WEEK TWENTY ONE-- JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 2
Monday-- Course Introduction (syllabus and welcome letter). Introduction to the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing and Archetypes.
Tuesday-- We continued out discussion of Situational and Character Archetypes.
Wednesday-- Ms. Johnson absent. The students completed their first "Free Write".
Thursday-- Students completed Chain Stories.
Friday-- We began discussing The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. We read an article outlining the history of the tale and watched a brief video about the original illustrations. I assigned the "Under the Rug" story. The video can be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrCTSNPVhXI
WEEK TWENTY TWO-- FEBRUARY 5-9
Monday-- Classes met in the computer lab to work on drafts of "Under the Rug". Final versions will be due on Thursday at the beginning of class.
Tuesday-- We met in the library and continued "Under the Rug".
Wednesday-- SNOW DAY
Thursday-- The students met in the lab to complete their "Under the Rug" stories. Two hard copies due tomorrow.
Friday-- Free Write Friday #2
WEEK TWENTY THREE-- FEBRUARY 12-16
Monday-- The students worked in small groups to peer edit Harris Burdick stories.
Tuesday-- The students worked on chrombooks to finalize Harris Burdick stories. Due tomorrow.
Wednesday-- I collected "Under the Rug" stories. I discussed the "Piecing it Together" assignment.
Thursday-- The students worked on chromebooks on their "Piecing it Together" drafts.
Friday-- 3rd period-- Student assembly 7th period-- Students worked on "Piecing it Together" drafts.
FEBRUARY 19-23 WINTER BREAK
WEEK TWENTY FOUR-- FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 2
Monday-- The students submitted "Piecing it Together" stories. I distributed pennies for the "Penny for you Thoughts-- Your Two Cents" writing assignment. Students must draft an original short story from the POV of a penny and set in the year during which the penny was minted. They has the period to reserach major trends/events from the year.
Tuesday-- The students had the class period to draft their "Penny for Your Thoughts" story.
Wednesday-- The students had the class period to draft their "Penny for Your Thoughts" story.
Thursday-- We began our discussion of the "VOICE" trait. Students completed the "illustrating voice" assignment.
Friday-- SNOW DAY
WEEK TWENTY FIVE-- MARCH 5-9
Monday-- We began discussing the "Raising Voices" monologue assignment. Students randomly selected characters and situations and gean utilizing voice to draft (and eventually perform) original monologues.
Tuesday-- The students had the period to work on the chromebooks to draft their monologue.
Wednesday-- We began discussing the trait of WORD CHOICE. The students watched a video clip three times-- each time focusing of a different aspect of the film. They took notes each time-- specifically about setting, character, and emotion.
Thursday-- The student utilized their notes from yesterday's video to draft a "reverse screenplay" based on the information provided in the movie The students were directed to utilize 24 SPECIFIC words (active verbs and imagery) to illustrate what was on the screen.
Friday-- Free Write Friday #3
WEEK TWENTY SIX-- MARCH 12-16
Monday-- Students presented their Raising Voices Monologues
Tuesday-- TWO HOUR DELAY Students presented their Raising Voices Monologues
Wednesday-- SUPERINTENDENT'S DAY
Thursday-- TWO HOUR DELAY-- Free Write "Friday" #4
Friday-- Students presented their Raising Voices Monologue
WEEK TWENTY SEVEN-- MARCH 19-23
Monday-- We began the Word Choice Activity: Six Word Stories. Students worked on rough drafts.
Tuesday-- Students had ten minutes to finalize and post their Six Word Stories. We began voting on winners for each category..
Wednesday-- We finished voting on Six Word Story winners. We discussed the Writer's Chair assignment, and I returned graded work and folders.
Thursday-- We discussed the Writer's Chair Contest-- students worked on edits and/or new original pieces. Final draft with cover sheet due on March 29th.
Friday-- Free Write Friday #5
WEEK TWENTY- EIGHT-- MARCH 26-30
Monday-- We began discussing the "Shoe Fly" ode writing assignment.
Tuesday-- The students had the class period to continue drafting their "Shoe Fly" ode. Final draft and colored image of shoe are due before class time tomorrow.
Wednesday-- We shared "Shoe Fly" odes and matched author with text.
Thursday-- We finished matching "Shoe Fly" authors and texts.
Friday-- NO SCHOOL
WEEK TWENTY-NINE APRIL 2-6
Monday-- We began discussing Fixed Form poetry. The students had the period to draft 12 original fixed form poems (haiku, limerick, acrostic, epitaph, cinquain, and diamante).
Tuesday-- The students had the class period to finish drafting their fixed form poems.
Wednesday-- We began discussing color poetry. The students had the class period to draft and original color poem.
Thursday-- The students had the period to finish drafting their color poems-- imagery should be included-- along with creative fonts, etc.
Friday-- Free Write Friday
WEEK THIRTY-- APRIL 9-13
Monday-- We continued celebrating Poetry Month with Found Poetry-- they utilized magazine pages to draft 10-15 line original texts.
Tuesday-- The students had the class period to complete their magazine found poems.
Wednesday-- The students worked on second Found Poems using an excerpt from the novel Brave New World.
Thursday-- The students completed their Brave New World Found Poems.
Friday-- Free Write Friday