Monday, March 24, 2014

Day 135!

Welcome back from Spring Break! Wahoo! Only 10 weeks left of school!

Remember, your revised Character Sketches are due today! If you already submitted them before break, you do not need to do so again. Be sure though, that you have highlighted your changes by typing additional information in a new color of font, and adding the strikethrough effect to anything you decided to delete. If you did not already do so, please submit your revised sketch using the form below.

Once you have finished with that, we will begin work on our next stories! These stories, as you should know by now will star the character you have created. It should also be told in their voice (remember we practiced creating voice before break), so your story should be written in 1st person!

Before you begin writing, you will need to complete a pre-writing activity. You may use the standard Brainstorming Map, OR you may create your own version of prewriting. This pre-writing activity, however, should answer all of the questions that are on the map.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 132!

Wednesday! Except, this Wednesday is kind of like a Thursday, since we don't have school on Friday! Yay!

We'll pick up today with our peer feedback on the character sketches. I will give you about 10 minutes to discuss each piece with your group (what you thought was great, what you thought wasn't as great...etc.) Be sure to use your feedback sheets to guide your discussions.

After that, we will talk about our next topic, voice. We'll have a brief discussion and then a story time!

As we have story time, I want you to pay attention to the voice, and answer take a couple of notes based on the following questions:

  • What are some noticeable things about this voice?
  • What personality does the voice have?
  • What words or  phrases give that impression? 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 131!

Happy Tuesday!

We will be doing some more work with the character sketches that you created during class yesterday and Friday. Today will be a sort of mini-workshop for your sketches. You will be assigned to small groups. Each member of the group will share their sketch out to the other group members. You will read through each sketch and provide feedback using the Character Sketch Peer Feedback Form.

Once you are done reading and feedbacking, you will discuss your thoughts in a workshop format (like we do with the stories).

With whatever time is remaining, you will revise your current character sketch. Please type your changes and additions in a different color. Your revised sketch will be due by class time tomorrow!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Day 130!

Happy Monday!

Today will be a work day for your Character Sketches. Remember, they will be due at the end of class today! Please submit your sketch using the form below when you have finished! If you'd like to reference the Character Sketch presentation again, please click HERE.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Day 127!

Happy Wednesday!

Today we will pick up where we left off yesterday. You will start by grouping up with the other students who read the same part of Chapter 5 that you did. You will discuss the reading, what you found to be the important parts, the confusing parts, and identify the writing tips. Together you will make a graphic organizer poster that details:

  • The most important ideas of the section
  • Writing tips in student-friendly words (this poster will serve as advice for your fellow classmates)
The posters should be easy to read and colorful. 

Once each group has completed their poster, we will take time to share out to the other groups. 

If we get time after that, we will begin creating our "standout" characters through the use of character sketch analysis. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day 126!

Happy Tuesday!

This week we will be focusing on how to create Standout Characters!

Today, you will each be reading a section from chapter 5 of Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling.

By the end of our discussions this week, you will be able to answer:

  • What makes a character relatable?
  • How do you keep people interested in your character?
  • What is an antagonist?
  • What makes a good antagonist?
  • What makes a secondary character appealing?
  • What makes a character universal?
  • How do you make characters seem warm and alive?
You will be reading the same selection as 2 other people. As you read, do the following:

  • Highlight the important points
  • Put a question mark by things that confuse you
  • Underline tips for good creative writing.