Students turned in their notebooks today and posted comments on their blogs about each other's memoirs.
Students worked in the library on the following:
*printing and binding their children's books and letters
*rough drafts of their memoirs (editing sheet/checklist provided)
*organization of notebooks (rubric provided)
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 started a new unit today: Movie and Video Game Proposals. To kick the unit off, we did a short entry in our brainstorming section: what makes a story good? After discussing, students took notes and watched video clips about the "Practical Guide," a 12-stage process to creating well-written plots.
Students worked in class on editing their flash fiction stories by completing several in-depth activities, both in their notebooks and directly on the rough drafts. We will continue this editing tomorrow in class.
For our brainstorming exercise today, we completed entry #5: Writing from a Word. Then, we used the food fight plotlines we created in class to practice writing from various character's perspectives and points of view (Prewriting: entry #2). We began discussing character development and added 'character dossier' to our short story word wall. We will continue the discussion tomorrow.
First, we created entry #1 in our vocab section: Short Story Word Wall. We added nine words. We then completed a haiku inspiration brainstorming exercise (entry #4). Finally, we created a class plotline for a food fight scenario.
Today, we added Brainstorming #3: Six-Word Stories, to our Writer's Notebooks. We then read examples of flash fiction and discussed the essential elements of every story (Prewriting #1: Elements of a Story).
We had a very successful first week of school. It's going to be an exciting year! Today, we created our first entry in the Brainstorming section of our writer's notebooks: About the Author. The twist is that each student had a partner, swapped notebooks, and wrote an About the Author for the other person.
Next, each student received an index card and created a Cento poem (second entry) by writing down lines from other students' Found poems on their notebooks. In addition, an extra credit option was offered over the weekend (please see the Twitter post on the main website page).
Everyone, enjoy your weekends, and I will see you Monday!