Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Creative Writing Survey Reflection

Welcome to Creative Writing!
Ø  Happy Thursday, September 12, 2013

When You Come In
1.     Please sign in.
2.    Please grab your folder off the back wooden table.

1.      What pieces are in your folder?  Let’s list them here:
a.     Free Write #1
b.    Free Write #2
c.     WE#1—Around the Block Poem (on google drive)
d.    Cliché Trio Story
e.     WE#2—Dinner Party; Leaver/Leavee
f.      WE#3—(on google drive)
g.     WE#4—Earliest Memory Paragraph and Poem
h.    WE#5—I have it, if you handed it in.
i.      Six-Word Memoirs         
j.      (Starting at 11:29; @ 11:43—need a few more minutes)
2.     Go to my blog, and fill out the form there (three questions)

Grade Check
1.      Review your grade on powerschool. 
2.     If a grade is bolded, click on it to see the memo I left you.
3.     If you have a zero for anything, and you have it ready right now, you may print it now.  I’ll send someone down to pick everything up in a bit.
4.     Play free rice, if you finish with all of the above.
5.    Please UPDATE your freerice grains and current best level on the red sheet in your folder.  Change the date on your red sheet to today’s:  9/12/13.  Thank you!

Free Write #3
1.      Write for ten minutes on any topic of your choosing.
2.     Use Writing Resistance topics in your book on page 10, IF you choose to.
3.     “A” = writing for the full ten minutes; name, date and label at the top of your paper                               Start @ 11:54; end @12:04-ish
Progress Check:  Death of Language Word List
Goal #1:  Get feedback on your work so far that will show you if you are on the right track for creating an excellent assignment, or if you need to dedicate more time and energy to this assignment between now and Monday.
Goal #2:  Learn some new vocabulary words.
1.    Handout #1:  Final Assessment (which we will fill out Monday)
2.    Handout #2:  Progress Check (which you will complete and hand it today)
3.    Share your list with your two assignment partners.
4.    Make the magic happen, people!  J

Vocabulary-Building:  Free Rice—Play until everyone finishes the progress check; then we will shift gears for the rest of class.
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 17,000 grains, or until I call time.  Thanks!

1.      Death of Language
2.     Free Rice

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Howdy, College-Prep Reading!
Thursday, September 12th, 2013

When You Come In
1.      Sign in.
2.     Pick up extra Vocab War sheets, if needed. 
3.     Write your name on “It’s Greek to Me”, then put in on my circle table, please.
4.     Get out your “Gods and Goddesses” notes.

Backbone Literature:  Greek Mythology

8:15-8:50--College-Prep Note-Taking
·      History Channel’s Gods and Goddesses
o   How are you connecting all the dots from our Greek myth study?
o   Lesson:  What is a motif?  (handout from Tuesday)

You did a solid job with your academic conversations Tuesday on the motif sheet!  Well-done!

8:43-9:00:  Trio Discussion:  Professor Foster’s Chapter, “It’s Greek to Me”.
1.      In your trios from the motif sheet work, compare annotations.  Have one person type the vocab words and definitions you looked up.
2.     Have another person type in the allusions (references to things with which we are supposed to be familiar).
3.     Third person—help the typists find what they need in the their notes.
4.     9:00--Now, as a whole class, let’s discuss what you’ve entered on the spreadsheets.

9:15:  Classwork/Homework:  Finish Reading Professor Foster’s Chapter, “It’s Greek to Me”.
5.     Annotate the rest of the reading.  Try not to get overwhelmed by all the references.  Plod on through!  There’s a lot here about HEROS and THE TROJAN WAR, our last area of study in Greek Mythology, so check the allusions, and start getting an idea who these folks are.
a.     Look up and define in your annotations words you do not know.
b.    Look up and note allusions (references with which the writer assumes the reader will be familiar).  Wiki is a friend for this type of thing.
c.     You annotations should look AT LEAST as detailed as the model I show you on the big screen.
6.    The vocabulary you research will be our next set of vocab words.


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