Students shared their one-sentence children's story descriptions and story outlines with Mrs. Keskes for points and then began work on their rough drafts.
We began a new unit today: children's literature. To start, we completed Brainstorming #9 in our notebooks, recalling favorite books of our youth. Students then worked in groups to analyze three or more children's book and completed the Studying Children's Literature Handout.
Students worked on the final drafts of their screenplays, due on Google Docs and Turnitin by midnight tonight. Those students who submitted early worked on the blog comments assignment, reading other students' scripts and posting responses. The blog comments assignment is due Friday by midnight.
Students showed me their edited rough drafts for 10 points. They then began working on the final drafts of their screenplays. For 5 points extra credit, students can submit their final drafts by midnight tonight to Google Docs and Turnitin.
We started with a grammar lesson, focusing on how to avoid run-ons, comma splices, and fragments. We then reviewed the self-editing sheet for the screenplay rough drafts as a class. Finally, students were given some time in class to start editing their rough drafts. The editing is worth 10 points and must be shown to me by the end of the class Monday. Students were advised to work on it over the weekend.
Students continued to type their screenplay rough drafts. They should bring a copy of their rough draft (even if it's not completely finished) to class tomorrow.
Today, students worked in Lab 204 on their next writing assignment, a short screenplay. Students have the option of working alone or with a partner.
We watched several short films to get students brainstorming ideas for writing their scripts for short films. Students also completing brainstorming entry #8 in their writer's notebook.
We begin a new unit today: screenwriting. Students studied three different scripts and completed an analysis sheet comparing scripts to short stories. We then watched short clips from the scripts to see how a script translates to the screen.