Friday, January 16, 2015

Making Setting Work Harder


  • Finish yesterday's exercise
  • Read a portion of "Xochimilco"
  • Complete Creative Exercise
    • Choose a room to describe (or a spot long as you can picture it)
    • Choose a character with some sort of connection with the room
    • Give the character two personality traits or values
    • Convey the traits or values through only the room's description
  • Complete the assignment
  • Start working on your portfolio--you will need all of your portfolio materials for Tuesday

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Setting up the Setting


  • Analyze the setting in the exposition of Marc Wilkins' "Two Midnights in a Jar"
  • Follow the steps to set up a setting of your own the way Wilkins does
  • Finish steps 6 & 7 if you haven't in class

Wednesday, January 14, 2015



  • Setting PPT
  • Looking at "Crossing the River..." by Babel
  • Complete Dramatic Dialogue exercise
  • Try to incorporate a setting using the tips discussed in class

Monday, January 12, 2015

Poetry Out Loud Contest


  • POL Presentations
  • Discussion of the final project
  • Start thinking about which pieces you will use for the final project

Friday, January 9, 2015

Writing Appropriate Dialogue

-Bell Work
-Context Dictates Dialogue (Register)

-Dialect quiz:
-Choosing a dialogue exercise

-Punctuate the dialogue from the IM conversation by turning it into a short, creative piece and using the handout from class as a guide.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dialogue Exemplars

  • What is the dialogue in your story like?  How much is there?
  • How does the dialogue reveal information about the characters?
  • What is the context of your story?  How does the "context dictate dialogue"?
  • Review Elizabeth Bowen's pointers surrounding dialogue.  Choose 2 that you believe are exemplified in your story and explain how.
  • Monday, January 5, 2015

    Alphabet Soup

    Create a short story:

    • Each sentence should begin with the next letter of the alphabet.
    • ...This means that your story should be 26 sentences long.
    • One sentence should be one word long
    • You should have one question
    • Use one quotation (either an actual quote or dialogue)