Creative Essays: Peer Review

Daily Prompt #16: 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 #15:  My writing process

 

What is your process for writing? Be as detailed as you can.

Write for five minutes. Be prepared to share.

 

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: Crunch Time!

Daily Prompt #14: Rereading and Higlighting

Take some time to pore over your notebook (you’ve got 13 entries now, plus extra writing you may have added). Add notes in the margins of your notebook and highlight words, phrases, and lines that jump out to you. Add on to prompts you feel inspired to finish.

After you’ve done this, write a brief reflection on what you’ve written so far. Are you surprised by anything? Are you finding any patterns? Are you starting to discover your writer’s voice already?

Reread, highlight, and write for fifteen minutes.

 

After you complete the daily prompt, spend the remainder of the hour fine tuning your rough drafts or reading a great book!

Rough drafts are due tomorrow.

 

 

 

Blog Post #1 Due

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. 

Keep in mind your weekly posts (unless otherwise specified) can be about anything you want. The point is to get in the habit of posting on your blog so you can get constant feedback on your work. Consider typing one of your writer’s notebook entries and sharing what the prompt was. You do not have to include an image (although it’s always encouraged).

Have fun and use your time wisely. Once you post something, you should work on a new piece or read and comment on your peers’ work. Participation and use of class time is a part of your grade as well.

Creative Essays: Voice (Detail, Imagery)

Daily Prompt #13: 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 ten 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 of your essay.

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

Be prepared to share.


Consider the main character of your essay (it’s probably you!)

Take minutes and describe the character in great depth, including both physical and mental attributes.

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 #12: 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!