English Homework

Week of 11/13

11/15: (#5) Write a poem using some of the topics, forms, strategies and/or techniques we’ve looked at in class (poems shapes, sensory descriptions, litanies, metaphor, memory poems, etc).
11/14: (#4) Write another ode.
11/13: (#3) Write another sound poem. Try to have it make only sound sense.

Week of 11/7

11/8: (#2) Spend 15-20 minutes revising your position paper incorporating my feedback. Or free choice.
11/7: (#1) Write a poem using one of the shapes introduced today.

Wek of 10/30

11/2: (#10) Spend 15 minutes using today’s feedback to clean up your position paper
11/1: (#9) Bring three copies of your position paper best draft for proofreading groups tomorrow.
10/31: (#8) Complete your Works Cited and email me a copy at jpowers [at] er9 [dot] org.

Week of 10/23

10/25: (#7) Spend at least 20 more minutes developing the research base of your position papers. Go online, interview someone, conduct a small poll, etc.
10/24: (#7) Spend at least 20 minutes developing the research base of your position papers. Go online, interview someone, conduct a small poll, etc.
10/23: (#6) Spend at least 20 minutes developing the organization of your position papers. Refer to the options from Writing Inside Out (WtgInsideOut).

Week of 10/16

10/19: (#5) Spend at least 20 minutes developing the research base for your position papers.  Conduct a survey or an interview, find a personal story to make the problem vivid to a reader, find a powerful statistic or expert quote, explain a current event that puts the issue in context, etc.
10/18: (#4) Choose a different position paper topic and spend 20 minutes developing a draft.
10/16: (#3) Spend 20 minutes writing an Instant Draft of one of your position paper ideas.

Week of 10/10

10/12: (#2) Spend 20 minutes revising your personal essay. If you’re done revising, spend 20 minutes developing a draft of a position paper.
10/10: (#1) Make a list of 10 possible fresh topics for your position paper.  Next to each item, list examples, arguments, reasons, etc. you might use in each essay.

Week of 10/2

10/5: (#13) Prepare your essay in order to share a final draft tomorrow.
10/2: (#12) Cut 100 words from the middle of your personal essay.

Week of 9/25

9/28: (#11) Write about your topic in a different form (a rap, a cartoon, a recipe, etc: Forms4Writing).
9/26: (#10: Again) Reread your best personal essay draft and pick three things you’d like to get feedback on. (For example, you might be worried about the conclusion or the title or the concision.) Re-share your personal essay with me with a comment on the top listing those three areas.
9/25: (#10) Reread your best personal essay draft and pick three things you’d like to get feedback on. (For example, you might be worried about the conclusion or the title or the concision.) Re-share your personal essay with me with a comment on the top listing those three areas.

Week of 9/18

9/19: (#9) Spend 20 minutes writing your personal essay. If you’ve written it all the way through, try to remove repetitions to cut it by 10%.
9/18: (#8) Spend 20 minutes writing an alternative conclusion for your personal essay.

Week of 9/11

9/14: No homework
9/13: (#7) Make a list of ten possible titles for your essay.
9/12: (#6) Think of someone you are close to or admire. Think of an object you associate with that person (a car, a pipe, a hand bag, a hat, etc.) Spend ten minutes describing that object using sensory details (colors, shapes, dimensions, sounds, smells, textures, etc.) Create a vivid picture using only words.

Week of 9/5

9/7:(#5) Write three more sensory descriptions but use all the senses this time: Sound, smell, touch, taste and sight. Avoid metaphor, summary, judgment, explanation – just sensory details.
9/6:(#4) Write down three writing goals for yourself for the semester and two learning goals.
9/5: (#3) Write three detailed descriptions starting with “I see…”  or “I saw….” (Sensory Desc).  Use only visual descriptions and do not use metaphor or interpretation.

Week of 8/31

8/31: (#2) Choose an animal you think you are like and an animal you’d like to be more like. Explain each choice.
8/30: (#1) Buy a three-ring binder.  Send me an email at JPowers [at] region9ps [dot] org and say hello.