Daily Warm Up: Write from the point of view of a character from a book or a movie.
As I’ve mentioned, each of our genre units are two weeks long.
- Week 1: I offer you lots of handles on how to write in the genre as well as a chance to take baby steps in putting those things into practice.
- Week 2: You use the skills we’ve discussed to develop a piece (or several pieces) of writing.
Since this is the first time through a Week 2 together, we’ll have a few minutes each day dedicated to talking about how writing days work.
Your Creative Writing Contract is the commitment you’re making about what you will write during Week 2. It also works like a TO DO List or a Checklist for what you have to get done by the end of the week.
- Ultimately, your contract writing is assessed on how well you implement the things we talked about during Week 1. You can see a complete list of those things on the Fiction Rubric (must be logged into a school account to see this link). Links to the slide shows & handouts (also school district only) are below as well for your referenc
- Showing vs. Telling
- First Pages
- Dialogue (how to space and punctuate it, what dialogue tags are, which dialogue tags to use and when) as well as the major stuff (what makes dialogue believable vs. common mistakes that make dialogue unbelievable and some practical advice about making dialogue ring true).
Writing Day Structure
I begin and end our writing time, so you don’t need to worry about it, and I would ask you not to stop it until I do.
I only allow music and headphones during writing time for students who have IEP or 504 Plans for anxiety.
If you’d like to talk with me, write your name on the board under “Conferences.” We’ll talk more about conferences tomorrow.
We’ll avoid peer conferences until later in the week, so for M-W, concentrate on getting yourself into that writing bubble.