:
2.     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.
3.     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.
4.     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.

What 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.

Questions 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.

Room Assignments
1.      148 (next to Flattery)
2.     144 (in between Kennedy and Brinning)
3.     149 (Zig’s)
4.     Sam’s Room

1.      Fill out the bottom part of your worksheet.
2.     Write your name on it.
3.     Put it on my table.
4.     Put all your papers back in your manila folder
5.     Put your manila folder in the folder holder on the heater.

Revision (Ten minutes, with your pink Vocab Variety sheet)
Ø  Six-Word Memoirs
Ø  Organize it into the U of I folder
o   Last Name—Six-Word Memoirs

Places You Can Be on Computer
1.      Google drive
2.     Online dictionary/synonym-finder
Ø  No music today—just ten quiet minutes to think and revise.
Ø  If you feel your six-word memoirs are perfect—a high standard—write another one.  Don’t forget the title.

1.      500-word minimum (not maximum)
2.     paragraphed for understanding
3.     honest attempt at clean editing
4.     Shared with me by 9:50 Monday (or not at all).

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