Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thursday, April 11th, 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
Ø  Writing Lesson #5:          Connotation versus Denotation

Welcome to Creative Writing!                          
Ø Thursday, April 11th

When You Come In
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.     Get a dictionary off the heater, and place it ever so gently under your desk.

Big Idea for Today = Diction

U of I Writing Project (2nd Block Only)
a.     Open up your Earliest Memory.
b.    Save it with the new title I’m going to give you:  “Last Name—Earliest Memory).
c.     Save it in BOTH “MY DRIVE” and in the “U of I” folder.

Progress Check:  Death of Language Word List
Ø  Goal #1:  Get feedback on your work so far that will show you if you are on the right track for creating an excellent assignment, or if you need to dedicate more time and energy to this assignment between now and Monday (due at the START of class, when the tardy bell rings).
Ø  Goal #2:  Learn some new vocabulary words.
o   Handout #1:  Final Assessment (which we will fill out Monday)
o   Handout #2:  Progress Check (which you will complete and hand it today)
o   Share your list with your two assignment partners.
o   Make the magic happen, people!  J

Diction Practice = Free Rice (25 minutes)
Ø  Reminder #1:  Make SURE you click on the link on my blog for your class, and make sure that your class group is showing in the right corner of your screen when you play.  Otherwise, I cannot see your grains, and you will not receive any points.
Ø  Reminder #2:  Do not restart at Level 1 every time you play.  Start at the level you stopped at yesterday. 
Ø  DUE DATE: 5,000 grains by FRIDAY.

Writing Workshop:                       (30 minutes)
Death of Language (page 19)
1)     Read your peer conference comments.  Which answers are you strongest?  Which are your weakest? 
2)    Make revisions to these ten, if needed.
3)    Find and type rationales for your final ten words (twenty words total)
4)    Spend the first thirty minutes of class looking through the dictionary, the picking ten of your words out, and writing rationales for them. 
5)    By Monday—all twenty words are due, typed, and in the same format as you see in the examples on page 19.

Portfolio Slideshow Viewing

  • We spent the last twenty minutes viewing the Portfolio Slideshow (handout).
  • We filled out a little bit of the handout, and we talked about which projects looked like they required a lot of work, which projects were surprising, etc.


  • 5,000 grains on Free Rice by classtime tomorrow

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