Thursday, December 20, 2012

Food For Thought Workshop

Agenda--
-Review Adverb Clause Homework
-Handout of the full list of adverb clauses
-Writing Workshop

  • Answer the questions in the previous post.  Describe your chosen food using the literary devices required.  Then, describe a food from your character's perspective.
  • Work on character sketch and I-Remembers if finished early
-Homework
  • Complete two additional "I Remember" Responses for when you return from break
  • Any work that you have missing should be handed in (preferably before you leave for break)

Food for Thought


Name:
Composition
Ms. Hoffmann
Date:
Food For Thought
Part I—Your Food Choice: Complete the exercises from your point of view. 

1.       Write a simile (a comparison using “like” or “as”) to describe how your chosen food tastes (or how you feel when eating it). 
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2.      Write a metaphor describing how your chosen food looks.  You could describe its shape, color, layers, etc.  (You should not use “like” or “as” to draw your comparison—e.g. “Juliet is the sun” (Shakespeare)). 
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  1. 3.      Write an alliterative line to emphasize a certain property of your food.  (Alliteration is the use of the same consonant sound at the beginning of multiple words close to each other in a text.  Example—My doughnut’s fabulous, fudge-flavored frosting tickled my taste buds.)

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  1. 4.       Write a hyperbole (an exaggerated statement not meant to be taken seriously) explaining how much you want to eat your food.   Example—I was so hungry I could have eaten a horse.  Or if you do not want to eat your chosen food you could write an example of litotes (understatement).  Instead of saying, “I hate x food.  If I have to eat it, I will die,” you would say something like, “I would prefer not to eat x.” 

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  1. 5.      Write a paragraph-long apostrophe to your chosen food.  An apostrophe is a statement to an inanimate object or a non-present person.  Example—Oh, wonderful doughnut.  I long for my hand to be one with your circular embrace and to melt into your sugary coating.  Be creative with this one!


Part II—Your character’s food choice.  Choose a food that your character would eat (or you could write about one that you know that they hate), and answer the following questions from their point of view. 

1.       Write a simile (a comparison using “like” or “as”) to describe how your chosen food tastes (or how you feel when eating it). 
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2.      Write a metaphor describing how your chosen food looks.  You could describe its shape, color, layers, etc.  (You should not use “like” or “as” to draw your comparison—e.g. “Juliet is the sun” (Shakespeare)). 
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  1. 3.      Write an alliterative line to emphasize a certain property of your food.  (Alliteration is the use of the same consonant sound at the beginning of multiple words close to each other in a text.  Example—My doughnut’s fabulous, fudge-flavored frosting tickled my taste buds.)

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  1. 4.       Write a hyperbole (an exaggerated statement not meant to be taken seriously) explaining how much you want to eat your food.   Example—I was so hungry I could have eaten a horse.  Or if you do not want to eat your chosen food you could write an example of litotes (understatement).  Instead of saying, “I hate x food.  If I have to eat it, I will die,” you would say something like, “I would prefer not to eat x.” 

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  1. 5.      Write a paragraph-long apostrophe to your chosen food.  An apostrophe is a statement to an inanimate object or a non-present person.  Example—Oh, wonderful doughnut.  I long for my hand to be one with your circular embrace and to melt into your sugary coating.  Be creative with this one! 


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Adverb Clause

Agenda:
-Adverb Clause Notes
-In-Class Practice

Homework:
-Adverb Clause Worksheet
-Finish your character sketches and the "I-Remember" exercises if you have not handed them in

Monday, December 17, 2012

I-Remember Exercises

Agenda:
-Quiz Review
-I-Remembers (see previous post)

Homework:
-Finish your character sketches (Remember this was supposed to be finished for today.  If you do not have it ready for the next class that we work on it, you will lose class participation points because you will not be able to work on the next exercise).
-Finish at least one I-Remember paragraph using your character sketches
-Quiz Corrections (I will only take this until the end of this week)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Character I-Remembers


Name:
Composition
Ms. Hoffmann
Date:
Literary Adaptation and Memoir

            For this class we are going to return to some memoir writing.  You will be following the same types of memoir conventions that we reviewed in our first unit, but this time you will be writing from the point of view of the literary character you have chosen.  In order to successfully complete these, you should refer to the character sketch that you completed last class.  (If you have not completed the character sketch, you should do this first and complete this assignment for homework).  Write with this information in mind.  Refer to the story from which your character originates, and write phrases that use the same type of tone, sentence structure, and vocabulary as your character as you respond to at least two of the I-Remember prompts listed below. 
           
Grading Criteria:
*Answer at least two of the questions
*Answer in a manner that is thorough enough to illustrate that you have been on task. 
*Illustrate a sincere attempt to take up and maintain the voice of your chosen character (not your voice).
 *Spellcheck and proofread your work. 

I-Remember Prompts
(Choose at least three to write about.  Remember that you are writing in the voice of your chosen character).

1.      “Give me a memory of your mother, aunt, or grandmother.  If it’s an aunt, say her name; for example, ‘I remember my aunt Gladys…”  Be detailed.” (6). 

2.      “Tell me some details about an uncle or a grandfather.  Make sure to name the uncle: ‘I remember Uncle Phil…’” (38). 

3.      “Tell me something.  It doesn’t have to be the traditional subjects.  How about how to tie a shoe, be a good mother, how to clean the refrigerator, make pudding, change a tire?  Something that is deep in your bones—driving in rush hour on the I-94 to work each day” (38).

4.      “Give me a picture of a teacher you had” (7). 

5.      Write about something that seems ordinary to you (123).

Prompts adapted from: Goldberg, Natalie.  Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir.  New York: Free Press, 2007.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Workshop Day/Research Paper Reminders

Agenda--
Quiz Review (postponed until everyone makes up the quiz)
Workshop Time

  • You should have enough time to finish your character sketches in class
  • If you finish early, you can work on your research paper if you have not handed that in
  • If you do not finish, this assignment will be homework
Homework--
-Bring your books on Monday
-Character sketches

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Adjective Clause Quiz

Agenda:
-Study
-Adjective Clause Quiz
-Continue your character sketches with the time remaining

Homework:
-You should have enough of your character sketch finished for tomorrow that you can hand in an initial version of it by the end of class
-If you do not have your research paper handed in (including a works cited page), you need to get working on it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Characterization

Agenda:
-Review of Adjective Clauses
-Notes on Characterization
-Characterization Workshop (see previous post for details)

Homework:
-Study Adjective Clauses
-Continue Reading your books so that you can add more to your character sketch tomorrow

Character Sketch Directions


Name:
Composition
Ms. Hoffmann
Date:
An Introduction to this Unit

            Your project for this unit will require you to create your own adaptation of a literary figure.  You will be asked to focus your re-appropriation on a single character—though you may choose to include occasional allusions and/or direct references to others at your own discretion.  As you craft your adaptation, you will have to write from you character’s point of view.  At times, you writing probably will seem like the memoir unit writing that you completed earlier in the year.  A couple of the writing prompts may even be the same.  However, instead of writing in order to create a short narrative you will be asked to create a blog  in which you write various posts in the voice of this character. 


Character Sketch Directions

            As a first step towards this, you will need to choose a character whose identity you wish to assume through a blog.  For the purposes of this activity, this needs to be a fictional, literary figure.  This could be a character from a novel, novella, or lengthy short story.  Keep in mind that if the character is from a shorter work, it may be difficult to complete this task. 

Once you complete some initial research to figure out which character you would like to use, you will need to let me know which character you have chosen.  (If you have a lot of trouble, you may want to use a character from one of the novels that you have read for a previous English class).  Then, you can go ahead and start working on the following questions.  You should perform some online research about these characters in order to provide informed answers. 

This will count as one of the grades for the second marking period.  In order to receive full credit, you will need to do the following:

1.                            Answer each question as thoroughly as possible in the time allotted.  You should have enough writing to illustrate that you have been on task.  (i.e. not talking, texting, or randomly surfing the internet). 

2.                            Reference the sites that you used to find out information about your character.  There is a space for this at the end of the questions.   You can just copy over the URLs.  However, if you want to include quotes from these sites, you need to put them in quotation marks and include a link to the site right after the quote. 

3.                            Note that you will NOT receive full credit if your entire paper is made up of quotes or if you have copied text without attributing it to the site on which you found it.  It is expected that you will mostly perform research through your text and on a few various sites and then type up your synthesis of your findings for this activity. 

4.                            Spellcheck and proofread

Please copy and paste the following questions into your own word document.  Answer as many questions as thoroughly as possible. 



Name:
Class:
Date:

Character Sketch

1.  Character Name:

2.  Name of the literary work from which the character originates:

3.  Name of the author of this work:

4.  Genre of this work:

5. Original publication date of this work:

6.  The setting (both time and place) of this work:

7.  What does your character look like?  Write a rich, adjective-filled explanation.  Include textual references to the character’s appearance. (Do what you can to find examples using Google Books, Project Gutenberg, and other online libraries.  You will need to obtain some kind of a copy of the text for reference for the rest of this unit by Monday, November 21st.)

8.  What is your character like?  Is the character a hero, a villain, or neutral?  What is your character’s occupation?  What are your character’s habits?  What are your character’s passions?  What are your character’s dreams?  Write a vibrant description that accurately captures your character’s personality.  Describe him/her as you would to someone who has never read about him/her.

9.  What does your character do?  What/How does your character think?

10.  Describe your character’s relationships with other characters that are from the same text.  What do these others say about your character?

11.  Is your character’s childhood depicted in the piece that you chose?  Write about some significant events from his/her childhood.

12.  Write about other significant events that happen to your character.

13.  Write some important quotes that your character says.  If you character never speaks, include some important quotes about your character.


14.  Include the links from which you obtained your information. (You should have sites listed other than Wikipedia and those like SparkNotes.  Do some real research; you need to get inside of this character’s head):


If you are having trouble:

1. Refer to one of the following resources:
-A reference to the importance of character traits and examples of them: http://character-in-action.com/character-traits-make-a-whopping-difference/

-More character traits:

2.  A resource describing the basics of analyzing a literary character:

3.  Think in terms of something that you know and work from there.  For instance, assuming that this character has access to a Facebook page, think about the sort of things that they would post or include in their profile.  You could include these sorts of things in your answers to the questions above. 


4. Ask!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sample Blog Review

Agenda:
-Adjective Clauses Review
-Examine 3 sample blogs (see previous post)


Homework:
-Write down which book and back up book that you use for this unit
-Study for Thursday for your Adjective Clause Quiz

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Blogging Perspectives

Directions:

1.  Read through three of the following blogs  (listed at the end of this post) to get an idea of what you are going to be asked to do for this assignment.  (Note: While all of these are exemplars from the last time I taught this unit, each blog has things that it could improve upon.  Additionally, some of the students also took some parts of their blogs done as they used their GMail accounts for other things throughout the year.  We will talk more about specific requirements for this class as you start this unit.)

  • You will need to be able to pick apart the character's characterization in order to:
    • Write from this character's point of view
    • Create a profile for the character--as they would create it, not necessarily as others would view him or her (whichever blogsite you choose will need to have this functionality, or you will need to create a profile post)
    • Incorporate other pieces media that relate to this character


2.  Think about whether you think that you will be able to complete this task for the character that you have chosen.  Today would be a good day for you to switch books if you believe it will be necessary.

3.  Think about which site you want to use for your blog.  Most of my past students chose to use blogspot, which you can see from the examples has limited functionality for design.  Wordpress has some greater functionality, but sometimes, can be a bit more difficult to use.



Sample Blogs to View:
-Jonathan from Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull--http://livingstonjonathan.blogspot.com/
-Pamela from John Buchan's The 39 Steps http://pamelaedwards-hannay.blogspot.com/
-Mrs. Twit from Roald Dahl's The Twits  http://ihatesmallfurryanimals.blogspot.com/
-Allie from Nicholas Spark's The Notebook http://talkmethroughthis.blogspot.com/
-Misty from Kristopher Reisz's Unleashed  http://misty-sandlin.blogspot.com/
-Mashiro from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Bakuman http://mutoashirogi.wordpress.com/
-The Cat in the Hat from Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat http://hatwearingcat.wordpress.com

Friday, December 7, 2012

Library Day

Agenda:
-Ms. Smyth's presentation on the Destiny Library System
-Book selection using the Destiny System
-Choose a back-up book!


Homework:
-You will need both a book and a back-up book for Wednesday
-Research paper is due on Monday!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Workshop Day

Agenda:
-Bell Work: Correct Homework/Questions about Adjective Clauses
-Workshop for Drafts and Revisions
-Progress Report Grades Check-in


Homework:
-Work on your papers!!! Due Mon.!!!!
-Library Day tomorrow to start next unit!



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Adjective Clauses

Agenda:
-Quiz Review (you can do corrections.  You should do all of the corrections if you choose to do this because it will be averaged with your original grade).
-Adjective Clause Notes
-Practice Identifying

Homework:
-Paper due Mon.!
-Adjective Clause Sheet
-Corrections

Monday, December 3, 2012

Peer Review Day Take II

Agenda--
-Find a partner to exchange your work with and log onto the blog site
-Peer Review Steps

  1. Trade Drafts
  2. Answer the questions on the blog about the draft
  3. Trade back drafts
  4. Create an action plan for your draft based on your feedback/ask for clarification where need
  5. Hand in what your partner wrote (you should have enough details in your action plan that you do not need it anymore)
  6. Workshop when you are finished
Homework
-Keep working on your papers (due next Monday)
-Bring your purple books Wednesday

Peer Review Day Take 2

Although this is just a draft, make sure to give your reviewee useful feedback that can help him/her before he/she goes on to write the final version of his/her paper.  At this point, it would be most useful to make sure that the paper has a thesis and follows the grading criteria (see earlier post if you lost yours).  These questions are designed to touch on most of them.  



Name:
Composition
Ms. Hoffmann
Date:

Peer Review

Name of Reviewee:

Does the piece have an effective title?

Does the piece use first-person pronouns (I, me, my)?

Does the piece have a logical form of organization?

Does the piece have a thesis?  What is it?

What is one thing that you like about the paper?

What is one thing that you find confusing/think needs editing before the final draft?