Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Welcome, AP English Peeps!  J
·      Friday, September 6th, 2013

Ø  Sign in, lovelies.
Ø  Pick up your UNREAD journals off my circle table.  You need to write in them today.  Please leave them with me when you leave at 3:20. 
Ø  Exciting Update:  I got one done today!  J  I WILL have them all read and commented on by classtime Monday.

Homework Seed
Maximalism and Minimalism (handout)
1.      Let’s read this together, and then you stew about it a bit.
2.     Save your two sentences into our class folder by classtime Monday.

Ongoing Question
·      How do we get our brains to look at literature—and life in general—in new and illuminating ways?
o   Are Critical Approaches one answer?

Critical Approaches
1.      Use at least one approach on two of the stories we’ve read thus far.
2.     Explain your approach and your interpretation to the class.
3.     Start thinking about which approaches might work best for what types of reading (if any).
4.     Ten minutes to get ready for your SHORT presentation (four minutes)—2:15-2:25-ish
5.     (If you don’t need the prep time, please play free rice.)

1.      Take the quiz.
2.     Bring me your quiz.
3.     Play freerice in our class group, APillionaires.

1.   Maximalism and Minimalism sentences (saved in class folder by classtime Monday)
2.  Free Rice = 12,000 grains

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Welcome to Creative Writing!
Ø  Happy Friday, September 6th, 2013

When You Come In
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.     12,000 grains due on free rice on Monday, 9/9/2013

Writing Lesson #2:  Choosing Precise Adjectives (p. 14)
1.     Share your STRONGEST answer when your number comes up.

The only acceptable places to be on your computer today are as follows:
1.      The blog
2.     The sites/links on the blog
3.     An online dictionary or synonym finder
4.     Google drive
5.     Pandora
6.     Free Rice
**If LAN School tells me your any place else, you will receive zeros for all assignments today.

If you finish with everything listed on the blog to the best of your ability, then come see me.

Writing Experiment #4--Earliest Memory (Continue and Finish)

How to Turn Your Paragraph Into a Poem
1.      Remember my paragraph?  Now look at how I turned it into a poem.
2.     Here’s how I turned my earliest memory story into a poem.
3.     What do you notice?


Two babies
Up to their belly buttons
In the immense jet black tub
The girl steps out
Sees her brother, peachy-white
She sees the silver handle
Turns the knob
All the way
Towards the wall
Steam rises off the water
Drifting up to the white ceiling
Baby brother turning pink
Waving skinny little arms
Mom runs in
His savior

Creating Your Poem
1.      Writing Lesson:  Get out your Vocab Variety sheet, and USE IT TODAY!  :-)
2.     Leave everything on the page.  I want to see your paragraph(s), your questions and answers, and finally your poem.  All three are part of the grade.
3.     Now you turn your paragraph into a poem!
4.     Print it.  I’ll send someone to get them all in a bit, and then you can turn them in.  Yay!

Printing Reminders—Each and Every Time! 
1.      Have you doublespaced the whole story (no extra spaces between paragraphs though)?
2.     Have you paragraphed the story?
3.     Have you titled the poem?  (It can be singlespaced, to save space.)
4.     Do you have the MLA format for heading correctly in your upper left corner?
5.     Did you print front/back?

Vocabulary-Building:  Free Rice
1.      You need a big vocabulary to write precisely.
2.     Go to my blog, find “Creative Writing”, and click on the freerice link there.
3.     Change your level so that it’s at your best level, or a level or two below that.  DO NOT START OVER AT LEVEL ONE!  L
4.     Make sure you are playing IN the group, or your points won’t register with me.
5.     Play until you have 12,000 grains, or until I call time.  Thanks!

After Lunch
1.      Most people still have a way to go to get to 12,000 grains on free rice. 
2.     If you are working diligently on free rice, I will gladly give you the next chunk of time to work on it, because vocabulary is important to writing better, and to reading better.
3.     If you are past 12,000 grains, and you have something else you’d like to/need to work on, come see me.
4.     When Garrett gets back with papers, I will go through them.  If I’m missing yours, I’ll message you to re-print.  Otherwise, consider yourself golden for today!

1.   I’m going to have Kennedy and Colton pass out folders.  Please update your red free rice sheet.  You’ll need to change the date for “9/3” to today’s, 9/6.
2.  Thanks!
3.  E-mail me (google mail) with this sentence:  Last week, my level was ______; now it’s ______.

4. Put your folder back in the file cabinet, after you do that.

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Howdy, College-Prep Reading!
Friday, September 6th, 2013

When You Come In
1.      Sign in.
2.     Pick up extra Vocab War sheets, if needed.  Make Vocab War part of your daily life.
3.     12,000 grains of free rice are due Monday

Backbone Literature:  Greek Mythology

Big Idea
Ø  Listen for resonances, echoes, patterns:
o   Beauty
o   Balance
o   Revenge
o   Jealousy
o   Incest
o   What other motifs (repeated themes) are we hearing?
o   Sex
o   Trickery/deceit
o   Defiance
o   Severe punishment
o   Sons overthrowing fathers
o   Prophecy
o   Kidnapping
o   Swallowing problems

Importance of Beasts and Creatures
a.     Represented evil in conflicts between good and bad
b.    Gave mortals the chance to slay them and become heroes
c.     Offered so many answers and explanations for disasters such as shipwrecks and volcanoes

Beast/Creature Presentations
1.      Creatures
a.     Triton
b.    Pegasus
c.     Amazons
2.     Half-human, half-animal
a.     Centaurs
b.    Satyrs
c.     Gigantes
d.    Harpies
e.     Sirens
f.      Medusa  (Killed by Perseus)
3.     Monsters
a.     Typhon
b.    Pythos
c.     Cerberus               (Hercules had to fetch it as a labor.)
d.    Hydra                    (Hercules had to kill it; Hera made it a constellation.)
e.     Sphinx                  (Defeated by Oedipus)        
f.      Chimera                (Killed by Bellerophon)

Homework for Monday
Ø  Study your thirty vocab cards for a quiz.
Ø  Play freerice.  (12,000 grains due by Monday)
Ø  Update your Vocab War grid.

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