Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday, January 17th, 2014


When You Come In
1.     Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.
2.     Find your desk with your name sticky note on it in.  Sit there.  Don’t move the nametags—please and thank you!
3.     Get your three fears you had when you were a child ready in your brain!  We will share them momentarily.

Daily Procedures
·      Sign in every day when you arrive.
·      Check the big screen to see what you should have ready when class starts.
·      Tell me if it stinks in the room.

Materials to Bring to Class Every Day
1.      small three-ring binder for class.
2.     Writing implement
3.     Computer, fully charged

Reminder:  Trust
·      Why is it important?
·      What does it look like?

Portfolio:  Begin with the end in mind!
·      What is it?
·      How much is it worth?
·      When should you start thinking about it?

Activities We Did (And That We’ll Do All Term)
1.      We wrote a piece.
2.     We had a class discussion and listened to each other.
3.     We read other people’s work (portfolios).
4.     We began with the end in mind (models).

My Expectation:  during this classtime we have together, you are always working on Creative Writing.  To that end, if you finish with any assignment today before I call time, this is what I want you to do:

Reading Assignment:  Earthbook
1.      Read and relax .  (This means you read for enjoyment.)  :-)
2.     If you’re reading a piece, and you stop enjoying it, turn the page!
3.     Did you find a piece you though was really strong?  Or really funny?  Then record it on your worksheet.
4.     NOTE:  Make sure your reason for selecting it is a well-constructed, detailed, two sentences for each piece you pick.

Writing Experiment #1
Ghosts, Monsters and Bullies (poem)

What did you fear when you were young?
The dark?
The vacuum?

Our Fears
·      Spiders (2)
·      Clowns (3)
·      Cats
·      Heights (2)
·      Snakes (2)
·      The dark (3)
·      Rejection
·      “Jeepers Creepers”

Tell me one thing you remember fearing when you were young: 
Ø  Raccoons
Ø  Chuck E. Cheese
Ø  Tight spaces       (2)
Ø  Elevators
Ø  Rodents
Ø  Heights                (2)
Ø  Darkness
Ø  Meeting new people
Ø  Spiders (2)
Ø  Staying by myself
Ø  Dying
Ø  Snakes
Ø  clowns

1.      Write a poem about one of your childhood fears.
2.     Type a poem that tells a story about a time you were afraid as a child.
3.     Try to get at least twenty lines.
4.    Give it a strong title that adds a dimension to the poem.

Other Details
·      Use MLA format for heading.
·      On the computer, title it “WE#1--Childhood Fear Poem.”

Sharing and Work Time
·      This poem will be read by ONE other person in this room.
·      Work Time = scant 20 minutes
·      Starting @ 10:21; ending about 10:41
*   *   *   *

Here's a model:


I lay in bed
Grip the covers tight
I stare at the closet
Waiting for the door to open
He will come out
Snatch me away
So I will never see my family again
He hides in the shadows, the dark and the night
Waiting to frighten me.
I ease off to sleep
The closet door moves
Out he comes
Fang teeth, furry body, sharp claws
I scream
Mom runs down to comfort me
Telling me it’s just a dream
The closet door closes
But mom can’t see
He will be back tomorrow night
Back to scare me.

Kodey S.

Here’s another model:

Here’s another:

Here’s another:

Rub-ba-dub-dub My Enemy in the Tub

Bath time rolls on

Without a care in the world



Bath toys crowd the silky, warm water

The toddler's bright, care-free smile

Can be seen behind a white beard of bubbles 

Tickling his sensitive skin

Bath time joy is suddenly interrupted

"Bath time's over," Mom says

Suddenly without warning

The plug is pulled

Water begins to rush down the open drain

The toddler sees his toys

Being sucked toward the gaping drain



Water slowly escaping 

Through this dark hole


Fear strikes the toddler

He kicks and swims

Unwilling to be a victim 

To this sucking enemy

Refusing to be devoured by this drain

Never to be seen again

The toddler swims with all his might
Arms and legs flailing

Water splattering everywhere


All is calm

The tub is empty

Ben TeBockhorst

And here’s another:

Leah Evans
Ms. Willis
Creative Writing (Ghosts, Monsters, and Bullies)
11 November 2010
The Vacuum

I can hear it
The sound that echoes through the house
The sound of impending doom
The cleaner
The vacuum cleaner
It snatches up everything in its path
The pin
The wrapper
The little, red Lego left out of the box
Then I feel it
The rumbling in the floor
It’s getting closer
I can smell it
It smells like burning rubber
Just as I start to let out a blood-curdling scream
My mom is done
Unaware of the trauma induced by her cleaning
She cuts off its power
There is no more noise
No more vibration from the beast
All is silent
But I know it will be back
For its moment
To attack
Next time I will be ready
Ready to defend
My Family

Reminder:  The only acceptable places to be on your computer today are as follows:
1.      The blog
2.     The sites/links on the blog
3.—bookmark it now, peeps!
4.     Google drive
5.     iTunes/Pandora
NOTE:  If LAN School tells me you are any place else, you lose half-credit on your daily assignment, which cannot be made up.  Make sure you are on WCSD—STUDENT so your computer is visible to me; otherwise, you lose half-credit as well.

·      Set up partner spreadsheet.
·      Set up LAN School.

Writing Experiment #1
Ghosts, Monsters and Bullies (poem)
Peer Conferencing

Peer Conference Preparation
1.      Class folder explanation
2.     Gerrit’s conference for Tyler
3.     Discuss how to COMMENT on google drive.
4. Read the Poetry—Commenting, Revising and Editing sheet.
5.  Type three questions at the top of your poem you want answered.
6.    …and now a word about partners—listen carefully.
7.     Share your poem on google doc with the person I assign you.
8.    Make sure you select “CAN EDIT.”
9.    Make sure you can actually type on your partner’s document—you don’t want to go to work on this Sunday or Monday, then find out you cannot write on it.

Peer Conferencing
1.      Read your partner’s three questions, so you know what they most want you to comment on.
2.     Using the COMMENT function, make at least TEN comments on each other’s poems in the margins.
3.     When you think you’re done, count your comments in the right margin, to make sure you have ten.

4.     Finally, answer each of the questions your partner typed.  Type your answer underneath each question.

January 17th, 2013

When You Come In
1.      Please sign in on the 3rd Block clipboard.
2.     Please find your sticky note name—that’s your desk for now.

Lunch Reminder
·      We eat “B” lunch.
·      If you come back after the bell rings, go to the office for a pass.

Poetry Element Scavenger Hunt:  “I Had the Weirdest Dream” Poem
1.      Make a copy of “Poetry Terms”.
2.     Go through your poem line by line, and find example of the elements.
3.     List them in the appropriate box.
4.     If you don’t have an element, leave the example box blank.
5.     Start @ 11:30; ending about 11:40

Peer Conferencing:  “I Had the Weirdest Dream” Poem
Reminder doc:  Peer Conference—how to be a strong peer conferencer!

Small Group
1.      Logan
2.     Ashley
3.     Mallory
4.     Mariah
Peer Conference w/Partner w/Google Drive Comments
·      …everyone else.

**After Lunch**

Technology and Social Skills Practice
1.      Read your peer conference comments.
2.     Type your PC a note of thanks—three sentences.  Say specifically how he/she helped your thinking about the poem. 
3.     CC me on the e-mail as well.
4.     Make a new, professional g-mail for your own use.
NOTE:  We talked quite a bit about how and why to create a professional-sounding e-mail address, as well as what "CC" and "BC" stand for, and how they work.

Homework for TUESDAY:  Class Pinterest Board
Ø  Post ONE NEW PIN BEFORE Tuesday’s class (round two of pinning).
Ø  I have pins from round one from everyone except Shannon (tech issues) and Steph (tech issues) and Christian.

Brain Pain--Where in the Whirled?
·      Create a section in your binder for Brain Pain notes.
·      Spend about five minutes brainstorming, then five minutes sharing our pain.

Watch Where You Put That Word!
·      We will share out as many sentences as we can create using all the words!

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