Week of 10/2
Week of 9/25
9/29: Two volunteers for workshopping personal essays? Review Grademark comments. Continue revising using lateral revision strategies: self-conference, moment/scene or dialogue and change of form (RevisionWorkshop. Begin linear revision by looking at beginning, middle and end.
9/28: Show typed personal essay drafts. Review the writing process and begin revising using lateral revision strategies: self-conference, moment/scene or dialogue and change of form (RevisionWorkshop.
9/27:Review returned journals (RvwdwJrnl). Review personal essay starts and ideas, choose the most promising or interesting one, and type up a complete draft in A102. (Starting ideas from class include a new perspective, a ritual or process, something lost or found, a new tone, beginning with an object, your original writing sample, and an influential teacher.) We will be working on revision strategies with these complete drafts tomorrow in class.
9/26: Read, write and share one-sentence poems (One-SentencePoems). Read Or re-read “Salvation,” and look at the use of sentence variety (long and short), litany, and one-sentence paragraphs.
9/25: Look at tone/attitude, (Tone Continuum) in particular tones along the continuum from earnest to sincere to ironic to sarcastic to cynical. Read “The Ruin of Me“, “Stupid and Stupider” and “Saved,” and identify the tone of each essay. Choose one of your personal essay starts and begin a draft with a different tone.
Week of 9/18
9/20: Look at Nicholson Baker Descriptions (ExcrptsBxofMatches-NBaker) and rituals (Rituals). Read and write our own rituals or process descriptions.
9/19: Review journal dues date (Journal#1) and goals. Look for clarity and variety (skill, product, process, mechanical or attitude goals) Read “Greatest Challenge” (FindingWaldo) looking for reusable ideas that avoid the cliché topic or cliché perspective, form ideas or techniques. Read “Granny’s Radio” (grannys-radio) as an example of an essay that begins with a description of an object associated with an influential person, moves to the person and finally to a scene that includes the narrator and shows the influence.
Week of 9/11
9/15: Review sub report. Share the most important lines from “That Crucial First Draft” (ThatCrucialFirstDraft). Read, write and share litanies (Litanies).
9/14: Type up a new personal essay draft in E202. You have three choices: 1) write about an idea of your own; 2) Use the significant object prompt introduced yesterday (begin with a description of an object associated with an influential person, move to the person and finally to a scene that includes the narrator and shows the influence (grannys-radio)’ or 3) read “Salvation,” look at the use of litany, one-sentences paragraphs and the sensory details, and write about a time you lost or found faith.
9/13: Review tomorrow’s options. Read “A New Perspective” (A New Perspective ) and write an essay about an issue now seen from a different perspective. Also borrow form ideas (90% in old perspective) and techniques (repetition, sensory details. etc.). Another change of perspective essay: “Off the Road” (Off the Road).
9/11: Review returned writing samples (WSSkills) and the Personal Essay Assignment (peassign). Read “The Proof” and “The Word Shed” and notice the before and after of each essay that shows change. Other reusable personal essay ideas, form ideas or techniques?
Week of 9/5
9/8: Name game? Read “The Crane” (The Crane) and “Life at Home and Abroad” (Life Abroad). Look for reusable ideas, form ideas or techniques. Add five ideas to your personal essay idea list.
9/6: Work on your writing sample (TmdWrtgPEChoices).
9/5: Review time management and writing process strategies for timed writes. Read “The Philosopher” and “Chasing the Night” (ChasingTheNight) and look for reusable ideas, form ideas or techniques. Begin a personal essay draft using ideas from each column.
Week of 8/30
9/1: Look at a few sensory descriptions. Read “My Physics Teacher” and “This is just to say“ (My PT-This is-MyTrig). Look at poem ideas, form ideas and techniques. Write a poem using one or more of those ideas and techniques
8/31: Finish Journal Introduction. Look at the qualities of good writing and the JBHS Writing Rubric (Diagnostic). Review the writing process (The Writing Process) and make a list of ten ideas for a personal essay.
8/30: Share names, reasons for being here, and goals for course. Overview of the course (CW Overview, ClassProcedures). Review the expectations for the Journal (Journal).