Tuesday, 16 May

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Took the final assessment

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • You need to make up the assessment. Pick up a copy in class.

HOMEWORK
  • Any missing work
  • Your journals are due Friday. You should have ten pages hand-written. I won't be reading them all--I'll just check through what you wrote.
  • Warmup packets are due Friday. You need to have all the warmups completed, even if you were absent. See the slideshow at the top of the page.
  • Euros are due Friday.
  • Any missing work and extra credit is due by Thursday, 25 May. I will be finalizing grades that day.

Friday, 12 May

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Did some writing based on short films

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • No warmup today
  • You don't need to make up anything if you missed today

HOMEWORK
  • Any missing work

Thursday, 11 May

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Finished the picture book project

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Finish your picture book and turn it in

HOMEWORK
  • Any missing work

Tuesday, 9 May

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Worked on the picture book assignment

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Your picture book is due at the end of class on Thursday (11 May). The book:
    • Should have at least five pages
    • Should include at least the equivalent of a half sheet of handwriting split up over the five pages
    • Should have a neat final project written or typed on plain white paper in the form of a book, and should include pictures
  • Complete the following steps:
    1. Do some prewriting: Brainstorm a list of possible topics for a children’s book. Turn this in when you finish it.
    2. Write the text. The book should have at least five pages and have at least a total of a half page of writing (divided up across the pages)
    3. Show your draft to Ms. Gold to get some feedback
    4. Revise your work. Go back through and think about how you can make the story more clear and better sounding.
    5. Write your final draft of the story (on plain white paper put together in book form)
    6. Add pictures. You can illustrate them yourself, or you can go home and print out pictures (if you do, be sure to include your source for every picture; don’t steal).
    7. Turn in your final draft at the end of class on Thursday! Extra credit for reading your book to the class.

HOMEWORK
  • Any missing work

Thursday, 4 May

We read some picture books and students started writing their own picture books. See Tuesday, 9 May for detailed instructions.

Tuesday, 2 May

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We finished the autobiography project

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • No warmup today
  • You need to complete and turn in your autobiography project.
    • Parts 1, 2, and 4: See the slideshow on April 20th
    • Part 3: See the entry on April 13th

HOMEWORK
  • If you didn't turn in the project today, you need to complete it at home and bring it in

Thursday, 27 April

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Worked on finishing previous parts of the autobiography project
  • Turned in the song list assignment (described on 20 April)

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Get the autobiography assignments in!

HOMEWORK
  • Any unfinished assignments

Tuesday, 25 April

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Students worked on finishing previous parts of the autobiography project

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • See the deadlines under "homework"

HOMEWORK
  • The assignment described on 18 April was due today.
  • The assignment described on 20 April is due on Thursday. It needs to be a final copy: Written neatly in pen or typed up and printed.

Friday, 21 April

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Students worked on the autobiography project described on 18 April and the one described on 20 April

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • See "Homework" (below)

HOMEWORK
  • The assignment described on 18 April is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday
  • The assignment described on 20 April is due on Thursday. You'll have about 30 minutes to work on it on Tuesday.

Thursday, 20 April

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We worked on the next section of your autobiography project

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • There was no warmup today
  • Turn in your polished copy of your assignment from Tuesday, 18 April to the basket when you get back
  • Complete today's assignment:
    1. Brainstorm a list of songs you like.
    2. Go through the list and think about your life. Choose 5-10 songs that would play in a movie of your life. They might be songs that fit specific moments of your life, or that fit with your personality and life in general.
    3. Write a paragraph explaining how each of these songs fits you or a moment in your life.
  • Note: Next time, I'll ask students to share a song and explain what they wrote about it. These songs need to be school-appropriate.

HOMEWORK
  • Finish the soundtrack writing assignment if you didn't finish it in class.


Tuesday, 18 April

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We worked on the next section of your autobiography project

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Look at the slideshow posted on 13 April. Follow the directions on slides 9-12.

HOMEWORK
  • Bring a final copy of today's assignment next time. You can write it neatly in pen or type it up and print it. Bring it to class next time.

Thursday, 13 April

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Started an autobiography project

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • See the slideshow posted under "Materials Used in Class." Follow the directions on slides 6-8

HOMEWORK
  • None

MATERIALS USED IN CLASS


Tuesday, 11 April

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We talked about starting your writing with a "hook"

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Look at the slideshow posted under "Materials Used in Class" and complete the following:
    • 1. Complete the activity on slide #27
    • 2. Watch the clip on slide #28
    • 3. Starting on slide #31, there are various essay prompts. For each one, use one of the techniques from the video clip to write a "hook" for how you would start that essay.
  • Turn in everything you wrote to the basket when you get back to class

HOMEWORK
  • None

MATERIALS USED IN CLASS


Thursday, 30 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We made a "found" or "erasure" poem

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Complete your own found poem:
    • Check out some examples
    • Choose your own page, or pick one up in class
    • Your poem is made up of words, but how you illustrate the rest of the page is also important
    • Turn it in when you get back to class

HOMEWORK
  • Anything you haven't completed in class

Tuesday, 28 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We spent one more day working on scholarship essays

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Complete the final draft of your scholarship application essay on your own. Turn it in when you get back to class.

HOMEWORK
  • If you haven't completed and revised a scholarship application essay in class, you need to complete it on your own as homework

Friday, 24 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Students completed a final draft for their scholarship application essay

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Complete the final draft of your scholarship application essay on your own. Turn it in when you get back to class.

HOMEWORK
  • If you haven't completed and revised a scholarship application essay in class, you need to complete it on your own as homework

Thursday, 23 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Worked on your essay for your scholarship application

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Follow the instructions posted on 21 March

HOMEWORK
  • You need a complete a first draft--finish at home if you haven't finished in class

Tuesday, 21 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Worked on writing for scholarship applications

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • No warmup today
  • You need to write 500 words for the scholarship application or applications of your choice (if you choose one that requires 250 words, for example, you'll need to choose another scholarship, too)
  • Choose a scholarship--try looking at this link
  • Write a draft
  • Show your draft to Ms. Gold next class (it's worth 15 points)
  • Next class, you'll be writing a final draft

HOMEWORK
  • Finish your first draft if you didn't in class