Category: English 8

English 8 – Thursday, February 22nd

Book talk & Indie read.  “Cleaning up” your word choices:  watch 29 Words to Cut From Your Novel – Vivien Reis.  Read:  43 Words You Should Cut from Your Writing Immediately – Diana Urban

Next, you will be submitting for evaluation and feedback one of the three drafts you have written.  Choose wisely.

Work to notice unnecessary, redundant, and clumsy word choices and make better ones.

Tomorrow:  Lab time for work on Submission #1.

 

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English 8 – Wednesday, February 21st

Book talk & Indie read.  Read:  “25 Things You Should Know About Endings” from The Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig.

For tomorrow:  Write an alternate ending for each of your 3 drafts (indelible moment, critical review, and photo memoir).  Use the print copies given out in class.

Upcoming:  We will be improving our drafts and choosing a paper (this week) for submission (next week).

English 8 – Tuesday, February 20th

Book talk & Indie read.  Quickwrite #13:  Smell?  Read:  “Hit Dem Senses” from Crafting Authentic Voice by Tom Romano.  Find sensory image in the mentor text from Violent Ends.

For tomorrow:  Bring your print drafts of the first two papers as we will use them in class (you wrote optional beginnings on them a week or so ago).

Upcoming:  We will be improving our drafts and choosing a paper (this week) for submission (next week).

English 8 – Thursday, February 15th

Book talk & Indie read.  WRITE CLUB – photo memoir. (You’ll need papers to work with next week, so be sure to complete and/or fix-up your drafts.)

Use feedback from WRITE CLUB to fuel changes that improve, add-to, or otherwise enhance your paper.  Add the picture if you haven’t yet 🙂

Deadlines:

  • Technically, draft deadlines on DRAFT#1 (indelible moment), DRAFT#2 (critical review), and DRAFT#3 (photo memoir) have passed.  BUT. . .  if you haven’t finished and/or uploaded them, Mrs. C needs them!

English 8 – Wednesday, February 14th

Book talk & Indie read.  Lab time for work on photo memoir papers.

Deadlines:

  • Draft #3 for WRITE CLUB tomorrow.  Upload to BOTH the folder you share with Mrs. C and your personal draft folder you share with your WRITE CLUB.
  • Technically, draft deadlines on DRAFT#1 (indelible moment) and DRAFT#2 (critical review) have passed.  BUT. . .  if you haven’t finished and/or uploaded them, Mrs. C needs them!

English 8 – Tuesday, February 13th

Book talk & Indie read.  Quickwrite #12: Random picture write.  RLaW:  “All Parents are Cowards” by Michael Christie (photo-memoir).

Upcoming: Work on photo memoir papers – we will have lab time Wednesday and WRITE CLUB on Thursday!

Deadlines:  Technically, draft deadlines on DRAFT#1 (indelible moment) and DRAFT#2 (critical review) have passed.  BUT. . .  if you haven’t finished and/or uploaded them, Mrs. C needs them!

English 8 – Monday, February 12th

Book talk & Indie read.  Quickwrite #11:  Waiting: The DJ Morrell Story How is the story told?  What do the writers do to lure you in? To keep you there?  How do they end it?  Consider how the images impact the storytelling (the place where photo/video and writing(words) meet).  Read:  “Mind Pictures” by Tom Romano.

DRAFT #3 – photo memoir

Upcoming: Work on photo memoir papers – we will have lab time Wednesday and WRITE CLUB on Thursday!

Deadlines:  Technically, draft deadlines on DRAFT#1 (indelible moment) and DRAFT#2 (critical review) have passed.  BUT. . .  if you haven’t finished and/or uploaded them, Mrs. C needs them!

English 8 – Friday, February 9th

Book trailers & Indie read. Quickwrite #10:  6 Photographers 1 ManBeginnings:  read “Lead” from A Writer Teaches Writing by Donald Murray.  In WRITE CLUB groups choose your favorite beginning for the sample piece by Tom Romano.

In addition to using the feedback received or realizations made in WRITE CLUB to make positive changes to the drafts in your Dropbox, take a look at your alternate beginnings and see if any might be better than your original.  (If you fell into a predictable trap of opening with a question, second-person, or a formula intro, choose one of your new openings, for sure). 🙂

Deadlines:  Technically, draft deadlines on DRAFT#1 (indelible moment) and DRAFT#2 (critical review) have passed.  BUT. . .  if you haven’t finished and/or uploaded them, Mrs. C needs them!

Upcoming:  Photo Memoir papers!  You will need a photo of an inanimate (not-alive) object or piece of clothing from your life – one you can associate with a personal story.

English 8 – Thursday, February 8th

Guest book talk & Indie read.  A look at beginnings – info slides.  Experiment by writing two alternate beginnings to each of your two drafts (indelible moment & critical review).  Copies of your papers were handed out for this purpose.  Bring them to class TOMORROW!

Use the feedback received or realizations made in WRITE CLUB to make positive changes to the drafts in your Dropbox. 🙂

Deadlines:  Technically, draft deadlines on DRAFT#1 (indelible moment) and DRAFT#2 (critical review) have passed.  BUT. . .  if you haven’t finished and/or uploaded them, Mrs. C needs them!

English 8 – Wednesday, February 7th

Book browse & Indie read.  WRITE CLUB #2 – critical reviews.

Use the feedback received or realizations made in WRITE CLUB to make positive changes to the drafts in your Dropbox. 🙂

Deadlines:  Technically, draft deadlines on DRAFT#1 (indelible moment) and DRAFT#2 (critical review) have passed.  BUT. . .  if you haven’t finished and/or uploaded them, Mrs. C needs them!