Creative Essays: Peer Editing

Daily Prompt #12: Hypothetical Situations

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be, and why?

Write for five minutes.

Hi folks! Today, you’re going to help each other get your creative essays in tiptop shape. You’ll each get a peer editing sheet which you’ll attach to your rough draft.

You will be passing your essay around to TWO different people for editing. You may choose who you would like feedback from. The rubric will be posted on the board so you can keep it in mind when you’re editing each other’s work.

Remember, we meet in the lab tomorrow so you can get your final drafts posted on your blogs and “turn in” the rubric for the assignment.

Creative Essays: Self-editing

Daily Prompt #11:  Catharsis

What’s on your mind right now? Write it down!

Write for five minutes.

 

Today, the goal is to start fine-tuning your creative essay rough drafts by completing a self-edit checklist. Keep in mind we will be peer editing tomorrow, so get your essay in the best shape you can today.

If at all possible, bring a typed copy of your rough draft to class tomorrow. If you can’t, make sure you write legibly.

Creative Essays: Voice (Detail, Imagery)

Daily Prompt #10: Hypothetical Situations

You are told you have only one more day to live.

What do you do?

Write your response as a narrative. Use first person point of view and describe the day, rather than simply listing what you’d wish for. Use dialogue if you want.

Write for five minutes.

By now, you all hopefully have your topic for your creative essay, as well as a working rough draft.

Let’s work on ways to incorporate more detail and imagery now. You may not use everything you write today in your final draft, but even one additional sentence full of imagery can enrich your piece.


Consider the setting or main character of your essay.

Take ten minutes and describe one of these in great depth, including the five senses (see, hear, taste, touch, smell).

Be prepared to share.


Now, take that same focus from the last exercise and think of some figurative ways of describing it. Examples include: personification, metaphor, and similes.

Take five minutes.

Be prepared to share.


Spend the remainder of the hour reading your rough draft again and finding creative ways to incorporate some of the imagery you developed today.

Creative Essays: Voice (Diction and Tone)

Daily Prompt #9: Worst Moment

Even though it may be difficult, write about one of the worst moments of your life. Be as detailed as you can.

Write for eight minutes.

As you continue working on your creative essays, it’s important to consider what tone you want to send. Are you trying to be humorous? Serious? Witty? Sarcastic? Inspiring? Are the words you’re selecting helping create this tone?

Let’s discuss what tone is.

Spend the remainder of class working on your prewriting/rough draft of your creative essay. Don’t stress or overthink it; it’s a rough draft. If you are still struggling with an idea for what to write about, please let me know: I can help!

 

 

 

 

Blog Post #2 (free choice!)

Hi folks!

Today is a day to work on your blogs as well as read your peers’ blogs and post comments.

Remember that you have to post on your blog at least once a week for credit. Be sure to publish something by midnight Sunday.

IMPORTANT: since you have a full week to post something on your blog, blog posts cannot be completed as late work after the due date. Be sure to plan accordingly.

This week’s theme is free choice. Consider typing one of your writer’s notebook entries and sharing what the prompt was. You do not have to include an image this week (although it’s always encouraged).

Have fun and use your time wisely. Once you post something, you should read and comment on your peers’ work. 

Creative Essays: Voice (Syntax)

Daily Prompt #8: Punctuation Social Personalities

Consulting the “Punctuation Social Personalities” handout, decide which type of punctuation best matches you and your personality.  You can pick more than one.

For example, here’s how I’d describe my personality using punctuation:

– ! ? ; ! –

Now, write about.  You can choose the STYLE you want to write in (consult your handout from yesterday for ideas). It’s your personality; you decide.

Write for ten minutes.

Punctuation is a powerful way of getting your voice across in your writing. Consider what a piece with many exclamation points is saying versus a piece with lots of hyphens.

Choose your punctuation wisely, and use it correctly.

Yesterday, I reviewed the elements of writing you have control over to create your own unique voice. Today, we’re going to focus on one of them: syntax (i.e. sentence structure).

Generally speaking, sentences can be broken down into three categories:

simple

compound

complex

The types of sentences you choose to use directly affect the voice you’re creating in your writing.

On the top of a fresh sheet of paper in your writer’s notebook, write a simple sentence. For example,

The girl cried softly.

Now, take the sentence you just wrote, and make it a compound sentence. For example,

The girl cried softly, but the little boy didn’t notice.

Now, take the sentence you just wrote, and make it a complex sentence. For example,

The girl cried softly as the little boy continued playing with his trucks.

Reflect on your own writing. Do you tend to use a certain type of sentence or do you vary them? What kind of sentence do you prefer and why?

Let’s look at the essays again. Pick one and label (identify) the types of sentences the author uses. Look for patterns. Does anything stand out to you? How are they using syntax (sentence structure) to help create voice and get a point across?

With the time remaining, start doing some pre-writing with your brainstorming ideas while I begin conferencing with you about your writing goals and index cards.

 

Creative Essays: Style and Voice

Daily Prompt #7: 

What do you care about?

Write for eight minutes.

 

Let’s check out the rubric for the creative essay assignment, as well as the online publication opportunities.

In this class, you’re going to continually work on crafting your style and voice. This assignment is the first step.

But what is the difference between style and voice?

For the remainder of the hour, brainstorm ideas for your essay, and jot down your favorites on an index card to turn in.

 

Creative Essays: an Introduction

DP #6: 

Describe one of the best days of your life. Be as detailed as you can, focusing on only one moment.

Write for eight minutes.

Today, marks our first writing unit: creative essays.

Before we get any farther, let’s answer this question: what is an essay?

To get a better understanding of what a creative essay can look like, we’re going to read seven sample creative essays and begin defining what makes an essay effective or ineffective.

As  you read through the packet, jot down the following in your notebook for the three essays you feel were most effective:

  • Name of essay
  • What is it about? (in a sentence)
  • Favorite line from it
  • What you like about it (what makes it effective?)

Be prepared to discuss.

 

Peer Feedback on Blog Post #1

Hi folks!

Now that your blogs are set up, it’s time to start exploring!

Click on “Student Blogs” on our class blog so you can find each other’s blogs. Consider following each other as well so you never miss a post! Posts will show up in your Reader once you do.

Go to Google Classroom and select the assignment, Peer Feedback. Follow the directions and, when you’re done, click ‘turn in’ in the top right-hand corner.

This assignment is due by tonight at midnight.

Have fun reading and commenting!