Post your Exceptional Excerpt on your blog!

Today’s the day!

  1. Post your exceptional excerpt (with intro and picture) on your blog!
  2. Submit your rubric on Google Classroom (don’t forget to post a link to your blog post).
  3. Read at least FIVE of your peers’ novel (including from 4th hour) and post a comment!

If needed, you have until Sunday at midnight to post. Happy posting!

Polishing your Exceptional Excerpt

Use today to continue working on your chosen exceptional excerpt by revising and editing it. You may find it helpful to go back to pages 77-84 in your workbooks as you do so. It’s also highly recommended you have that same peer who read your novel Monday give your polished excerpt a look!

Choosing an Exceptional Excerpt

Now that you’ve allowed a peer to read your work and have spent some time revising and editing on your own, it’s time to pick an “exceptional” excerpt. Let’s talk about what that means by looking at page 85 in your workbooks.

You will be posting this excerpt on your blog. It’s time to reconnect with your blog readers! This rubric explains exactly how you will be graded on this summative assessment.

Use the remainder of the hour (and all of tomorrow) to work on your exceptional excerpt.

I wrote a novel! Now what?

Pat yourselves on the back. NaNoWriMo is officially over. Whether you made it to your word count goal or not, you all worked this month on a novel idea that is completely your own. Awesome!

Now, it’s time to share your novel and begin getting feedback. Open up your workbooks to page 72.

Today, you are going to partner up with someone. You should open up your novel and then exchange seats with your partner so you can read each other’s novel. As you read, also exchange notebooks and complete pages 75-76.

Before you leave class, be sure to have a discussion with your partner about each other’s novels. Have fun!

NaNoWriMo: Day 27 (Lists, Lists, and Lists of Lists)

DP #39: Lists

Read pages 69-70 in your workbooks about lists. Pick one list from page 70 to write as your daily prompt.

Take ten minutes.


Next, I’d like to share today’s “Featured Novelists” and our final NaNoWriMo pep talk of the day. Today’s author is Tamora Pierce.

Today is the LAST day to earn points for workbook activities. In case you missed some, here is a list of all of them.

Here’s a refresher on what you should complete for points:

  1. Character Questionnaire (pgs. 12-14)
  2. Conflict Handout (pgs. 16-18)
  3. Storyboard or Six Tasks for Plot (pg. 26)
  4. Plot Rollercoaster (pg. 28)
  5. Beginnings: four ways to begin your novel (pgs. 50-52)
  6. Setting that enhances a character (pgs. 31-33)
  7. Setting that enhances mood in a particular scene (pgs. 36-37)
  8. Subplotting (pg. 54)

You have the hour to keep working on these activities and keep writing your novel. Remember that the next three days in class we will meet in the lab so you can type, type, type away!


NaNoWriMo: Day 26 (Details, Details, Details)

DP #38: Details (to get readers hooked!)

Write a paragraph (incorporating the seven types of imagery) that describes an exciting moment in your novel. Consider this a paragraph that you would share with potential publishers as an example of what makes your book so special.

Take ten minutes.


Next, I’d like to share today’s “Featured Novelists” and our NaNoWriMo pep talk of the day. Today’s author is Sharon G. Flake.

Read page 55 of your workbook about the importance of details. The pages that follow have word banks that can help supply you with a larger vocabulary as you write.  You do not need to do the activities that follow (unless you are experiencing writer’s block and you think it may help).

Use the remainder of the hour to work on your novels!

NaNoWriMo Day 20: Type away (shoot for 75%!)

Use this class period to type as much as you possibly can (shooting for 75% by the end of the day – or week if you plan on working on it over break).

If you are NOT typing directly on the NaNoWriMo YWP site, make sure you copy and paste onto that site before you leave class. That way, we can have an accurate word count for you individually and for our entire class.

Let’s go!

NaNoWriMo: Day 19 (Writer Emergency Pack!)

DP #37: How’s it going?

Reflect on your novel and word count goal. How are you feeling? What do you need to do to get the novel done?

Take five minutes. Be prepared to share.


Next, I’d like to share today’s “Featured Novelist” and our NaNoWriMo pep talk of the day. Today’s author is Roxanne Gay.


Time to review our class word counts and award some more winners for completing the milestones of 25%, 50%, and 75%!


Today,  you are going to work with a “Writer Emergency Pack.” Move now so we have four groups of roughly the same size.


Next, each group will be given a deck of cards (the Writer Emergency Pack). Open them and spread the cards out in the middle of the tables.

Each card contains ideas for ways to add to your novels. Your task is to use these cards as a novel-saving tool, to fight against writer’s block, and build your word count!

Here are the possible ways to use them:

  1. Draw four at random and try to accomplish as many tasks as you can before the end of the hour.
  2. Look through the cards and select one that you feel really applies to your novel and focus only on that.
  3. Share a card(s) with someone else at the table, apply it to your individual novels, then share your results with each other at the end.
  4. Any combo of the above activities (or your own idea!)

In other words, use these cards in a way that will help you and have fun!  🙂