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Creating a Writing Community
- Log on to wordpress. If you don't have a blog, make one. If you do have one, make sure you can log in. Keep the log on information somewhere safe since you will access this almost daily.
- Download the wordpress app to your phone if you can. It is the easiest way to post photos and quick updates.
- Make your QR code poster. Once you finish it, save it, and email it to me so I can print it out and hang it on the wall.
- Load content onto your blog: Your six word memoir and your letter to me.
- Finish all that? Help someone else who is having trouble or begin commenting on other students' blogs.
Important things to include when writing descriptively are:
1) DETAILS -- every tiny detail matters
2) imagery (5 senses) -- taste, touch, smell, taste, sight
3) Carefully chosen vocabulary -- was it "fun" or was it "thrilling" or "amusing" or "entertaining"?
What Does a Good Review Look and Sound Like?
Structure of a Review
- Introduction -- tell me a little about your product as if I didn't know anything about it.
- DESCRIBE, DESCRIBE, DESCRIBE -- using the tools for good descriptive writing, describe your product down to the smallest detail. Don't leave anything out!
- Give your opinion -- what did you think about it? Why? Give specific examples.
- Downsides? -- was there anything you didn't enjoy about your product?
- Conclude -- summarize your product, your experience, and leave a recommendation for your reader.
Write Your Own
Write a review of a place that you went or of something you did this summer. You will get feedback from ME and your PEERS before you turn in your final draft.
Fed Man Walking
Nothing Inspires Good Writing Like A Sugar Rush
Now, unwrap it. While it's in your mouth, write a metaphor, a simile, and a sentence containing personification that helps describe the taste.
Write a sentence that summarizes your Jolly Rancher experience that includes how you felt and expresses your opinion. Did it bring up any old memories? Did it improve your mood?
Revisiting Fed Man Walking
You'll be hunting for examples of similes, metaphors, and personification.
Write Your Own Restaurant Reveiw
You must also include 1 simile, 1 metaphor, and 1 example of personification.
Fix And Improve
Circle 10 "lame" words. If you can't find 10, have a partner help you identify some. Replace them with better words. Use a thesaurus to find two replacement words that would help create a better image. There's no shame in using resources to improve your writing.
Give your paper to a peer. With your new paper, find the simile, metaphor, and personification. Put stars by them when you find them! If they are missing one or more, make a note about which ones you did NOT find. Return the paper to its original owner.
Turn your "telling" sentences into "showing" sentences. Find sentences where you've directly told the reader something rather than describing it so they can see it for themselves. We'll talk about this one as a class!
The Wicked Sick Project
Explore and Answer the Following Questions
•Who is their intended audience? (male, female, old, young…)
•What strategies do they use to get that audience’s attention?
•What is the tone/voice of their advertisement? How do you know?
Create Your Own "Wicked Sick" Ad
•Brainstorm used possession that you do not want anymore. Come up with at least three.
•Select one of the items to sell with a creative, written, and visual, online advertisement.
Before You Write Your Ad, Consider the Following:
•Who will your intended audience be? (male, female, old, young…)
•What strategies will you use to get that audience’s attention?
•What will the tone/voice of your advertisement be?
Post Your Ad to Your Blog
Once you post your ad, comment on three other people's ads. Answer the following questions in thoughtful, complete sentences in the comment section of that person's blog post.
1. What do you like? What stood out to you? Why?
2. What is a suggestion you have to make this ad more appealing to the writer’s target audience?
3. Select a line that is “telling” instead of “showing.” Rewrite it using figurative or sensory language.
4. Sign your name with your last initial.
Write about that line in 3 different ways:
1) Summarize the scene: what is taking place in your book when this line appears? DO NOT summarize the whole book. What is happening in this specific scenario?
2) Explain why the line stood out to you and grabbed your attention? What writing strategies or techniques did the author use that sparked your interest?
3) Make a personal connection: how can you relate to, connect with, question, or wonder about? Write a personal reflection about your thoughts, feeling, and connections to this line.
1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee 134k miles
1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Special Edition. 5.2 V8. 134k miles. Runs great with tons of features like a non-working stereo, so you can spend quality time talking to your passenger and a non-working Ac/Heater so you can roll down your windows and enjoy the outdoors. Lights! The lights work. I think that's pretty standard amongst most cars but I thought I should mention it anyway. Small oil leak, but did I mention it runs great? If I forgot to mention that well, it runs great! I regularly drive it to and from Phoenix. I actually really don't want to sell it. It's been good to me but I'm moving to Japan and can't fit it in my suitcase (I tried). This is the perfect vehicle for riding into Valhalla, Shinny and Chrome! Witness this vehicle, make me an offer and I myself will guide you to the gates of Valhalla where you will ride eternal shiny and chrome. So, whether you are taking a leisurely drive to the Green Place or storming the Fury Road, this vehicle is perfect for you. Asking $1700 obo email me with any questions you may have.
What is Theme?
Pixar -- For the Birds
Second Viewing: complete the graphic organizer.
Using the evidence from your graphic organizer, develop a theme statement. As you work, consider what the film teaches us about the following topics:
- Action and Consequence
- Equality vs. Uniqueness
After you've developed your theme statement, hand draw an image that visually depicts the message in your theme statement.
Finding the Theme in Songs
- Has multiple examples of figurative language and/or sensory language
- Curse words censored
- Credit is given to the artist and website
Underline examples of sensory and figurative language
Analyze the lines in the song to determine the theme. Create a theme statement and make that the title of this blog post. Below the lyrics, write an analysis paragraph clearly stating the theme of the song and supporting that theme with evidence from the lyrics. Be sure to thoroughly explain how each line of lyrics supports your theme statement.
Introduction to Maus
Using your notes, complete the quiz on reading comprehension and note-taking skills.
What Animal Are You?
Consider Art Spiegelman's reason for choosing certain animals to represent characters. What characteristics and traits are associated with mice? Make a list on your paper.
What traits would you use to personify your chosen animal? Why did you choose your animal? (Do not choose the same animals as in Maus.)
Your reflection should be at least one thoughtful, well-organized paragraph.