Archive | September, 2015

Intro to Memoir

18 Sep

Today we read our Six Word Memoirs in class.

Then we saw some examples of student created Memoirs, like this one:

Finally you were given time to work on brainstorming for your own memoir, which will be due on Friday Sept. 25th.

Have a great weekend!

Type Six Word Memoirs

17 Sep

Today we will be in the computer lab.

Quick Writes:

-Write about something you are proud of.

-Write about something you are ashamed of.

In the lab you will type your six word memoir, add pictures, give it personality, and print it out.

Organizing Ideas into Paragraphs; Six Word Memoirs

16 Sep

Quick Write: write about a favorite (or least favorite) memory.

SkillOrganizing Ideas in Paragraphs

-helps reader comprehend your writing, a courtesy, like holding the door open for someone.

1 idea per paragraph

Paragraphs cause readers to pause and absorb what they just read.  Paragraphs can be used to control readers pace or to get the reader to focus on a single sentence or word.

Usually there is a TOPIC SENTENCE, which tells you what the paragraph is about, and a CONCLUDING SENTENCE that wraps up the ideas of the paragraph.

When writing dialogue, a new paragraph should be created each time the speaker changes.

Six Word Memoir

Listen to this radio show from NPR.

Then write a six word memoir for yourself and one for a famous person.

Extended Metaphor Due Today – Non Fiction

11 Sep

Today our extended metaphor piece is due, make sure you have it with you in class, typed.  I will show you how to label your skills and fill out the rubric.

From there we will read the following articles:

9th Grade: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known in High School by Mackenzie Cooper

12th Grade: 17 Things I Want Myself to Remember Senior Year

Have a great weekend!!!

Tuesday and Wednesday: Extended Metaphor Piece

9 Sep

This week we are focusing on our first writing piece, the extended metaphor piece.  Your task will be to write a piece that makes a comparison between two things throughout the piece. You may write a poem of at least 12 lines or write a prose (not poetry) piece of at least 250 words. We will be in the computer lab A206 on Thursday to type, and the final copy is due in class Friday.

Tuesday and Wednesday in Class:

You received helpful information about the writer’s notebook.  We also read “My Sorrow” from the packet (read it here:my sorrow).

Quick Writes: write about  1. What you want 2. What you feel 3. What you pretend about 4. What you worry about.

We then had time in class to begin writing our extended metaphor piece.

Skill: Sensory Imagery

Sensory Imagery: descriptive language that uses any of the five sense (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch).

Our five senses are how we experience the world.  Without them, how would we know what is going on around us?  How would we even know anything is going on around us at all?

Describe the input your five senses are receiving to help your reader understand what it was like to experience what you are writing about.




Extended Metaphor, Quick Writes

4 Sep

Quick Writes

Compare yourself to the following:

  • an animal
  • an object you’d find in the kitchen
  • a month
  • a natural weather occurrence
  • a food

Choose any of the things from above and write down as many characteristics about it as you can think of.

New Skill: Extended Metaphor

Extended Metaphor- a comparison that lasts more than one line of a piece of writing.

George Gray is “A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor” (Spoon River Anthology).
“My Sorrow” by Isabella Leitner: Her memories of the Holocaust are compared to an annoying travel companion that won’t leave her alone.

Read “George Gray” and “My Sorrow”extended metaphor george gray my sorrow

-What is George Gray compared to? What is the author saying about George Gray as a person?

Baseline Tests

3 Sep

Today will be spent taking baseline exams.  Every student must complete one.  Good luck!