• Tuesday, October 15
     
    1. Take out your observations worksheet so that I can check in with you.
     
    2. Begin to draft your "article", presenting the situation so as to allow the reader to experience what you experienced. 
     
    3. Use the impression you were left with to guide your writing so that your reader will be left with this impression also.
     
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    Friday, October 11
     
    1. New project.
     
    2. Receive copies of four student pieces that present a slice of life. 
     
    3. Read and discuss these pieces. Recognize that each is about very ordinary experiences and each leaves the reader with an overall impression of the experience.
     
    4. Receive a worksheet for a weekend assignment.
     
    5. Write a list of events/ situations you will be part of this weekend. Which one will you choose?
     
    HW: Fill in the sheet with observations. Write a sentence about your overall impression.
     
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    Mini-saga
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    Thursday, Sept. 26
     
    1. Read Gary Soto quote on page 61 of purple textbook.
     
    2. Read Gary Soto poem, Behind Grandma's House. Appreciate the many details that make this poem so accessible to readers', allowing the reader to experience and engage in the piece.
     
    3. Reference list of journal topics (p. 86) designed to "mine" one's childhood for material. 
     
    4. Read "Our Writer" #1 to hear the many specific details presented by the student. We will aim to mimic this level of detail.
     
    5. Choose one of the prompts and write in your journal. Include details. 
     
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    Wed., Sept. 25
     
    1. Continue to revise your identity poem.
     
    2. I will continue to workshop with individual writers. 
     
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    Tuesday, Sept. 24
     
    1. Make a decision:  
    • If you have ideas to add to your poem, go to the computer room.
    • If you need further help in gathering ideas, stay in the classroom. 
    2. Workshop ideas with me. 
     
    3. Continue to draft and revise in computer room.
     
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    Monday, Sept. 23
     
    1. Make a decision:  
    • If you have ideas to add to your poem, go to the computer room.
    • If you need further help in gathering ideas, stay in the classroom. 
    2. Workshop ideas with me. 
     
    3. Continue to draft and revise in computer room.
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    Friday, Sept. 20
     
    1. Select a student to conference with me. 
     
    2. Class watches and listens as I workshop with one student. I will read portions of their written work and then ask questions to elicit more information and to find connections among the variety of itmes this assignment must include. 
     
    3. Repeat with another student. 
     
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    Thursday, Sept. 19
     
    1. Work in the computer lab.
     
    2. Continue to draft and revise your Identity Poem.
     
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    Wed., Sept. 18
     
     
    1. Work in the computer lab.
     
    2. Continue to draft your Identity Poem.
     
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    Tuesday, Sept. 17
     
    1. Listen to some more stories and details about me that belong to the categories on our list.
     
    2. Notice that specific examples with specific details increase the interest-level for the listener/reader.
     
    3. Enjoy two identity poems: 
    • "You Want to Know Me" by Allie Peck
    • "Five Things" by Debbie Chiang
    4. Go to computer lab.
     
    5. Begin to draft your poem or add to your journal entry.
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    Monday, Sept. 16
     
    1. Re-watch the Sarah Kay's delivery of her poem about herself and Hiroshima.
     
    2. Appreciate the free-association of ideas and details she's included in this poem. 
     
    3. Identify the ingedients in her poem:
    • Name – origin/ meaning
    • Family heritage/ story
    • Childhood stories
    • Some of her characteristic behaviors
    • Some of her most valued values
    • What she knows to be true
    4. Listen to examples of how each of these items apply to my life.
     
    5. Begin writing a journal entry in which you explore these items in your life.
    • Name – origin/ meaning
    • Family heritage/ story
    • Childhood stories
    • Some of your characteristic behaviors
    • Some of your most valued values
    • What you know to be true
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    Friday, Sept. 13
     
    1. Intro to Spoken Word Poetry with Sarah Kay. 
     
    2. Watch TedTalk presented by Sarah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adP2RxVqSjU&list=PLDFBC4DBF7976778A
     
    3. Write a list of "Ten Things I Know to be True."
     
    4. Note: Sarah's poetry jumps around through free-association. On Monday, we will allow our thoughts to freely-associate as they tend to do in our dreams.
     
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    Thursday, Sept. 12
     
    1. Go to computer lab.
     
    2. Work on your Definitions as well as your Completed Image Poem.
     
    3. Print out the the above before leaing class. Submit.
     
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    Wed., Sept. 11
     
    1. Completed Image Poems:

     

    Title

     

    (line 1 – Sight)   ___________________________________________

     

    (line 2 – Sound) ___________________________________________

     

    (line 3 – Smell)  ___________________________________________

     

    (line 4 – Emotional Response) ___________________________________________

     

     

     2. Examples:

     

    Too Lovely

     

    Cool perfume of bamboo pervades my room.

    Wild moonlight fills the silent courtyard.

    The waterfowl on the riverbank call to me.

    I sit on my bed meditating through the long night.

     

     

    I Hear the Chorus

     

    People scurrying here and there

                 from store to store.

    The aroma of hot pretzels and

                 chestnuts tantalize my nose.

    A chorus of horns yell, “Move out of my way!”

    I am just one person

                 lost in the shuffle of New York City.

     

     

    Why Not

     

    The cold rain pounds the windows

    As we eat the warm chocolate chip cookies

                 (the air is thick with chocolate)

    And watch the old Fred Astaire movie.

    We laugh and laugh, even though

                 it’s not really that funny.

     

     

    Transformed

     

    She discovered him bloody

                 and transformed.

    She heard drums but yet

                 could it be the beating

                 of her heart?

    The air felt so heavy,

                she couldn’t breathe.

    The ballerina received

                a standing ovation.

     

     

     

    The Cafeteria

     

    Faces, especially smiling and silver;

                never to forget faces.

    Laughter, no-one time;

                nonsensical laughing…listen?

    I smell that, this, each, all,

                aromas everywhere, drifting.

    You, her, me, them, we will return again,

                tomorrow:

                you and me.

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    Tuesday, Sept. 10
     
    1. Read through the items you've added to the lists you wrote yesterday. Find a few items that might be most appealing to write about. Settle finally on one item. 
     
    2. Free write for 12 minutes on the topic you selected. 
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    Monday, Sept. 9
     
    1. Often, it is difficult to know where to start when sitting down to write. Today, we will employ a simple, but potentially helpful technique. We are going to make lists.
    2. In your journal. Write the date and the following heading:
         Important to Me or Say Something about Me

    3. Make 6 columns across two pages using the following headings:

             Things           Activities           Places                     Gestures, Body Language,
                                                                                     Facial Expressions, Verbal Expressions
             

             Books, Movies, Songs,                     People, Names, Nicknames 
          Games, Websites, Lines of...   

    4. Create your lists.
     
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    Friday, Sept. 6
     
    1. Free writing is a technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or staying on topic. It produces raw, often unusable material, but helps writers overcome blocks of apathy and self-criticism. Sometimes small "gems" can be found through this technique.
     
    2. Write in your journals for 15 minutes. Free write about "this week". Let your thoughts go where they will.
     
    3. Share your journal entry with someone.
     
    4. Receive copies of Inkspots 2019. Read and enjoy.
     
    5. Share your favorite piece with someone and suggest why you like it.
     
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    Thursday, Sept. 5
     
    1. Despite the grade level assemblies, we will continue to assess and revise definitions. 
    2. My definition has been evolving and now presents an extended metaphor that plays with some of the elements of an invitation:
     
    Goggles - an invitation to plunge into and linger within a fluid existence where cursive strokes form my signature acceptance 
     
    3. Note: "cursive" is handwriting as opposed to printing
    4. Make our way together through a number of definitions written by students.
     
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    Wed., Sept. 4
     
    1. Receive and discuss the Course Overview.
    2. Recognize the importance of feedback but also recognize that as the author you have the authority to utilize suggestions or not.
    3. Note: Writing is a process and your finished products won't be due until January when assembled into a semester project.
    4. Discuss figurative language in the two sample definitions:
     
    Coffee - a liquid that is like fresh ground heaven and tells me I can do anything
    • coffee is not literally "fresh ground heaven"; the simile speaks of coffee figuratively
    • personification suggests that a liquid "tells" you something;   
     
    Goggles - an invitation to plunge into and linger within a fluid existence 
    • goggles are not literally "an invitation"; instead, a metaphor speaks of goggles figuratively
    7. Figurative language can make your definitions more interesting and crafty.
    6. Begin to read through some of the objects and definitions submitted by students. 
     
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    Tuesday, Sept. 3

    1. Introduce the photo of fishbowls on our class's webpage.
    2. Discuss who, what, where, why, and how of writing. Who among you considers himself or herself a writer? What do you write? Where? etc.
    3. Discuss the course overview.
    4. Receive a card. Write your name.
    5. Write a list of 3 or 4 objects that are important to you. For example, since Im a swimmer, my goggles are important to me.
    6. Then, write definitions for two of your objects. The kind of definition I'd like you to write would never be found in an actual dictionary.
             For example:
     
    Coffee - a liquid that is like fresh ground heaven and tells me I can do anything
     
    Goggles - an invitation to plunge into and linger within a fluid existence
     
    HW: Complete two definitions and email them to orianic@gcufsd.net