Monday, November 30, 2015

One-Syllable Stories

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 writing lab based on examples

Monday, November 23, 2015

Portfolio Review and a Look at our Diction


  • Portfolio Review I Questions
  • Diction Chart
    • You need to complete this for 7 words
    • You should be using the work that you identified at the end of your review questions

  • You need to complete the reflection questions if you did not finish in class

Friday, November 20, 2015

More Figurative Practice


  • Practice Figurative Language Sheet
  • Study for Tuesday

Overwriting Practice


  • Share thesaurus resources
  • Overwriting exercise
  • Study figurative language for quiz

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Diction Continued


    • Thesaurus Task

      Objective: To analyze possible tools in order to choose the best words for our writing

      1. You will be assigned one of the resources below:
        1. Sage thesaurus app
        2. Print thesaurus
        5.'s thesaurus app

      1. Go on to your assigned resource and play around with it.
      1. Research your chosen thesaurus resource and answer the following questions:
      1. How user-friendly is your choice?  (Is it easy to understand or confusing?)
      2. Does it offer a variety of synonyms?  How useful are these?  Give an example of some synonyms for  a word of your choice.  
      3. What is most useful about your choice?  In other words, what is your favorite feature?
      4. Would you recommend your choice?  Why?

      **Be prepared to discuss these tomorrow

  • Finish thesaurus analysis to present tomorrow



  • Diction Notes
  • Sample analysis--Shakespeare v. Jarrell
  • None for tonight

Monday, November 16, 2015

Figurative Language Review


  • A look at missing work
  • Figurative Language Review Sheet
  • Study for figurative language quiz on Thursday

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Workshop and Rubric Overview


  • Review of rubric for final project
  • Fill out rubric for self based on what you have so far

  • Finish presentation for tomorrow

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Figurative Language Practice


  • Worksheet Review
  • Figurative Language Practice Writing
  • Workshop Time
  • Finish presentation for Thursday

Monday, November 2, 2015

Figurative Language Review


  • Figurative Language Check-In
  • Figurative Language Packet
  • Continue working on presentation (*due Thursday*)