Wednesday, September 30, 2015

More on Punctuation and Poetic Line Review


  • Punctuating Sample Sentences
    • Why does it matter to place punctuation correctly?
  • ee cummings' "[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]"
  • Review of Poetic Line Test
    • You may retake if you schedule with me and your PLP advisor on Monday
  • Workshop 
  • Poems due Friday with journal response (see previous blog post)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pausing for Punctuation


  • Journal: Types of Punctuation
  • Dear John Punctuation
  • Final poem due Friday
  • Please make sure that you complete the journal that goes with your final submission: 

Journal Entry:

In a separate Google Doc, explain the following about your final piece.  What did you achieve in your final piece?  (Think back to your planning page.  Use it to help you answer this question.  What did you keep from your original plans?)  How did you use line length, white space, end stop and/or enjambment to add to your piece?  (Keep in mind which of these you do need to include in order to receive full credit.  It is all listed on our grading checklist from the beginning of the project.)  

*This is a part of your final grade!*

Friday, September 25, 2015

Writing Workshop Continued


  • Workshop Continued
  • Progress Reports
  • Sign Progress Reports (if below 75%)
  • Final draft of poem due 10/2

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Poetic Line Project Workshop


  • Workshop Time
  • Conferences: Planning Pages and Grade Reports
  • "Dust of Snow" SPOTTTS analysis now is due tomorrow
  • Edits to planning pages that you started in class need to be finished for tomorrow.  We will continue working on the projects at that time.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015



  • What does a good SPOTTTS analysis of "Fame is a Fickle Food" look like?
  • "Dust of Snow" SPOTTTS analysis due tomorrow
  • Be prepared for workshopping tomorrow

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lines and Stanzas Quiz, SPOTTTS Review


  • Quiz
  • Review components of SPOTTTS
  • Make sure you have the planning worksheet done for tomorrow.  It should have been completed for today, but you all lucked out!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Poetic Line Emulation Project


  • Directions
  • Analysis of Sample Student
  • Fill out Planning Page
  • Finish Planning Page

Name: Creative Writing Ms. Hoffmann Date: Poetic Line Emulation Complete the following steps in order to finish your first poetry emulation piece. 1. You should already have completed your free write that we started in class. 2. What is one aspect of your story that you want to stand out to the reader?  What do you  feel is most important about the story?  Why? ______________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 3. How will you emphasize this portion of your piece?  Which poetic device related to line  structure will you use?  Why? ______________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________  4. Where would be a good place in your piece to create suspense for your reader?  How can you use enjambment to achieve this?   ______________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________  5. How do you plan to group your stanzas (symmetrically, organically, according to a  certain form)?  Why? ______________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________  Checklist for final piece Does your final poem contain: … A creative use of line length that is meaningful for your poem? … An end­stopped line? … An instance of enjambment? … Use of white space that makes sense for your subject? (No, you cannot submit a  poem that is all white space.) … Stanza groupings that make sense for the way in which you developed your  poem?
Is your poem a page in length?
Does it have a beginning, middle, and end?

Work Title:

Poetic Line Emulation Grade

  • Worksheet completed with plans------------------------------       / 10

  • Paragraph journal explanation---------------------------------       /5

  • Finished Piece
    • Creative use of line length-----------------------------       /5

  • End-stopped line-------------------------------------       /5

  • Enjambment------------------------------------------      /5

  • Use of white space-----------------------------------       /5

  • Meaningful stanza groupings--------------------------       /5

  • Total           /40

Friday, September 18, 2015

Writing Workshop Day 3

Prompt: Write a story about someone who wakes up, goes into the bathroom, and finds seven adult teeth in the medicine cabinet.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Discussion of Whitman's structure + SPOTTTS of "Fame..."


  • Finish questions
  • Begin analysis of "Fame..."
  • Complete your SPOTTTS analysis of "Fame..."
  • In a paragraph at the end, explain how line length, enjambment or end stops, white space, stanza structure, or anything else of your choosing from our notes contribute to the meaning of the poem.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Looking at Lines and Stanzas in Context


  • Discussion of homework
  • Reading and translating Whitman's "A Noiseless Patient Spider"
    • Fill out chart
  • Understanding why Whitman crafted his piece the way that he did  (TBC)
  • None.  Make sure you have everything else completed.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Line and Stanza Con't.


  • Review terms from PPT
  • Finish PPT
  • Vocab from "A Noiseless Patient Spider"
  • Finish defining the vocab terms from class.  Please provide me with a link to your work.

Friday, September 11, 2015



  • Finish Sample SPOTTTS (you can access it online in Google Docs for reference)
  • Begin own on Hughes' "Mother to Son"
  • Finish your solo SPOTTTS analysis

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sample SPOTTTS Continued


  • Hand in work completed with sub
  • Review components of SPOTTTS
  • Sample Analysis: Shakespeare's Sonnet 18
  • Complete the Occasion, Title, and Tone for Sonnet 18

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Intro to SPOTTTS


  • HW completion discussion
  • Expanding our definition of poetry
    • What we saw at the stations
    • Looking at the handout definition
  • SPOTTTS analysis steps
  • Sample SPOTTTS 
  • Hang onto all handouts for Thursday
  • Come to class ready to write

Friday, September 4, 2015

What is a Poem?


  • Journal: Write a paragraph-long encyclopedia entry detailing what a poem is.  What does something need to be a poem. Be as detailed as possible.  Pretend that you are explaining a poem to someone who has never heard of it before.
  • Stations:  
    • Fill out your chart with the following
      • Poem's title and author
      • What you notice about the poem.  Does it fit with any of our poetry definitions?
      • What do you wonder about the poem?  Is anything about the poem surprising?
  • Choose one of that station poems.
  • Write a paragraph explaining how the poem fit or defied your definition of a poem.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Writing Lab


  • Find something outside.  Write a journal entry or some other writing from its perspective.
  • Build up your journal into a single page.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Finish Speaking and Listening Protocol


  • Finish Presentations
  • Discussion of how it went
  • Intro to prompt
  • None

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Save the Last Word for Me Continued


  • Example sharing
  • Actual groups
  • None.  Be prepared to finish discussions tomorrow.