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, April 2, 2013
Tuesday, April 2nd
to Creative Writing!
April 2nd, 2013
back! I hope you had a wonderful break!
Before the Tardy Bell Rings
homework, you were to complete Writing Experiment #3, print
it (doublespaced and two-sided, with word count by your name
in parentheses), and turn it in to me when the
tardy bell rings today.
were not supposed
to be shared with me--but thanks anyway!
Free-Write #2 (Started
for a full ten minutes without stopping.
the only one who will read it.
topic, genre, and style are yours.
post topics here, for those of you who don’t have an idea.
Writing Experiment #4--Earliest
1.Get out a sheet of notebook paper and
something to write with.
2.Write “WE#4—Earliest Memory” at the top.
I’m going to tell you my Earliest Memory. As I share it with you, pay attention to the
details I am using. Write down any
details that have to do with the five senses.
My brother and I are in the black
tub. He sits at the back of
the tub, splashing, and I sit at the front of the tub, running my hands under
the water flowing from the silver faucet. I reach up, and I turn one of the
silver knobs all the way to the right. I
clamber out of the tub, and stand dripping on the black furry bathmat. Steam begins to rise off the water,
floating up towards the white ceiling. The
black and white wall tiles start to sweat.
I turn to look at my brother. The water is up to his belly, and he
holds his arms up and out in front of him, out of the water. His arms are like skinny white
pencils, thin as they are. Then
I see pink; his skin is pink on his chest, and his skin is pink on his neck,
and his whole face is turning pink. He
opens his mouth, and he hollers.
Mom rushes into the bathroom, scoops
him out of the tub and wraps him in a black towel. Bathtime is over.
Prepping to Write the
Earliest Memory Paragraph
1.Now you brainstorm some of your earliest
memories. Just make a list.
2.OR, if you’ve already committed to the early
memory you want to write about, list as many details as you can about it.
3.You pair-share with a partner—chat about your
ideas, ask each other questions, talk it out…. (2 minutes)
Typing Your First Draft,
and Revising to Second
1.Now, create a new google doc, and type a
paragraph or two about your earliest memory (ten-ish minutes) Started:
2.Please doublespace, since this is prose (not a
3.TELL ME WHEN YOU’RE DONE, PLEASE! J
4.When you finish your paragraph, type these questions at
the bottom of your piece.
a.What colors can I add?
i.EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR ANSWER SHOULD LOOK: I could add the color lavender when I talk
about my mom’s shirt.
b.What textures did I feel?
c.What sounds did I hear?
d.What’s my overall feeling about this memory?
e.Did I learn something from it?
f.Do I like remembering it?
5.Ask yourself these questions, then type your answers
under each question.
6.After you type your six answers, go back to your
paragraph(s), and add any details you need to, based on your answers (2nd
draft). (ten-ish minutes)