Sunday, February 2, 2014

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Welcome to Creative Writing!  J
Monday, February 2nd, 2014

When You Come In
1.           Sign in.
2.    Make sure you have earbuds or headphones.

Conference with Me
1.      I’m going to give you the Big Picture for today.
2.     I’m going to call you into the library several peeps at a time.  All you need to bring with you is your computer.

Lecture and Quiz--Let's See What You Know!     (Ten minutes)
1.      Listen to the lesson at this link:
2.     Take the quiz to see if you understood the main points of the lecture.
3.     Take a screen shot of your score (Shift, Command, 3)
4.   E-mail me your screen shot as an attachment, and put your score in the title line. You don’t actually have to write a message.

The Six-Word Memoir Overview
1.      Be PRECISE.                                                                                    (Writing Lesson)
2.     Use strong diction—your Vocabulary Variety sheet!       (Writing Lesson)
      I will be evaluating your work today on these two skills.  Focus on that, and begin with the end in mind.


Rumor has it that when writer Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a short, short story, he penned this:

“Pair of baby shoes:  never worn.”

That’s only six words, but it tells a story.

Reading #1            (Fifteen Minutes)
1.      Explore the six-word memoirs and stories here:  BE PATIENT--THE LINK TAKES A MINUTE TO LOAD!
2.     Read people’s memoirs.  You can browse, or you can click on a certain subject area, if you’re interested in memoirs on one topic.
3.     Type your THREE FAVORITE classroom appropriate six-word memoirs IN OUR CLASS FOLDER in google drive in the document named, “Favorite Six-Word Memoirs”.

Writing #1              (Fifteen Minutes)
1.      Create/type THREE six-word memoirs--that way, you can do a funny one, a serious one, and whatever else you come up with.  THESE ARE ORIGINAL SIX-WORD MEMOIRS, CREATED BY YOU RIGHT NOW.
2.     Grading Criteria:
            a.     Use PRECISE words.
            c.     Type all three memoirs on the same page.
            d.    Give each memoir its own title (which doesn’t count in your six words).
            e.     Use the correct MLA format for heading (part of your grade).

This is what your paper should look like:

Victoria Bennett
Ms. Willis
Creative Writing (Six word Memoirs)
05 April 2013
The Buzzer Ends It
One opening, One fulfilment: One Inadequacy

Floppy ears, black spots: my puppy

 This is Me
Opinionated, Blonde, Blue-eyed, Loving, Careful, Truth-teller

3.     Print to the Media Center (but don’t go get it).

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.     An online dictionary or synonym finder
4.     Google drive
5.     iTunes/Pandora
  If LAN School tells me your any place else, you will receive no more than fifty percent for all assignments today.

Diction Practice—Click on the link on my blog!
1.      Play free rice at your BEST LEVEL (not starting over at Level 1) when you finish.
2.     5,000 grains are due by Wednesday, 2/5/14.

·      Fill out the baseline for Free Rice Tracking, and hand the sheet back in to me.

·      Favorite Six-Word Memoir

·      Make sure I have your printed copy of the six-word stories before you leave class today.


·      None, except free rice

Link for Submission Form for WE#4 Assignment:  Cynefin or Comfort

Welcome to TURBO-ACW!  J
Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Link for Submission Form for WE#5 Assignment:  My Animal

You:  Writing Workshop (Items Below)
Me:  Conferences with You

Week One Turn-In Worksheet and Conferences
·      Get out your pink sheet, and make sure you have all your docs open or in hand when I call you back.  Thanks!

Writing Assignment--One Poem, Three Ways (page 16)
1.      Create on google docs; save in Adv Cr. Wr. Collection in “One Poem, Three Ways” as your last name!
2.     What are we going to talk about later?
a.     Line length
b.    Endline (word at the end of each line)
c.     Enjambment (when the meaning of the line spills over from one line to the next)

Writing Assignment #2--Apparent Contradictions (page 33)
1.      Read the directions on that page, and complete Assignment #1.  Save it in your own google docs.
2.     For Assignment #2, you need to enter you FIVE (only five!) phrases in the spreadsheet I created on google docs called “Oxymorons 2014”.
3.     What are we going to talk about later?
·      Oxymorons
·      Figurative language versus literal language

HOMEWORK:  Writing Assignment:  Three Silent Things (p. 6)
1.      Create TWO cinquains, and save them in your google docs.
2.     Choose one of these to share aloud with the class.
3.     Drop it in the class folder called “Cinquains”.

Tweet Week to Save the Words
·      Check out the Tweet-Week winners for Week One (class folder).
1.      Crassulent—extremely fat
2.     Foppotee—a simple-minded person
3.     Isangelous—equivalent to the angels
4.     Kexy—brittle; withered
5.     Mingent—discharging urine
·      Tweet now!  J
Tweet Week Classwork/Homework

1.      Tweet @ Willis.
2.     #savethewords
3.     #crassulent
4.     Tweet twice between 1PM today and 11:20 tomorrow.

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