Wednesday, December 10th
(Ten Days Remaining)
Writing Assignment: The Six-Word Memoir Overview
1. Be PRECISE. (Writing Lesson)
2. Use strong diction—your Vocabulary Variety sheet! (Writing Lesson)
· I will be evaluating your work today on these two skills. Focus on that, and begin with the end in mind.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
Rumor has it that when writer Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a short, short story, he penned this:
“Pair of baby shoes: never worn.”
That’s only six words, but it tells a story.
Reading #1 (Fifteen Minutes)
1. Explore the six-word memoirs and stories here: BE PATIENT--THE LINK TAKES A MINUTE TO LOAD! http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/
2. Read people’s memoirs. You can browse, or you can click on a certain subject area, if you’re interested in memoirs on one topic.
3. Type your THREE FAVORITE classroom appropriate six-word memoirs IN OUR CLASS FOLDER in google drive in the document named, “Favorite Six-Word Memoirs”.
· Favorite Six-Word Memoir
Writing #1 (Fifteen Minutes)
1. Create/type THREE six-word memoirs--that way, you can do a funny one, a serious one, and whatever else you come up with. THESE ARE ORIGINAL SIX-WORD MEMOIRS, CREATED BY YOU RIGHT NOW.
2. Grading Criteria:
a. Use PRECISE words.
b. Use your VOCABULARY VARIETY sheet for help. HIGHLIGHT IN YELLOW YOUR STRONGEST DICTION WORD IN EACH STORY.
c. Type all three memoirs on the same page.
d. Give each memoir its own title (which doesn’t count in your six words).
e. Use the correct MLA format for heading (part of your grade).
This is what your paper should look like:
Creative Writing (Six word Memoirs)
05 April 2013
The Buzzer Ends It
...one opening, one fulfilment, one inadequacy.
Floppy ears, black spots: my puppy.
This is Me
...opinionated, blonde, blue-eyed, loving, careful, truth-teller.
Writing #2: Complete your Ogden Nash poems. Review the assignment on schoology for requirements (how I will grade you).
WORK ON THE GRAMMAR ASSIGNMENTS IF YOU FINISH BEFORE I START THE NEXT ASSIGNMENT!