Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014--Creative Writing! :-)

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Day 17

When You Come In
  1. Sign in, please.
  2. Put your phone in the hostage center.
  3. Make sure your Ghosts, Monsters, Bullies poem is saved in the class google folder “Ghost, Monsters, Bullies,” then shut your computer.   Please and thank you!

Workshop Time

Assignment #1:  Death of Language
  1. I talked about three different people’s mid-way grade checks from yesterday.
  2. I reminded people if they had a “4” on a reason, they should continue on in the same way.
  3. If people had “1,” “2”, or “3,” they need to do more work today and tomorrow to beef up their answers to the “A” range.
  4. I also reminded people to look at their grades side-by-side, and see if there was general agreement between their two graders.
  5. We had twenty minutes to work on this assignment, which is due tomorrow.
Work Time = 2:08-2:28

Assignment #2:  “I Am a Russian Tailor” Poem
  1. Re-read your poem.
  2. Experiment with line breaks to make some lines shorter.
  3. Add details.
  4. Make sure you feel you have a solid first draft that can be peer conferenced tomorrow.

Assignment #3:  When You Finish the Russian Tailor Poem
Go to our class folder, and find the spreadsheet called “Strongest Russian Tailor Line”, and copy and paste your BEST LINE there:

Started 2:40; ending 2:55

Assignment #4:  Vocabulary Work
  1. Quizlet--study the poetry vocab, until you can score 100% or better on the Test--test yourself on “written” and “matching” only, since that is how the paper test will be formatted:
  2. Then move on to the new word list I made for you, ACT Prep Word List #1:
  3. WE WILL HAVE THE VOCAB QUIZ TOMORROW!  I know I said this yesterday, but this time, I really mean it!  :-)

Revision Time

How Do I Revise a Poem?
  1. Today, you are going to revise a poem.  You choose which one:
    1. Ghosts, Monsters, Bullies (peer conferenced)
    2. Earliest Memory.(read and conferenced by KW)
  2. Before I have you review your peer conference comments and decide which one you’ll revise, I want you to analyze what revision looks like.
  3. Turn to page 17.  The directions are at the bottom of the page.
  4. Once you complete your part, I will partner you up.
  5. Discuss the revisions you saw with your partner.
  6. Write down specifically what Gracey did to revise.  Examples:
    1. change title
    2. added the word _____
    3. deleted the word _____
    4. changed the dog’s name to just “your dog”


  1. Death of Language, all twenty completed with “4” reasons
  2. Quizlet poetry terms (quiz tomorrow)

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