Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Air Traffic and What Poetry Cannot and Can Do for Us

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Secrets of Good Writers

Secrets of Good Writers 

• Think about their writing all the time (not just during writing time)
• Write to figure out what they want to say
• Write with their reader in mind
• Reread as they go—helps their thinking
• Read piece aloud to self—hear how it really sounds
• Read a lot; read quality literature; read like a writer (notice what authors do, including craft)
• Get their behinds in the chair every day, and write
• Often write best in a quiet, organized space
• Stick with it even when the going gets rough
• Don’t always love to write but love having written
• Get feedback from other writers
• Revise as they go along (not just after they have written)
• Know a lot about their topic (or find out what they need to know)
 • Are relentless about accuracy: facts, conventions, spelling, form, format, grammar, presentation

                           --Regie Routman

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Good Writing

“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.”—John Edgar Wideman

Monday, May 22, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

 Today is Yearbook Day.
Stay in your assigned class until excused. 
Be a polite audience member for the movie. 
Don't write or draw anything in a yearbook that you will regret later. 

Modified Schedule for May 25th (Yearbook day)
A1 8:15-9:50 Hand out yearbooks and watch Norm Lyde’s movie in the auditorium by all call.
A2 9:55-10:25
A3 10:30-11:00
A4 11:05-11:35
Lunch - 11:40-12:25 Pizza and J-Dawgs
B1 12:30-1:00
B2 1:05-1:35
B3  1:40-2:10
B4 2:15-2:45
We will have JDawgs for lunch on yearbook day.  The cost to the students is $2 in cash.

Last Day -- Friday, May 26:
The outside doors will be locked and all students will enter from the west doors at 8:15am.  Students report to the theater. Students will stay in the auditorium until 10:00 am, at which time they will be dismissed from school.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:
Turn in your unused hall passes, if you haven't.
Take your composition books home today.

Plan ahead for how you will sign yearbooks.

Targets for Today:


Today’s  Agenda:

Scribble:  Write a response to the music video.

Chain Stories

If I were an animal, I'd be an eagle.
If I were an eagle, I'd fly across the United States.
If I flew across the United States, I'd stop at every national park.
If I stopped at every national park, I'd. . . . .

Magnetic Poetry

A bit of Grammar Punk, adapted.

Reading each other's work.

If You Were Absent:



Monday, May 22, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:
Hand in your unused hall passes today or next time. 

Take your composition books home next time.  

May 25 is yearbook day.

  • You will spend about a half-hour each in all eight classes. 
  • J-Dawgs will be available to buy for lunch. 
  • You may want to think ahead about how you will sign yearbooks.  
  • Bring a good pen for signing. 
  • Don't write anything you will regret later. 

Hints for yearbook signing: .

Targets for Today:

I can write a variety of things.
I can revise, edit, and polish my work.

Today’s  Agenda:

1. Scribble:  Title it "Summer Camp."  Imagine your own ideal summer camp. It could be based in reality or fantasy.  Tell about, either as a story, a letter home from camp, or as an advertisement for it with enough text to let the reader know exactly what it offers.   
Where will it take place? How long will you be there? Is it focused on a certain theme or skill?  What will the campers do there?  

Lab 202 -

  • Select the three best items you have worked on in Google Docs (excluding the child's book).  Finish (if needed), carefully revise, and print them by the end of class. 
  • Turn them in.
  • Make sure your name is on each. 

If you have extra time, continue to work on any of these. 
a tall tale
monologue by the "bad guy"
a skit about an escape 
continue from story starters 

If You Were Absent: