Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Welcome to Creative Writing!       
Happy Thursday, May 8th, 2014

When You Come In
1.      Please sign in.

Homework Reminder
·      Homework Due Friday = 25,000 grains in free rice (last free rice assignment)

Writing Buddies
Please put these dates on your calendar.  Don’t be absent!  L
1.      Tuesday, May 13th
2.     Thursday, May 15th
a.     Kailey M. has to be absent (1st).
3.     Wednesday, May 21st

Focus for the Last Nineteen Days
1.      Showing, Not Just Telling
2.     Revision
3.     Writing Buddies
4.     Portfolio

Writing Lesson:  Show, Don’t Just Tell
1.      Difference between “literal” and “figurative language” (p. 32)
2.     Least Vivid to Most Vivid (p. 32 )
3.     Diction Sandra Cisneros (p. 32)
4.     Vocabulary Variety—reminder
5.   Imagery Emily Bronte (p. 33)

Writing Lesson:  Show, Don’t Just Tell—How to Create Imagery Using All Five Senses
1.      Imagery (Hot Chocolate Sentence)—(p. 34)
2.     Work on this with me now.
3.     Make additions as needed when we discuss it as a class.

Writing Assignment:  Sense Poem (p. 57)

1.      Look at the basic skeleton of this poem on page 57.
2.     Look at how interesting people made these poems in the models on page 59.
3.     Review all the details on your Visualizing sheet you completed yesterday.
a.     Your lists were solid!  So use them today—you’ve already created excellent imagery for your poem.
b.    Even though you’ve created details on your Visualizing sheet, you will still need to add, subtract, arrange, and re-word. 
c.     Use the Vocabulary Variety sheet for help—every word has to be perfect, in this short poem.
d.    Nowhere in your poem should any of the following appear:  I see, I hear, I smell, I taste, I touch.  Make the subject work for you. 
BEFORE:  I hear the roar of the tractor in the corn field.
AFTER:    The tractor (the important part) roars to life in the corn filed.
BEFORE:  I see  the concrete stage in the town square.
AFTER:    The concrete stage commands our attention in the center of the square.
4.     Create a doc in the class folder, “Sense Poems”, and call it “Your Last Name—Sense Poem.”
5.     Create a strong Sense Poem, doing all of the following:
a.     Use strong diction (Vocab Variety sheet and for help)
b.    Use CONCRETE PHYSICAL details, not abstractions—pull from your yellow Visualizing sheet!  You’re SHOWING your place—not just telling about it.
c.     Arrange it in an order that creates flow
d.    Delete any words that aren’t vital for sense
e.     Use thoughtful line breaks to show the reader how to read the poem
f.      Use the correct MLA format for heading.

Writing Lesson:  Create strong titles.  (Ten to fifteen minutes)
1.      Read Tips on Titles, page 38.
2.     Grab an Earthbook off the table under the flag.
3.     Complete page 39, Making Titles that are Better than this One.
4.     Put your name at the top, and turn it in by the monkey as soon as you finish.
5.     Put your Earthbook back neatly under the flag, please.


  1. Pick up the yellow packet and the pink packet off the sign-in table.
  2. Read through each one to learn how this project will be graded, and to start thinking about how you'll do your project.
  3. E-mail me three sentences about what you learned about the portfolio from your reading.

Play free rice.

Finish anything listed above for homework, if you don’t finish it in class.

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