Thursday, March 27, 2014

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Welcome to Creative Writing!
Happy Friday--March 28th, 2014

When You Come In
1.      Please initial next to your name on the clipboard, please.
2.     Make sure you’re signed in to and ready to type on google drive (2nd block).
3.     Thanks, CM, for the treats!

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)
First Block:                 no action today
Second Block:            Complete peer conference.

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.

10:30--Poetry Vocab—Quizlet!
·      Why?  …so we all have a common vocabulary to talk about poetry.  You will use MONDAY when you revise (application).

Study the poetry vocab:
Take a screenshot of your quiz, then send it to me:
1.     School e-mail
2.    Compose
3.    “Kerrie Willis”
4.   Screenshot = Command, shift, 3

1.     Once you do this, go to my BLOG.
2.    Read the assignment at the bottom of today’s agenda.  It’s called “WE#2:  Personal Essay, Cynefin or Comfort.

Close your computer, and read Earthbook for ten minutes (9:05 end time).

2nd Block Only--Peer Conference Preparation
1.      Class folder to see what this will look like when we’re done
2.     Discuss how to COMMENT on google drive.
3.     Discuss Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry.
4.     Look what happens in “see revision history”.
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.”

2nd Block Only--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.


Grading for WE#2:  Personal Essay
Comfort or Cynefin


  1. Open a blank google doc.
  2. Copy the directions in red (below), then paste them into the top of your doc.
  3. Read the directions carefully, so you BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND.
  4. Read the two choices you have for this assignment (Cynefin or Comfort), then select the one you most want to write about.
  5. Start your essay!  
  6. Finish for homework (due @ tardy bell Monday).
You must answer "YES" to all the following questions for 100% on this assignment.

1.      The piece is a minimum of 400 words.  My word count is in parentheses beside my name.
2.     I used paragraphs to show my shifting ideas.
3.     I used the correct MLA format for heading.
4.     I doublespaced the whole piece.
5.     I included at least five specific examples to support what I’m saying--these five specific examples are highlighted in yellow.
6.     I used to replace at least five words I ordinarily use with five more powerful, precise words--these words are highlighted in pink.

7.     All above items are complete by classtime Monday, at which time I will submit it to Willis on google form.

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