Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014--Happy First Day of Fourth Term!

Welcome to Creative Writing!
March 25th, 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—GREEN Sit there.  Don’t move the nametags—please and thank you!
3.    Grab a yellow packet, and remove the staple.  Put it in your three-ring binder.
4.    Get out a blank piece of paper.

·      Sign in every day when you arrive.
·      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 =     10:25    
6.    End Time =       10:35--ish
7.     To Turn It In
 “Free Write #1
Date:  March 25th, 2014
Your Name—do you have all three?
8.    Pass them over, face down, to Michael and Steph.  Thanks!

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          =       10:54  
Ending           =       11:10-ish—check in with you; do you need more time?
Ø  I introduced the idea of the Final Portfolio:
1.     A collection of your ten best works from the term
2.    A project design that represents you as a person
3.    Due the last day of the term, for viewing by class
4.    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).


  • See the class folder on google drive for all important items, especially "Daily Plans."

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