Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday, April 17th, 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:          Vocabulary-Building:
Ø  Writing Lesson #6:          Connotation versus Denotation
Ø  Writing Lesson #7:          Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry

Welcome to Creative Writing!                          
Ø Wednesday, April 17th

When You Come In
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.     Turn in your packet (dated 4/15/2013) if you haven’t done so.
3.     Pick up the handout:  “I Am a Russian Tailor”/Second Draft (Revision) and Peer Conference

Here is the handout I gave in class today:

 “I Am a Russian Tailor”  
Second Draft (Revision) and  Peer Conference

Directions for this Checklist:
·       As you complete each item below, mark a line through it.  This way, you will make sure you complete ALL steps. Be organized.

1)               Warm-Up
·       Let’s take a look at your best lines so far!  J

2)              Writing Lesson #7:  Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry
·       Let’s read these questions aloud.
·       Circle the FOUR questions that will help you create a second draft of this poem.

3)              Revising Your Poem
1.      Pull up your poem on google drive.
2.     Get out your Vocabulary Variety sheet!
3.     Spend fifteen minutes doing all of the following:  (Note:  you must do ALL the following to receive full credit for this assignment.)
a.     Read the poem slowly to yourself.
b.     Answer all four questions you asked yourself from the Advice on Revising and Editing Poetry handout.
c.     Add color.
d.     Add a sound.
e.     Re-arrange/re-order lines, as needed, for best effect.  This means grouping similar-topic lines together.
f.      Change any line breaks to reflect how you want each line read.
g.     Look over your Vocabulary Variety sheet to see which words you might use to be more precise and descriptive in your poem.
h.     Give this poem a strong title.

4)              With Me on the Big Screen
1.      Let’s talk about what kinds of comments you should make on a peer conference.
2.     Where’s your Advice on Revising and Editing Poetry?!  Wave it at me like a flag!  J

5)              Peer Conferencing
1.      Share your poem with the people I’ve assigned you.
2.     Read the people’s poems I’ve assigned you.
3.     Leave ten peer conferencing comments per poem!  Use your poetry questions sheet for help with what you should comment on!  Here are things you can also comment on:
o   Where did the writer use PRECISE language?
o   Has the writer avoided clichés, unless he/she is trying to be funny?
o   Where did the writer put a picture in your head (imagery)?
o   Does the title add a dimension to the piece?
o   Is there a place where the writer could have used Vocabulary Variety?
o   Are there editing concerns that need to be addressed?

2nd Block:  Ty, Tory and Kendal—you are partners for today’s peer conferencing.
3rd Block:  Ashley and Holly—you are partners for today’s peer conferencing.

How I’ll Grade Today’s Work: 
1.      Did you SHARE the poem with me?
2.     I will click on “File”, then “See Revision History”
a.     Did I find colored evidence that you completed all items above?
b.    Did you make AT A MINIMUM ten comments, either in the margins using insert comment, or in the poem itself?
c.     Did you edit your partner’s poem to the best of your ability?

KW:  Read and comment on Autobio Poems.

IF you finish early = Diction Practice = Free Rice
1.      Make sure you’re playing in our class group!
2.     10,000 grains are due by classtime Friday.

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