Archive | December, 2019

Of Mice and Men p 51-61

19 Dec

Quick Write: How will you spend your break? What do you plan to do? What do you look forward to?

We will read pages 51-61 in Of Mice and Men.

Of Mice and Men -full text

Of Mice and Men Audiobook (up to 1:45:00)

Mid-Quarter Self Evaluation

18 Dec

Today we will be writing a Mid-Quarter Self-Evaluation.

Finishing Up Tribute Pieces

17 Dec

Today we will be back in Room A206 to work on our Tribute Pieces. The assignment is on Google Classroom.

Examples:

Skills That Might Work Well:

Grading:

Thoughtfulness, Effort, Detail (25%): How much thought went into your tribute? Are you using specific details to bring it to life? Are you showing the reader how important this person is to you? Is the piece long enough to adequately show your appreciation?

Organization (25%): Are your ideas organized or are your ideas scattered in whatever random way they came into your head? Did you break ideas up into paragraphs?

Skills (25%): Did you use a variety of skill in your writing to make it more interesting? Make sure you label the skills using the comments feature on Google Docs.

Grammar, Spelling, Clarity, Language Use (25%): Is your piece written well and easy to read? Do you use language that is appropriate for your audience (this might mean a more casual or formal tone, depending on who the piece is for)?

Tribute Piece

16 Dec

Today we will be in Room A206 to work on our Tribute Pieces. The assignment is on Google Classroom. Review recent posts on this page for example pieces and skills you can use in your piece.

Grading:

Thoughtfulness, Effort, Detail: How much thought went into your tribute? Are you using specific details to bring it to life? Are you showing the reader how important this person is to you? Is the piece long enough to adequately show your appreciation?

Organization: Are your ideas organized or are your ideas scattered in whatever random way they came into your head? Did you break ideas up into paragraphs?

Skills: Did you use a variety of skill in your writing to make it more interesting? Did you label the skills using the comments feature on Google Docs?

Grammar, Spelling, Clarity, Language Use: Is your piece written well and easy to read? Do you use language that is appropriate for your audience (this might mean a more casual or formal tone, depending on who the piece is for)?

Review Writing Techniques in “Dear Basketball”

13 Dec

Today we will review two tribute pieces. Michael Jordan’s “Dear Basketball” and Kobe Bryant’s “Dear Basketball.” Both were written by the player’s when they retired.

Plan Your Tribute Piece

12 Dec

Today we will be working on the computers to plan our Tribute Pieces.

The assignment is on Google Classroom and is called Tribute Planning.

New Skillz! Tribute Piece! Kobe!

11 Dec

Quick Write: Write about an experience that was difficult at the time but you can now laugh about. Are there any times like that with the person you are writing about in your tribute piece?

Wednesday Wisdom:

They say we don’t remember what people said to us, but we remember how they made us feel. How does the person in your tribute piece make you feel? Do you remember any specific things they’ve said to you?

Skill- Personification:

Giving human or life-like qualities to things that are not human or living.  By giving human traits and actions to nonhuman things, we can bring them to life.

Why use it? Personification will add life and action to your writing.

Examples:

From Speak: “The school bus wheezes to my corner.”

From Lord of the Flies: “…the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence”

Ex: “The guitar sang a melody that danced across the room.”

What to Try:

Try using verbs (action words) a person might do to describe a characteristic of a nonhuman thing.

Try using descriptions that apply to people on nonhuman things.

Try placing emotions on nonhuman things.

Try giving nonhuman things human desires.

Try comparing parts of nonhuman things to parts of humans.

Here is a slide show of these notes.

Skill- Epistolary Writing:

-a piece of writing written as a letter or journal/diary entry.

Examples:

Dear Basketball MICHAEL JORDAN

Dear Basketball Kobe Bryant

Go Ask Alice

Skill: Bookending–

A technique for ending a writing piece, in which an idea that was brought up earlier in the piece is returned to.  Sometimes referred to as a frame story.

Examples from movies:

The Princess Bride– The story starts with a grandfather reading a story to his sick grandson.  The actual movie is the story, but every once in a while the “bookend” or “frame story” is reintroduced.  The movie ends with the grandfather and the boy finishing the book.

The Wizard of Oz– The story begins with a tornado in Kansas.  Dorothy is knocked unconscious and awakens in the land of Oz.  The story ends with Dorothy awakening from a dream back in Kansas.

Dear Basketball by Kobe Bryant

We will read Kobe Bryant’s tribute to basketball, which he wrote when he retired.