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This week, we continued our preparation for writing a personal narrative.
On Wednesday: We began by going over the homework on showing vs. telling that was handed out last class.
Then, we worked to prepare for the Descriptive Writing Assignment due Friday (this was handed out last week). We looked at the following:
-Transitional words and phrases (handout attached)
-A short lesson on the following sentence types: simple, compound, and complex (examples attached)
-MLA formatting (handout attached)
Your homework from today's class is to finish up the Descriptive Writing Assignment due Friday.
On Friday: Students turned in the Descriptive Writing Assignment.
Next, we explored plot structure and dialogue formatting in preparation for your Personal Narrative assignment.
We looked at plot structure in the example of a short personal narrative. Students worked in groups to place the events of the short story onto a plot chart (handout and story attached).
We then looked at how to properly format dialogue (handout attached).
Lastly, I handed out the Personal Narrative assignment (Titled "Autobiographical Incident") (attached) as well as a narrative organizer (attached) to help plan some of your ideas before writing.
The rough draft of your Personal Narrative assignment is due next Friday (9/30).
On Wednesday's class, all students completed the AR test for their grade level. This test lets teachers and EPs know a student's current level of reading and comprehension ability. The AR test took the majority of the class period. Due to some errors with login information, a few students were unable to test. These students will complete the test next week.
HW from Wednesday's class: I gave a handout on the difference between "showing" and "telling" in writing. Students are to read over and familiarize themselves with these ideas. We will have a lesson on this topic next class. The handout is attached below
On Friday's class, we began with a quickwrite assignment based on an image. Students were to write a description of the scenery in the image using the figurative language that we explored last week.
Next, we went through a Powerpoint slideshow on "Showing vs. Telling" in writing. Students practiced with in-class examples. We then discussed the handout that was given out at our previous class meeting.
HW from Friday's class:
Due Wednesday - "Showing vs. Telling" Practice Assignment (attached below)
Due Friday - "Descriptive Writing Assignment" (attached below). We will discuss some of the specifics of assignment further on Wednesday
This was our first week of onsite classes.
Wednesday: We went over our class rules (attached below), and then we began class with a quickwrite activity on the following questions.
1. What is your name?
2. What was the highlight of your summer?
3. If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be? Why?
4. What is one thing that makes you unique?
5. What kind of stories do you enjoy the most?
Students shared their responses. Students then turned in the homework packet for the previous week (attached in previous class post).
Next, I introduced our unit on narrative writing. This will be our first writing unit for the year. I have attached the narrative writing Powerpoint below.
Lastly, we watched a short film titled, "The Black Hole." We viewed this film as a concise example of a narrative. Here is a link to the film:
The homework assignment (due Friday) consisted of questions about the film. They are attached below.
Friday: We began class with a descriptive writing activity based on an image. This was to be kept with your quickwrite activities in your notebook.
Next, I collected your homework on "The Black Hole."
I then went through a Powerpoint on figurative language. We looked at similes, metaphors, personification, and hyperbole. The Powerpoint is attached below.
We then played a figurative language game.
Lastly, I handed out your homework (due Wednesday) which consisted of a Spelling Power worksheet, a Grammar Practice worksheet, and a Figurative Language practice worksheet. They are all attached below.