Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Welcome to Creative Writing!  J
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

When You Come In (Before Tardy Bell Rings)
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.     Off the circle table, grab the following:
a.     Manila folder
b.    Cliché Sharing Page One
c.     Cliché Sharing Page Two

Classtime = 9:20 – 10:20 Today

Ø  Get your WE#4 back and read my comments.
Ø  Here is what I want you to remind yourself about, based on my reading of your pieces:
1.      Thank you for trusting me with your real emotions.  I am honored that you feel you can share personal thoughts and feelings with me (and maybe with each other).
2.     I like what you are doing with paragraphing!  It’s obvious to me most of you are realizing someone else is going to read your work, and you owe it to me or them to take a few minutes to organize the paper with paragraphs.  If you see “No” next to your paragraphing, you still need to work on doing this.
3.     Always put your word count in parentheses next to your name, unless it’s a poem.
4.     A quarter of you still need to review MLA format; in the near future, you will lose points if you have that incorrect on your draft.

Ø  Some of you are getting back WE#2 or WE#3—whichever one you gave me to grade.
Ø  Here are my general comments:
1.      Those of you who had me read WE#3 were definitely using Vocab Variety.  I noticed you “upping your game”.
2.     Like I said Monday, I am impressed by your comments on your small group members’ stories—you were complimentary, specific, and constructive.  And your negative comments were things the writer could use to make the story better.  Well-done! 
3.     You need to create a strong title for everything you turn in, even if you know it’s only a working title.
4.     I did not edit your entire story.  I picked ONE grammar or editing issue, and I focused on that.  You focus on improving that for next time.

Quiet Work Time = Ten Silent, Productive Minutes (not ten rowdy, silly, whispery minutes)

Ø Thing #1:  Make sure you can answer “YES” to the following six statements below.
Cliché Trio Story Requirements/Grading
1.      Yes                        No       We used as many clichés as possible to create a fictional story.
2.     Yes                        No       We boldfaced the clichés so they stand out from the story.
3.     Yes                        No       We used least four sentences of dialogue in quotation marks.
4.     Yes                        No       Type between one and one and a half pages.
5.     Yes                        No       We doublespaced our story.
6.     Yes                        No       We used paragraphs to indicate shifting ideas.

STARTED @ 9:31; ending at 9:41

Ø Thing #2:  Free Rice
Vocabulary-Building:  Free Rice
1.      You need a big vocabulary to write precisely.  This term, we’re going to work specifically on building your vocabulary.
2.     Go to my blog, and click on the “Creative Writing Free Rice” link on the right side of the blog.
3.     Do you see our class group name above your bowl of rice?  That’s the only way to know for sure you’re in the group.
4.     You need to donate 5,000 grains by Thursday, November 7th.
5.     Guess what free rice has to do with diction?!

When You Play, Every Time
1.      Go to “Change Level”, and change it to two levels below your best.
2.     Do NOT start over from “1” every time.  You will use hours out of your life!  L

Sharing:  Cliché Trio Stories Aloud
1.      We are going to read these stories aloud; split the story in half to share the reading, or alternate reading, using your dialogue for help.
2.     You’ll be at the front of the room, with your paper copies, and I’ll have your story up on the screen.
3.     Commenting:  for each story, audience members need to make three comments on the handout Let’s talk about those now.
4.     I need someone to scroll down the stories as they’re being read—who can do that for me?
5.     Put your story and your comment sheet in two piles on the heater when we’re done today.


Ø  Free Rice = 5,000 grains donated by tomorrow, classtime

Welcome to CPR!
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

When You Come In
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.

Barbie Presentation Reminders
1.      Tell the story of your god/goddess, clearly and correctly. 
2.     Show and explain your Barbie on the big screen—completed with color and detail, like the models.

Barbie Presentations
1.      Yesterday, people told a brief story (one minute) about his/her god/goddess, then presented the myth Barbie.
2.     We listened the first time through the presentation, then took notes as we went back through the key points.
3.     The following gods/goddess were presented:
a.     Gaea                      (Ashley)
b.    Uranus                  (Willis)
c.     Rhea                     (Emma)
d.    Zeus                      (Jordan)
e.     Hera                      (Mackenzie)
f.      Poseidon              (Kendal)
g.    Demeter               (Willis)
h.    Hestia                   (Willis)
4.     Presented Today, Wednesday
a.     Cronus                  Meredith        (absent yesterday)
b.    Hades                   Celina                         (absent yesterday)
c.     Athena                                         (not colored yet)
d.    Aphrodite                        Vanessa
e.     Hephaestus          Jacob 
f.      Ares                      Nathan
g.    Hermes                                         (Katy is absent.)
h.    Apollo                  Kaytlyn
i.      Artemis
5.     We will hear about the remaining gods/goddesses tomorrow!

Homework for Thursday
Ø  Myth Beast Powerpoint
Ø  Here’s who has put theirs in the folder so far:

Other Homework
Ø  Quizlet sets (quizzes next week)

Vocabulary-Building, Reminder

1)         Click on the link on my blog, and join my CPR quizlet site:

2)         Study these words—they will show you how much of our modern language has been influenced by Greek culture, including mythology:

3)         Study these words—they will make you a more learned person, more prepared for college and the workplace:

Welcome, AP! 
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Big Picture—Stop, Think, Reflect, ___________?

1.      This is what our past week looked like.
2.     How do we SHOW what we’ve learned from this past week?  I’m going to have you take a little comprehension quiz for general reading, but more important, how can you reflect on what you’ve learned, and show me what that is?
3.     And how can you show how it fits in with previous work we’ve done this term?
4.     What would this “showing what I’ve learned project” look like?
a.     What do we have to say to it?
b.    How do we pull it all together?
c.     What has been most valuable to you and your learning?
d.    What do you most want me to know?

A Note on Animal Farm
·      I am not front-loading Animal Farm.  Instead, I’m going to have you read and annotate the first two chapters, as well as start a character list in your notes. 
·      Are there a million things I want you to think about with this novella?  Yes!  But I want you to get your feet wet with the reading before I ask you to consider additional information and ponder additional questions.

10:30--Background Information
1.      Think about what it would mean to start a revolution.  (Class discussion using your purple packet Making Connections page)
2.     Fable
o   Look at our definition.
o   Aesop’s Fables, recreated by Tom Lynch:

·       Discuss as many of the Study Guide Questions as you can in the time I give you.  Feel free to skip around, but answer as many as you can together.

11:00--Quiz:  Chapters 1-2
1.      First, spread out around the room, so you have your own little area for quiz-taking and for quiet reading.
2.     When you get settled, come back and grab the quiz.
3.     Take the quiz, then turn it in at my candle.
4.     Start reading and annotating chapter 3 of Animal Farm.
5.     Annotate carefully—lots of making inferences, asking questions, and making predictions.  Ooohhhh—I forgot MAKING CONNECTIONS!
6.    I was impressed yesterday with the CONNECTIONS you guys were making—you are starting to reach for other texts  and visuals, and you are weaving that spiderweb of connections.  You are looking for and finding patterns.  Professor Foster would be proud, and I definitely am.

11:10--Animal Farm Reading Assignment
1.      Read chapters three, four and five, pages 19-41.
2.     Create a list of characters in your notes to keep them straight; list characteristics each time the animal is mentioned.
3.     We will have a reading quiz tomorrow over chapters three, four and five.

Vocab Quiz Tomorrow!

·  Quizlet List #5—you will have to write in and spell correctly all ten words.

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