Non Fiction Friday; Return Memoirs; Discuss Extended Metaphor Piece

19 Sep

Reminder: Make sure your read part 1 of our book by Monday!

Non Fiction Friday:

In your notebooks discuss the following quotes.

12th Grade: “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” -Henry David Thoreau

9th Grade: “We’ve spent so much time judging what other people have created that we’ve created very, very little of our own” -Chuck Palahniuk from Choke

10th Grade: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” -George Carlin

Quick Writes:

For 30 seconds each, make a list of things: 1. You want  2. You feel  3. You pretend  4.  You worry about.

-This exercise is to prepare us for our next writing piece, due Wednesday the 24th, the Extended Metaphor Poem

Returning Memoirs

Today you will receive your memoirs back.  They are worth 10 points on your average.  You are free to revise them at any time during the quarter, and could potentially earn all 10 points on the assignment.

Some general comments:

  • Break your ideas into paragraphs!
  • Watch for run on or fragmented sentences
  • Title your piece! (“Memoir” is a genre, not a title)

Skill: Showing not Telling– instead of telling us something, show us!


Telling: Roger is mean.

Showing: Roger tripped me in the hallway. At lunch, in between harassing freshmen, he was throwing french fries at our table.

Telling: The girls were excited.

Showing: Giggles and screams filled the arena. The soft curls were now damp with perspiration and the anticipation of the event. They held tight to each other in a mock effort to contain themselves. Arms flailed upward, and voices echoed in varying tones. The moment was here.

Telling: The room was vacant.

Showing: The door opened with a resounding echo that seemed to fill the house. Cob webs once attached flowed freely in the air as the open door brought light to a well worn floor. The light gave notice to the peeling paint on the walls and to the silhouettes once covered by pictures. The new air gave life to a stuffiness that entrapped the room. Faded and torn white sheets covered once new furniture now drowning in dust.

More in depth discussion Here.

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