I blog each day about what we did in class. If you're absent, you can find out what you missed here. If you're merely absent-minded, you can re-live class here. :-) Homework is listed as well.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Monday, April 14th, 2014
Welcome toCreative Writing!
Happy Monday!April 14th!
When You Come In
1.Sign in, please.
2.Make sure your Death of
Language assignment is saved in the class folder as follows:“YOUR LAST NAME—DEATH OF LANGUAGE”.
1.Death of Language,
half-way completed--ten words with full reasons that look at least as detailed
as the models; saved on google drive.
Death of Language Progress Check--Half-way
Checkpoint (ten words
with full reasons that look at least as detailed and thoughtful as the answers
on page 19)
#1: Get feedback on your work so far that will show you if you are
on the right track for creating an excellent assignment, or if you need to
dedicate more time and energy to this assignment between now and Tuesday.
#2: Learn some new vocabulary words.
#2: Page 20: Progress Check (which you will complete now)
#1: Page 21: Handout #1: Final Assessment
(which we will fill out WEDNESDAY, when all twenty answers are due)
_______; ending -ish (twenty minutes)
After You Complete Page 20
1.When you finish your two
progress checks, turn in your page 20 to
2.Now play Free Rice until I
stop you. Weee! Free Rice is so fun!
Diction Practice—Click on
the link on my blog!Make sure you’re in
the class group!
1.Play free rice at your BEST
LEVEL (not starting over at
Level 1) when you finish.
2.10,000 grains are due
by Thursday, April 17th, 2014.
Writing Experiment #6--I Am
a Russian Tailor
Thirty Minutes (Ten to
explain and model; twenty to type)
Here's the assignment:
a poem about yourself that is filled with lies.
to make up creative, dramatic lies, rather than saying things such as “I have
two cats” or “I love chocolate pudding.”
3. Your Writing Task: Write a poem that is a series of
creative, dramatic lies!
worry about what order you put stuff in—just type/write the lies as fast as you
Some Examples of Lines—Notice How They SHOW! (Concrete
Details; Precise Diction)
have dog breath, even though I brush my teeth ten times a day.
love to wake up early and watch the sunrise.
have seventeen middle names, one of which is Gertrude.
imaginary whip sound is the best in the universe.
the windows in my house are made of titanium.
think bright red and neon green look good together.
like it when people whine; it makes me want to hug them.
had to kill a unicorn yesterday.
love to lick chalk dust
heat my house with lightning and ten tiny hamsters chained to an electric
burned all the books in my house last week.
I cracked two rocks together, I created a squirrel.
write everything down fifteen times on pink paper.
Reminders About Your First Draft of RUSSIAN TAILOR
BODILY FUNCTIONS! Please, and thank you!
WRITE, LINE AFTER LINE, LIE AFTER LIE!
WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO REVISE LATER THIS WEEK:
Here’s a model of this poem:
Ms. Willy Willis
Creative Writing (Russian Tailor Poem)
24 February 2014
I hate food, I only eat every other week.
Chocolate milk is the most putrid beverage.
I wear jeans every single day, even when I shower.
I have never purchased a single pair of Air Jordan shorts.
I wear neon green spandex.
Only when I eat sour gummy worms though.
NASCAR is more entertaining than football.
I’m a prominent rapper, and Tupac resides at my house.
He rooms with Biggie Smalls & Eazy E.
I hate listening to music when I drive.
Unless it’s bluegrass of course.
I was the lead guitarist for Blink 182.
I drive a Lamborghini to school on Wednesdays.
When I arrive home from school I get started on my
homework right away.
I work at the UP Home, they are much more superior than
the Halcyon House.
I date a Victoria’s Secret model and she’s obsessed with
She gets agitated because her twin sister is obsessed with
All of Katy Perry’s songs are about me.
I prefer winter over summer just because we get to go to
I hunt ostriches in Wyoming with Samuel L. Jackson.
Warren Buffett asked me for a dollar last weekend in
I’m an illegal immigrant from Kenya, I ran here.
I can walk on water with my eyes closed.
While saying the ABC’s backwards.
I’ve played catch with Stevie Wonder, he has never dropped
the ball once.
President Obama texts me for suggestions on how to run the
I don’t respond back unless he asks politely.
I am more
interesting than the most interesting man in the world.
“I Am a Russian
Tailor” (2o minutes)
at least twenty-five different lines.
CREATIVE and DRAMATIC.
your vocab variety sheet to help you be precise and descriptive.
as many senses (sight, sound, texture, smell, taste, color) as you can.
you complete #1-4, move on to the items in blue below.
When You Finish the Russian Tailor Poem
to our class folder, and find the spreadsheet called “Strongest Russian Tailor
Line”, and copy and paste your BEST LINE there.