Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Creative Writing--Tuesday, 2/3/15 (...no school yesterday due to snow.)

Day Eighteen--Tuesday, 2/3/15

When You Come In
  1. Sign in, please.
  2. Get a “Folder Checklist” off the sign-in table.
  3. Put your phone in the hostage center.
  4. Grab your manila folder off the front table.
  5. Death of Language is do today--please leave it in the folder.  Nothing else is required right now.

Vocabulary Reminder:
  • Friday = Poetry Quiz For Real
  • I will hand the pre-quizzes back tomorrow so you can grade them and see what to study.

  1. Folder Checklist
  2. Paper pass-back
  3. When you get your Autobio Poem back, write “FIRST DRAFT” in big letters across the top!  Thanks!

Writing Experiment: Five Easy Pieces
  • Big Picture:  tell a whole story in a quick scene.

Step #1:
  • Remember a person you know well, OR invent a person.

Step #2:
  • Imagine a place where you find the person.

Five Minutes
  • In the five minutes I give you, on a sheet of notebook paper, write down as many people you know, or can invent, then the place where you’d find that person.  Here’s an example of what your list will look like:
  1. Papa Studio
  2. Aunt Pauline Kitchen
  3. Alligator-Man Sewer
  4. Sydney the Cat Cigar Store
  5. Seraphina Piano

Step #3:
  • Select one person from your list you’re most drawn to--who’s the one person you’re most interested in writing about right now?

Step #4:
Write!  SHOW, don’t tell.  Use details from all five senses to create imagery, to help us SEE this person and this place!
  1. Describe the person’s hands.  
  2. Describe something he or she is doing with the hands.
  3. Use a metaphor to say something about some exotic (foreign or unfamiliar) place.
  4. Mention what you would want to ask this person in the context of 2 and 3 above.
  5. The person looks up or toward you, notices you there, gives an answer that suggests he or she only gets part of what you asked.
We will write for ten minutes.  At the end of this time, anyone who wishes to read aloud may do so.  Then we’ll hand these into the drawer.

Questions After Writing
  1. What did you learn from it?
  2. What did you observe about your own efforts?
  3. What did you like about it?

Writing Workshop Time

  • Grammar Work X 2
  • Quizlet

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