Welcome to Creative Writing!
Ø Friday, August 23rd, 2013
And now for a word about using your computer as a tool, versus using it as a toy….
Writing Experiment #1--Around the Block
1. Writing Experiment
a. It’s a first draft.
b. Do your best work…
c. …but don’t agonize over it.
d. Work quickly!
e. Type your guts out!
2. Take a look at the requirements for this assignment.
Writing Experiment #1: Around the Block
Imagine you’re walking down a block in your neighborhood.
1. Write a poem in which you describe everything you see along the way, from puddles to pieces of trash, from lost gloves to chipped paint on the curb.
2. Requirements— (Started at _______-Ending at ______)
3. Use the five senses
a. texture (how things feel)
4. Break it into lines
5. Do NOT rhyme.
6. Spacing = up to you (EXCEPT MLA, which has to be doublespaced)
7. Twenty lines at least (twenty minutes to work)
8. Check out the models.
a. Models are not perfect examples.
b. Models are glimpses at how some people chose to approach this assignment.
9. Editing Lesson
a. MLA format for heading
b. Required on everything you hand in this term.
a. Sign into/Create your google account.
b. We’re typing here today, and for most of the term, so get comfortable!
c. Your assignment will save in google drive. Make sure you name it as follows: “Last Name—Around the Block”.
· After Lunch--You have ten minutes left to type your first draft.
· Look at the blog again to make sure you are meeting all the requirements for this poem.
· If you finish early, directions are below. Thank you! J
When You Finish Typing Your Poem
1. Do you have at least twenty lines?
2. DO NOT PRINT!
You have until 1:30—thanks!
Once you finish typing your poem, go back and look at the following; make any changes to make your poem stronger:
Ø Arrangement (changing order of the lines)
Ø Alignment (…on the left? …centered?)
Ø Spacing (..single? …double? What looks best?)
Ø Title (Does it add a dimension to the poem?)
· We free-riced the last twenty minutes of the block.
Homework for Monday: Donate at least 3,500 grains by classtime.
Howdy, College-Prep Reading!
Happy Friday, August 23rd, 2013
When You Come In
➢ Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
➢ Find a partner for the vocab quiz. We’ll eat pizza while we quiz—it will be magical!
Vocabulary-Building (2o minutes)
➢ Ninth-Grade Vocab Quiz in Pairs—oh yeah…. ☺
➢ One piece of notebook paper, two writers
➢ One person writes the vocab word, and one person writes the definition or synonym
Vocab Card Requirements (30 minutes)
➢ Word spelled correctly and neatly
➢ Part of speech underneath in parentheses
➢ Two synonyms you understand well OR a clear definition
➢ Picture to SHOW what word means
➢ In Your Journal (Draw a line, then add to your previous entry.)
Strategy: I used a reading strategy called phrasing, or chunking, where you break a long, complex sentence or paragraph into smaller, more manageable bits, to try to understand it better.
Journal Quote for Today’s Writing (ten minutes)
➢ The quote on the front of the book
Review: How can we respond to a quote?
➢ Connect:Relate to it by making a connection to yourself.
➢ Question: Ask a question(s).
➢ Comment: Agree with it, in part or in whole.
➢ Comment: Disagree with it, in part or in whole.
➢ Clarify: Say what you think it means.
➢ Connect: Relate to it by making a connection to something else you’ve seen or read.
1. Homework: Finish vocab cards—you will turn them in at the start of class.
2. Loose End: Turn in you and your partner’s vocab pre-quiz.
3. Starter: We will start with a peer response to your LeGuin journal.
Welcome, AP English Peeps! J
· Happy Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Homework for Monday
1. Finish reading and annotating “How to Mark a book” (if needed).
2. Donate at least 3,500 grains of rice.