Friday, October 31, 2014

The Raven Day 2


  • Finish viewing


  • Monday: Be sure your worksheet is filled out
  • Monday: Change the language of your piece to change the mood of the story

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Effects of Diction


  • Reading "The Raven" for understanding
  • PPT
  • Viewing


  • Circle words that stick out to you
  • What are the connotations of these words?
  • How do they affect mood and/or tone?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Poetic Structure Workshop Day

Workshop Day


  • Poe, "The Raven" reading, and The Raven viewing coming up
  • Projects due Nov 12th 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Poetic Structures Project

Ms. Hoffmann
Creative Writing

Poetic Structures Project
*To practice researching and presenting new information related to our course of study.
*To practice analyzing a new poetic form using what we have learned throughout the unit about poetry.
*To practice utilizing what we have learned in order to create our own, original pieces.  

Now that we have spent quarter one learning about poetry, it is time for you to show off what you know about poetic analysis and to teach something to your peers in the process.  You will be selecting a specific poetic form and teaching your classmates about it.  Beyond the basics of what the form is, you will walk the class through an analysis of a sample, professional poem written in that structure, and you will present your own, creative piece.  

Part 1--Background Knowledge

Before you can write in a certain poetic form--or even present its characteristics, for that matter--you need to know what it is.  

  1. Read the packet that I provide you on the poetic form of your choice.  (You need to stick with the one that you select as each person needs to do a different form.  Swaps only will be considered under extenuating circumstances.)  

  1. Find two additional sites that provide you with information on your chosen form.  Make sure that these are credible sources.  The information should mesh with and build upon what I provide you in my short handout.  
    1. Take notes on what this source tells you.  You will need them later!!!!  I will be looking for them!!!
    2. Jot down the citation information for your source.  This does not have to be in MLA format yet.  

  1. Answer the following questions about your chosen form:

  • Source #1:  

  • Source #2:

  • Any other sources you needed to consult:

  • What is the name of your form?

  • What would you say is the dictionary definition describing this poetic form?

  • When did it originate?

  • Where did it originate?

  • From your sources, can you tell if it is a commonly used structure?  Now?  Sometime in the past?

  • Is there someone credited with its invention?  Give some information on said person.

  • Is there a set meter for your poetic structure?

  • Is there a set rhyme scheme?

  • What other requirements does your poetic structure have?

  • Create a visual representation of what your poetic structure looks like.  For example, if I was to map a Haiku, my representation might look like this:
7 syllables presenting a 1st idea or image
5 syllables presenting a cutting word that separates and/or shows how the 1st and 3rd lines are related.
7 syllables presenting a second idea or image.  

  • Why might an author use this poetic structure?  What is unique about it?  How might it help to convey meaning?  (Consider the devices that the poem uses.  Does it force repetition?  Does it force rhyme?  Is there another key component? How could these aspects meet with meaning?

  • Fun facts about your poetic structure?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Style: One-Syllable Stories


  • Read "Some Small Talk, Sweet Talk, From Will Parr to the World"
  • Discuss the style and syntax
  • Creating your own one-syllable stories

The boy sat on the dock and wept.
He cried for the loss of love. A tear in his heart so big it seemed too much to bear.
He glanced up at the fish in the lake and wished to be with them. To be free with them for a few days is all he asked for. To not think about the life he must face. He would not go back to the house. Not back to the home where he knew her. Where her bones would be lain. Not back to the house where his mom had died.

"Dear God," she wrote, "I have been good all my life. I lived in a way I thought you would want. Be it man or beast, I treat all with love. But I ask, is life how it should be? And," she went on, "Why did you leave?" She paused on the next words. "Did you leave me?" she asked in her head, "or did I leave you?" She threw the note and pen to the hard floor and cried. "Who left who? Do I have a soul? Is this life all there is?"
 She feared the truth she knew.

  • Finish better word charts for Monday (5-8 words including all components listed in the last blog entry)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Using a Thesaurus to Improve our Work

-Bell Work
-Sharing overwrites
-Thesaurus charts

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Overwriting Practice


  • Review thesaurus resources
  • Overwriting exercise using the resources we reviewed


  • Finish your piece for tomorrow

Monday, October 20, 2014

Close Reading: Diction in Gatsby


  • Read the sample passages
  • Reading Questions


  • Be prepared to present on your thesaurus resource tomorrow
  • Final draft of news article due tomorrow

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Peer Review Day


  • Quiz on figurative language
  • Peer Review of Spicing up the News assignment
  • Revisions of Spicing up the News due on Monday  
  • Finish anything related to your thesaurus analyses for Monday (You will be presenting your findings briefly to the class.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Don't forget your drafts for tomorrow's peer review!

Diction Day II


  • Examination of Jarrell's "Next Day"
  • Syntax and finish up PPT
  • Friends Thesaurus Clip
  • Examination of Thesaurus resources
  • Finish Thesaurus analysis for Thursday

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thesaurus Task (for Tuesday)

-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
  5.'s thesaurus app

Diction + Syntax

-Notes on diction
-"Next Day" vs. "Sonnet 19"

-Finish notes on "Next Day"
-Be prepared to discuss tomorrow

Friday, October 10, 2014



  • Figurative Language worksheet
  • Draft of News Article w/ figurative language due midweek for peer review

Thursday, October 9, 2014



  • Workshop time for writing assignment
  • SPOTTTS due tomorrow

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spicing up the News

Directions: Complete steps 1 & 2 during class. Please copy the worksheet into a titled Google Document and answer the questions. We will work on Step 3 another day. Make sure you choose an appropriate news article. It probably should be at least a page in length so that you have enough to work with.

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 and "Poison Tree" Review


  • Packet Practice
  • Review of "Poison Tree" SPOTTTS
  • SPOTTTS on "The Chimney Sweeper" from Songs of Innocence  (due Fri.)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Intro to Figurative Language


  • Analysis of sample passages
  • PPT
  • Shared document chart
  • Finish your sections of the chart for Friday