TU FUI EGO ERIS
This week, we continued with our creative writing unit.
-We continued our discussion of storytelling elements and techniques.
-Students then began the prewriting step of the creative writing assignment (attached below)
-If you have finished with your prewriting, you may begin working on the rough draft of your story.
The prewriting is due on Tuesday (2/13), and the rough draft will be due on 2/20.
This week, we began our unit on creative writing.
First, we read and analyzed a short story, "Lamb to the Slaughter," by Roald Dahl. This story acted as a model example to learn from. We read it together as a class and analyzed the ways in which Dahl incorporated the basic elements of successful storytelling. Then, students worked on the response questions, and we discussed them together as a class. The story and questions are attached below.
Next, we completed an idea-generation exercise for our own creative writing. Students wrote to four images to help come up with ideas that could potentially be developed into a short story or screenplay idea.
Lastly, I handed out the creative writing assignment (attached below), and discussed the requirements of the assignment. For homework, students are to brainstorm ideas that they might like to turn into a short story or screenplay. The idea for the short story/screenplay can be drawn from any previous quickwrites, from our idea-generation activity, or simply from the imagination. We will begin working on the prewriting steps of the assignment next week.
This week, students worked on the final drafts of their literary analysis essays on The Call of the Wild.
-We discussed the issues/room for improvement present in a large portion of the rough drafts.
-We had an in-class peer critique session.
-I gave students one-on-one support and essay feedback as requested.
The final draft of the essay is due Monday of next week (1/30).
This week, we discussed the following:
-Essay structure and organization
-How to include textual evidence in a literary analysis essay
The rough draft of the literary analysis essay on The Call of the Wild is due on Friday 1/12 by email.
During meeting week, students should begin editing their rough drafts into final drafts. I have attached a short guide to help with this. We will have a peer feedback session next week to continue our editing.