This week, we continued our creative writing unit.
I handed out your assignment sheet for the short story writing assignment (attached below). Then, we read a Ray Bradbury story, "The One Who Waits" (located in the "resources" section of the website), that exhibited the elements you will be required to include in your story. Students completed the response questions for the short story (also attached below), and we discussed them.
After this, students began working on the prewriting step (attached below) in preparation for drafting their short stories. Please have your prewriting complete by our next class. We will be begin working on short story rough drafts this coming week.
This week, we began our creative writing unit.
On Tuesday/Wednesday, students shared out their newspaper projects and poems from the past two weeks. Then, we began work on a personal narrative writing assignment based on the themes of the short story, "The Rules of the Game."
On Thursday/Friday, students turned in their personal narratives and we did a creative writing exercise to generate ideas for our upcoming short story writing assignment. This consisted of listening to three pieces of atmospheric music and looking at three images and writing any story ideas that came to mind based on the content of the songs and images. If you were not in class, you may complete this exercise at home with music and images of your choosing. I recommend using instrumental music and pictures that leave the viewer with many questions to answer.
Your homework for next class is to come in with a story idea that you would like to write into a short story. You do not have to do any of the drafting of the story, but think about and make notes on your intended plot, settings, and characters.
The final drafts of your essays were due this week. If you have any late work to get to me for LP3, please get it to me by Monday night at the latest. I will be putting in all final grades on Tuesday the 19th, so I will not be accepting any late work after Monday.
This week, we focused on a short story, "The Bet," by Anton Chekhov. The text of the story and literary response questions are attached below.
We discussed the literary response questions and worked on alternate endings to the story which will be incorporated into your newspaper projects.
For the two weeks of no onsite classes, please complete the following assignments:
1. Newspaper project for "The Bet" short story (attached below)
2. Literary response questions for "The Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan. Read the story here (questions attached below)
3. Complete the following poetry assignment: Click here. Review the different poetry formats. Compose a poem about any subject in the poetry format you like the most.
In today's class, we had a peer critique session on the character analysis essays.
The final drafts of your essays are due next class.
In today's class, we reviewed MLA formatting to help you format your character analysis essays correctly. I have attached the resource packet from today's class below. In class, we went through each aspect of formatting with examples. If you need additional help with MLA formatting on your essay, I recommend consulting The Owl at Perdue.
After the formatting lesson, students worked to make necessary formatting changes to their essays. Next class, we will be having a peer critique session on the rough drafts of your essays. The final drafts of your essays will be due next Tuesday/Wednesday.
I recommend using this web resource to create your works cited page:
This week, we went over how to compose body paragraphs and concluding paragraphs in an essay. Students completed these portions of the rough drafts of their character analysis essays.
Your rough draft is to be completed before going on break.
We will be having a peer critique session once we return.
Have a nice winter break :)
In today's class, we began working on our character analysis literary response essays. I gave a lesson on writing intro paragraphs and gave handouts to explain the assignment. They are attached below. Your assignment is to complete the intro paragraph and the first body paragraph by next class. We will continue working on the essay next week.
In today's class, we began work for our upcoming character analysis essay. Before getting into the actual writing of this essay, I want you to collect textual evidence (quotes with page numbers) on your topic.
The in-class assignment is attached below with instructions. Whatever you did not finish in class is to be finished as homework.
Today, we explored an issue that has been discussed in the news since the terrorist attacks in Paris. This issue involves Syrian refugees who are attempting to leave the violence and civil unrest in Syria; many of these refugees are attempting to come to America. This issue has quickly become hotly debated.
After discussing both sides of the issue a bit, students read an article (located in the "Resources" section of my website) and responded to some questions. We will be discussing this article next class.
Today, we had our vocab test on the words from the Things Fall Apart vocab list.
This took nearly the whole period. Afterward, I handed out your homework. Please complete the attached literature questions, and finish reading your novel, by the first class of next week.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.