Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday, September 18th, 2013

AP English Peeps
Howdy, and Happy Thursday!
September 19th, 2013

When You Come In
1.      Lay the following on my table, please:
a.     Vocab Card bag, with your name on a sticky-note
2.     Your metaphor was also due today, but we will look at them tomorrow.
3.     Grab a quote sheet and tape off the usual desk.  J

2:02-2:12--Journal Quote (Today’s Theme:  Poetry)
·      Write for ten minutes on ONE of the following quotes. 
·      Write the quote you’ve chosen at the top of your journal page

 “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
--Leonardo da Vinci--Italian draftsman, Painter, Sculptor, Architect and Engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal;

 “Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.”
 --Kahlil Gibran--Lebanese-born American philosophical essayist, novelist and poet; 1883-1931

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.”
--Emily Dickinson--American Poet;  1830-1886

Review:  How can we respond to a quote?
Ø  COMMENT:           Disagree (in part or in whole).
Ø  QUESTION:           Ask a question.
Ø  COMMENT:           Agree (in part or in whole).
Ø  LANGUAGE:          Respond to both the LITERAL and the FIGURATIVE meaning.
Ø  CONNECT:                        …to something in your own life or experience.
Ø  CONNECT:                        …to something else you’ve read or viewed.
Ø  Start at 2:02; end at 2:12

Journal Entry Explanation
1.      Share with a NEW person today.  Write your partner TWO specific comments, and aim for academic language in your writing.
a.     At least two detailed sentences
                                      i.     Agree.
                                    ii.     Tell him/her if the journal made you think of a new idea/or something you hadn’t considered.
                                   iii.     Add on to an idea he/she says.
                                   iv.     Compliment their vocabulary—diction!
                                    v.     Disagree, respectfully.  J
                                   vi.     Create a spiffy illustration (like a crouching cat).
b.    Signed by you

Poetry Sharing
·      Onomatopoeia Poems!
o   Write your FAVORITE word from his/her poem
o   Write one nicely-constructed, academic sentence about a strength of his/her poem.
o   Sign your name.
o   Pass to the author, when everyone’s done writing.

Poetry Spotlight =
Billy Collins and “Forgetfulness”
Billy Collins and “The Lanyard”

Writing Assignment:  Impossible Thank-You Poem
1.      Do you see how “The Lanyard” is an impossible thank-you poem?
2.     Check out the rubric for this assignment.
3.     Rough Draft         = due tomorrow for peer conference
a.     Typed
b.    Ready to share at 1:55 tomorrow
c.     Save in your personal google drive
d.    You will share with me and one other person at 1:55.
e.     E-mail me today if there is someone you would rather not be paired with for the peer conference (topic too personal, etc.)
4.     Final Draft            = due Monday; we will fill out the rubric in class

@3:00 = Vocab Work!
·     Pronunciation
·     Elaboration or clarification
·     Bingo

Study your words tonight, because tomorrow we play Slap It!  (You do not want to be unprepared for Slap It!)

Howdy, CPR!

Let’s Get Ready for the Exam!
1.   Please turn off you phone, and put it on the index card on the heater.
2.  Please pick up your Professor Foster article off the wooden table.  Leave it out on your desk to use during the exam, please.
3.  Sit where there is no one on either side of you.

Exam Turn-In
1.   Turn in your exam to my circle table.
2.  Turn in your Professor Foster article right next to it.

3.  Play free rice—20,000 grains due by Monday

Vocab Practice Links

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Welcome to Creative Writing!
Ø  Happy Thursday, September 19th, 2013

When You Come In
Ø Please sign in.

Writing Lesson #1:      Avoid clichés.
Writing Lesson #2       Use precise words--not general, relative, or vague ones.
Writing Lesson #3:      Diction matters.  Use Vocabulary Variety.
Writing Lesson #4:      Revision (Around the Block—1st to 2nd; final revision upcoming)
Writing Lesson #5:      Build your vocabulary—freerice!
Writing Lesson #6:      Connotation versus Denotation

1.     Read us your favorite six-word memory (from the website), and tell us why you like.  (Round One)
2.     Read us the original six-word memoir you’re sharing, and we’ll give you claps.  (Round Two)

Class Discussion Questions
1.     How did DICTION affect your writing of your original six-word memoirs?
2.     How will Free Rice practice help you use stronger diction when you write?

Writing Lesson #6:  Connotation versus Denotation
1.     Remember how we said some words are loaded, that they have baggage, that they have CONNOTATIONS that have to do with our own personal associations?
2.     Well, turn to page 19, to “Playing with Words”, then take a look at the examples I have on the big screen.  Do you see how people are basing their choices on the CONNOTATIONS of the words, instead of the DENOTATIONS?
3.     I’m going to give you five minutes to fill in as many words as you can.  You CAN USE any of the twenty words you listed for Death of Language.
4.     We’ll share out our best word from each category.
5.     Feel free to borrow!  Once you write them down, they’re yours to keep and use!  ;-)

Writing Experiment #9:  Autobio Poem
1.     Fifteen minutes to work in class; homework = fifteen more minutes to finish, then share this with me AFTER you finish it
2.     Can you show what you’ve learned in our previous lessons?

IF you finish early = Diction Practice = Free Rice

20,000 grains by Monday

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