Monday, August 26, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Welcome, AP English Peeps!  J
·      Happy Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Ø  Record your information on the free rice tracking sheet.
Ø  Turn it in to your folder in the file cabinet.

Central Questions We Ask in This Class
1.      What does a good reader do?
2.     What does a good writer do?
3.     Are you talking to the text?
Ø  We’ve started answering these questions, and we will continue our work on these questions today.

1.      Review your annotations thus far.
a.     Glean- to extract from various sources
b.    Naïve- innocently dumb
c.     Buxom- plump
d.    Parlor- front sitting room/ formal living room
e.     Ephemeral- short lived
f.      Futile- useless
g.     Provincial- known for cultural stuff
h.    Protracted- lasting longer than expected
2.     Ask questions over last nights reading.
3.     Make clarifications.
4.     What is one take-away you have from the piece at this time?
5.     Was your BIOGRAPHICAL approach helpful in your reading this far?  Did it add to your understanding?
6.    What would Nabokov think about the BIOGRAPHICAL approach?

Independent Reading and Annotating
Ø  Continue reading and finish annotating (pages 15-8) Nabokov’s “Good Readers, Good Writers”.  (Don’t forget to breathe.)

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Welcome to Creative Writing!
Ø  Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

When You Come In
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.     Pick up the free rice tracking sheet.
3.     Turn-Ins--Please put the following in your folder in the file cabinet:
a.     Free rice tracking sheet, once you’ve filled it out
b.    Page 5
c.     Page 6

Vital Information About Class
Ø  REMINDER:  The Blog:
Ø  REMINDER:  Always access freerice from my link on the blog, to remind yourself to play in our class group.
Ø  REMINDER:  During classtime, use your computer as a tool, not a toy.

Big Picture:  Trust
Ø  ...the cornerstone of this class (page 1).

Writing Experiment #2
1.      Go to your google drive.
2.     Click on the red square that says "Create", then "Document".
3.     Head your paper with the MLA format (Look at your Around the Block poem, if you can’t remember.), then start typing your writing experiment (directions below).

Writing Experiment #2:  Grateful/Break Up/Dinner
1.      Select ONE of the following choices to write about.
2.     Type for the full twenty minutes.
3.     No one will read this but me.
4.     When I call time, do a word count of your document, and put type that in parentheses next to your name.
5.     Print to the Media Center, but do NOT go get it.  I will send one person down to collect them.
Starting at ______; Ending at _______

#1:   I’m Grateful
Even the dreariest, most awful weeks aren’t bad twenty-four hours a day.  Think of a few things that have happened this week that you’re grateful for.

#2:  Breaking Up
Woody Allen once said,

“It’s better to be the leaver than the leavee.”

Do you agree?  Would you rather dump someone than get dumped yourself?  Which do you think is more painful?

#3:  Dinner Party
If you could invite any three people from any period in history to a dinner party (food, conversation), whom would you invite?  Describe each person, and explain why you chose him or her.

Writing Lesson:  Clichés
1.     Clichés--page _____—what are they?  Why are they bad for our writing?
2.    Create anti-clichés (p. __11__).  (Ten Minutes)            (Started _12:52___; ending _1:02___)
a.    It has to make sense! (be true)
b.   It has to be original.
c.    It has to put a picture in our heads!
3.   Trade three times for smileys.
a.    Read your partner’s ten anti-clichés.
b.   Put a smiley and your initials by the TWO you feel are strongest.

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Howdy, College-Prep Reading!
Happy Tuesday—August 27th, 2013

When You Come In
Ø  Please initial next to your name on the clipboard
Ø  Grab a free rice tracking sheet, and fill it out.
Ø   2,500 grains of free rice due today
Ø  7,500 grains due by Tuesday, September 3rd—you’re welcome!  J

“How to Mark a Book” Class Discussion
1.     What are the three most meaningful ideas/words you drew from the reading?
2.    When we conclude our discussion, please put your name on your pages, and put them in your folder in the file cabinet.

Business/Handing Stuff In
1.      Record your information on the free rice tracking sheet.
2.     Turn in all the following to your folder in the drawer:
a.     Free rice tracking sheet
b.     “How to Mark a Book” annotations in your turn-in folder in the file cabinet.
c.     Whitman and LeGuin journal entries
Big Picture
1.      Syllabus (handout)
2.     Skills/Mid-Term Reflection (back of handout)
3.     Thinking Prompt:  What is a “literary movement”?  Can you think of ones you talked about in American Lit or American Novel?
a.     Transcendentalism (Romanticism)
b.    Puritan
4.     How Class Will Be Organized
b.    Reading Instruction
c.     Analysis—how to look at literature—variety of approaches
d.    Vocabulary

Ø  Put your first ten cards in the order on the sheet—quick like bunnies--and then we’re going to make the magic happen!
Ø  We spent fifteen minutes pronouncing the words, then discussing their meanings and uses.

Read and Respond
1.       “Interrogating Texts: Six Reading Habits to Develop in Your First Year at Harvard” (link on my blog)
2.      Read “Introduction: Thinking-Intensive Reading”
3.      Read #2:  Annotate.
4.      Head your paper “Harvard Intro and #2”, and date it with today’s date.
5.      Write or type a paragraph reaction to what you read, which includes one or more of the following:
a.      something you learned that will help you in this class and/or at college
b.      a connection to the Adler “How to Mark a Book” essay (required)
c.      a question you had
d.      something you agreed with
e.      something you disagreed with

Ø  Look up words you don’t know, and write their definition next to the word in the text you’re reading.
Ø  Wiki any references you’re unfamiliar with, so you have SOME idea what the writer is talking about.

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