Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Using a Thesaurus to Improve our Work

-Bell Work
-Pre-progress reports
-Discussion of poem submissions
-Thesaurus charts

  • Original Word
  • Definition of Original Word
  • Synonym Changing it to
  • Definition of Synonym
  • Rational for the change (why you chose this one instead of another synonym)
-Finish up synonym chart

Monday, October 28, 2013

Thesaurus Wrap-up

-Bell Work (pragmatic)
-Thesaurus Reviews
-Overwriting share-outs

-Be prepared to use a thesaurus properly tomorrow with one of your previous poems

Friday, October 25, 2013

Thesaurus Practice + Overwriting

-Bell Work
-Vocab Quiz
-Overwriting exercise-->rewrite the sample passage
It was snowing and the world was quiet and white. The trees were covered in ice that looked pretty in the sunshine. I walked down the path to our neighbor’s house and felt cold air on my face. When she opened the door, I smelled warm things cooking. It felt cozy inside. I went in and sat down on the couch next to the dog. He smelled funny. I looked out the window and thought “this is nice”. I forgot all about the stuff I was worried about and enjoyed being stuck at my neighbor’s in the snow.

-Finish overwriting for Monday's contest
-Be prepared to discuss your Thesaurus resource on Monday

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Words and Shades of Meaning

-Bell Work (abstruse)
-Gatsby passages continued

  • Which passage flows better?
  • What makes the other passage awkward?  Are there any words in particular?
  • What is Fitzgerald expressing in the first passage?
  • How do the synonyms selected for passage 2 affect meaning?  (Look up the original and replacement if you are uncertain.)
    • What exactly is a synonym?
    • Do "wonder" and "perturbation" mean the same thing?  "Thrilled" and "enchanted"?
  • "The difference between the almost right word and the right word really is a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and lightning" (Twain).    Explain this!
-Sharing of Thesaurus reviews


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Closer Look at Diction and an Intro to Thesaurus Use

-Bell Work
-"Next Day" and "Sonnet 19" examined in more detail
-A warning about thesaurus use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1tOqZUNebs
-A look at some less dramatic rewritings.  Look for the shades of meaning!

-Research your chosen thesaurus resource and answer the following questions:

  1. How user-friendly is your choice?
  2. Does it offer a variety of synonyms?  How useful are these?
  3. What is most useful about your choice?
  4. Would you recommend your choice?  Why?
-Be prepared to discuss these tomorrow

  1. Sage thesaurus app
  2. Print thesaurus
  3. thesaurus.com
  4. visuwords.com
  5. dictionary.com's thesaurus app

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Diction and Syntax

-Bell Work
-"Next Day" vs. "Sonnet 19"

-Finish notes on "Next Day"
-Read and annotate "Sonnet 19"
-Be prepared to discuss tomorrow

Monday, October 21, 2013

District Assessment

-Bell Work (sagacity)
-District Assessment

-None if you turned in the poem due today

Monday, October 14, 2013

Spicing up the News

Ms. Hoffmann
Creative Writing
Figurative Language in the News

Step 1--Look through some of the news sites listed below.  Choose an article--this could be an article that is on a topic that you find interesting or an article that you believe is well-written (though, not necessarily from a creative perspective).  Note: You should choose something that actually is written like an article rather than a top-ten list, a blog post, or a parody.  Another note: It should NOT take you the whole or even half the period to choose an article.  

Some sites to consider:

Step 2--Answer the following questions after reading your chosen article.  

  1. What is the title of your article?  Who is the author?  Provide a URL.

  1. What is your article’s original topic?  What seems to be its purpose in discussing this topic?

  1. Would this article work for an audience looking to read a creative piece?  Why or why not?

  1. Are any literary or poetic devices currently in use?  Where?

Step 3--Now it is your turn to re-write this article as though it were a creative piece written to entertain its audience.  Choose five different literary devices from your figurative language grid to incorporate into this revision. (Figurative language and style do not count; yes, you need to choose five different devices.)  This piece does not need to be composed as a poem.  

Figurative Language in Our Writing

-Bell Work
-Figurative Language Charades

-Know your figurative langauge for tomorrow's activity
-Be prepared for a Thursday Vocab Quiz

Figurative Language Review

-Bell Work
-Vocab Quiz
-Review of figurative language chart and homework worksheet


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Intro to Figurative Language Day II

-Bell Work
-Continue Working on chart
-Add your specialty row to the Google Doc

-Complete anything that you did not finish in class

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Introduction to Figurative Language


Determining which passages work better for creative writing.

Passage 1
Passage 2
What’s the difference?
She’s beautiful.
Her hair was the orange of maple leaves in autumn; her eyes were as blue as the night sky in a painting by van Gogh.

Your eyes are as blue as the sky.
Your beauty cannot fade.
Your hair is soft as silk.
With you, I’m never afraid.
Your eyes are blue as a bolt of lightning
That imprints itself on the sky
Your hair, like a cashmere sweater,
Warm reassurance provides.  

A train is leaving to New York.
It has many coaches.
Steam can be seen floating around it.  
The ten o-clock train to New York
coaches like loaves of bread powdered
with snow.
Steam wheezes between the couplings.

I remember you waving goodbye to me.
I can picture you and your surprises.
It is hard to believe you are passed on,
Leaving my heart so blue.  
I remember you running beside the train
waving good-bye.
I can produce a facsimile of you standing
behind a column of polished oak to
surprise me
Am I going toward you or away from
you on this train?

The sea had a green tint to it.  It was tumultuous that evening and left the onlookers filled with fear.   
The green sea swept into the shallows and seethed there like slaking quicklime.  It surged over the rocks, tossing up spangles of water like a juggler catching them deftly again behind.  It raced knee deep through the clefts and crevices, twisted and tortured in a thousand ways, til it swept nuzzling and sucking into the holes at the base of the cliff.

-Poems due Wednesday

Wednesday Agenda:
-Bell Work (suppliant)
-Continue working on the chart
-Figurative Language Webquest (be sure to think of which definitions make sense for creative writing and which sources are likely the most credible)

Example 1
Example 2
Figurative Language

Expressing ideas indirectly; language used in a special way to create a special effect made up of words and phrases which don’t mean what they first appear to mean.










-This chart should be finished by Friday

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Music of Poetry Review and Free Write

-Bell Work (gangle)
-Homework Review
-Free Write (from lab book): Write a story about a person who finds seven adult teeth in the medicine cabinet of his or her bathroom.

-Finish your free write
-You have your topic (the person with the teeth).  Now decide what message you want to convey to your audience.