Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014--Happy First Day of the Term!

Welcome to Creative Writing!
January 16th, 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--PINK.  Sit there.  Don’t move the nametags—please and thank you!
3.     Get out a blank piece of paper.

Ø  Sign in every day when you arrive.
Ø  Check the big screen to see what you should have ready when class starts.

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

Free Write #1
1.      Write for the full ten minutes, without stopping.
2.     Talk about any topic of your choosing.
a.     Now, let’s say you have NO idea what to write about, and your mind is a complete blank—what can you do?
b.    Let’s look Writing Resistance Topics.
c.     We’re going to whip around the room, and you read one aloud when it’s your turn.
3.     Who will read this Free Write #1?
4.     How will I grade this?
5.     Start Time =          2:24
6.    End Time =            2:34
7.     To Turn It In
a.     Circle (or rectangle, or parallelogram) the following
                                      i.     “Free Write #1
                                    ii.     Date
                                   iii.     Your Name—do you have all three?
8.    Pass them over to ___Gage or Kaytlyn___.

Ø  ...the cornerstone of this class.
1.      We’re going to create a writing community in this class, and here’s what you have to do to make that happen:
a.     Be trustworthy.
b.    Read people’s work with respect.
c.     Listen to people’s ideas with respect.
d.    Keep what you hear in this class, in this class—don’t betray someone’s trust.
e.     Turn in only work you yourself have created.  
f.      Read people’s work the way you want yours to be read—thoroughly, thoughtfully, and honestly.
g.     Put yourself on a five-second delay.  Instead of blurting something out, wait, count to five, and ask yourself, “Is this respectful?”  If not, don’t say it.
h.    Be respectful. 
                                      i.     If you are rude to another person, you’ll be out of class for a day. 
                                    ii.     If it happens a second time, you will most likely be out of class for good. 
                                   iii.     Bottom line—if you’re disrespectful to each other, this class doesn’t work.  And this is a required class for graduation—so it has to work.

Portfolio:  Begin with the end in mind!
Started          =          2:52
Ending           =          3:12
Ø  I introduced the idea of the Final Portfolio:
o   A collection of your ten best works from the term
o   A project design that represents you as a person
o   Due the last day of the term, for viewing by class
o   Ten/Fifteen percent of your term grade

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).

Turbo-Advanced Creative Writing

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.

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

Organization and Big Picture
1.      I have a special present for you—the first few chapters of your book for this class!  Yay!
2.     Check out the BIG IDEAS for the class.  Hopefully you agree.  If you don’t, we might need to revise this list real quick.

Writing Assignment #1
·      Write a letter to me answer the questions I’ve asked about why you’re here.

After You Finish Your Letter and Put It On the Stool
1.      If you’re already a member of our class Pinterest board, start surfing around on there and reading what I’ve posted so far.  THE LINK IS ON MY BLOG!
2.     If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check your school e-mail for a link, then proceed!  J

Class Pinterest Board
Ø  Let’s see if we can get everyone on.  After you help me with that, browse the board!  J
Ø  We had time to get everyone on, and everyone was to post at least one pin before lunch.

Writing Experiment #1 (starting at—ending at
1.      Let’s read the prompt for "I Had the Weirdest Dream", and I’ll read you my model.
2.     I’ll also read Asbury’s and Bell’s models.
3.     Type for twenty-five minutes.
4.     We will share these aloud tomorrow.

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