Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Welcome to Creative Writing!
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

When You Come In
  1. Sign in!
  2. Turn off your phone, and put your phone behind your name card in the phone hostage station (by the podium).

Peer Conference Preparation
  1. Let’s take a gander at the class folder.
  2. Discuss Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry.
  3. Type three questions at the top of your poem you want answered.
  4. Look what happens in “see revision history”.
  5. Discuss how to COMMENT on google drive.
  6.  …and now a word about partners—listen carefully.
  7. Let’s look at the  peer conference model together.  What  does a good peer conferencer do?
    1. constructive criticism
    2. corrected word usage
    3. suggestions for improvement
    4. specific replacements
  8. Share your poem on google drive with the person I assign you.
  9. Make sure you select “CAN EDIT.”

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 in a different color of ink.

Reminder:  The only acceptable places to be on your computer today are as follows:
  1. google drive
  2.—bookmark it now, peeps!
  3. iTunes/Pandora
  4. 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.

When You Finish Your Peer Conference
You have the rest of the block for independent writing time.  You are going to write a personal essay.  
Read and follow carefully the directions below.

Writing Experiment #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 tomorrow)
  7. I am the only one who will read this!  It will not be shared with anyone else in class, unless you choose to do so.

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.  (If you don’t remember how to do this, open your Childhood Fear poem, and copy that format.)
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 tomorrow, at which time I will submit it .  We will talk tomorrow about how to share it and turn it in.


Day Three
Thursday, October 23, 2014

What Do Good Readers Do?  (Homework response and class discussion
  • Go to schoology for the specific requirements.

When you finish the assignment above, go to quizlet!

Independent Vocab Work
  • Study, play, and test yourself over the words.

Class Vocab Work
  1. Get a paper copy of our words.
  2. Let’s discuss some of them, and take a few notes.  
  3. Pronounce five words we don’t know well with me know.
  4. On your yellow vocab handout, select two synonyms from that really focus you on the true meaning of the word.
  5. I’ll take this up for a grade after we do more words.

Reading and Annotating--Review
  1. Get out your list from yesterday’s annotation circle.
  2. Tell me what you saw the readers doing.  
  3. Check off a tactic, if you have it on your sheet.  (Don’t repeat something someone’s already said.)
  4. Put your name at the top, and turn them in to the drawer, then we are finished with our discussion, please.

Reading and Annotating:  Let’s do this!
“How to Mark a Book”
  1. Think as you read—that’s part of active reading.
  2. How do you SHOW you are thinking?  Annotations!  I’ve made big margins for you to WRITE IN.  You’re welcome!  :-)
  3. I’ll read the first three to five paragraphs aloud, and then we’ll share what annotations we’re making.
  4. Let’s start by numbering our paragraphs!

  • We read the first four paragraphs together, and then people had ten minutes on their own to read and annotate.  We will continue reading this in class tomorrow.
  • Draw a line out in the left margin where you stopped, and write, “Stopped here 10/23”.

Homework Reminders:
  1. Every day = Play quizlet for ten minutes between now and classtime tomorrow--vocab quiz Monday!
  2. Due Monday = College-Prep Research (on schoology)

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