Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Writing Lessons
Ø  Writing Lesson #1:          Avoid clichés!
Ø  Writing Lesson #2:          Use Precise Words.
Ø  Writing Lesson #3:          Use Vocabulary Variety.
Ø  Writing Lesson #4:          Revision

Welcome to Creative Writing!                                
Ø  Monday, April 8th

1.      Fill out your reflections on your orange turn-in packet.
2.     Have a neighbor check it for the correct order.  (If it’s not in order, you lose points.)  L
3.     Put your packet in your folder in the file cabinet, please—and thank you!

Writing Lesson #2:  Use Precise Words—DICTION!
1.      Find pairs of words that are synonyms, but put a very different picture in your mind.  Be ready to explain the difference.
2.     Can someone keep track for me of who talks?
a.     Scamper and scramble
b.    Sparkling and iridescent
c.     Dotted and freckled and spotted
d.    Plum and lavender
e.     Rumble and brawl
f.      Smooth and soft
g.    Murmur and whisper
h.    Stagger and waddle
i.      Gritty and sandy
j.      Shimmering and sparkling
k.     Wavy and ruffled
l.      Shout and yell
m.   Clear and transparent
n.    Transparent and translucent
o.    Crimped and crinkled
p.    Hurl and throw

Writing Lesson #4:  Revision
Around the Block Poem Revision Model

1.      Read the first draft.
2.     Read the second draft, highlighting every REVISION you see.
3.     Do not highlight EDITS, which are cosmetic corrections, not revisions.
4.  I’ll put you with a partner, and I want you to compare highlights.  If you missed any, add them to your paper now.
5.  Make a list on the right side of your paper, where you have that empty space.  List for me the KINDS OF REVISIONS you see Gracey made.
a.    Cut out words. --Austin
b.   Substitute words with good diction (take a boring or generic word out, and put a precise, specific one in)—Michelle
c.    Make more line breaks—Meredith
d.   Add words.
e.    Switch words/phrases/lines around.
f.     Make title stronger.
g.   Divide into stanzas.
6.    Finally, we’ll discuss your answers as a class—this is the model we are using to SHOW us how to revise our own Around the Block Poem to a second draft.
7.     Please put your name and the date at the top.  We will turn these in Friday, with our next turn-in packet.  Thanks!

 Writing Workshop
Ø  Use your Vocabulary Variety sheet, and revise your Around the Block Poem to a Second Draft that I will read and comment on them.

Revising to a Second Draft (30 minutes)
1.      Read your comments from your partner, then make at least fifteen 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.
g.  Divide into stanzas, if desired.  
h.  Create more line breaks, if necessary.
2.     When you think you’re done, click on “FILE”, then “SEE REVISION HISTORY”.
3.     Count how many revisions you made—do you have at least fifteen? 
4.     NOTE:  EDITS (cosmetic corrections) should be made but they do NOT count as any of your fifteen REVISIONS.
5.     Make sure you have it shared with me.
6.     See me when you finish for some exciting vocab practice news!  J

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