Revising/Editing Contest Balloon Stories

Daily Prompt #53: Your Favorite Memory

Think about your favorite memory from this school year and write it down.

Take five minutes.

 

Hi folks! Today, you are going to give each other feedback on your balloon contest stories. To start, complete the following:

  • Write your name at the top
  • Add a title (if you don’t already have one)
  • Add the total word count at the top
  • Grab a stack of post-it notes

Now, we’re going to sit in a circle and pass our stories around for about twenty minutes. When you get the story, do the following:

  • Read it thoughtfully.
  • Take a sticky note and write:
    • Your name
    • Your favorite part about the piece
    • One suggestion for improvement
    • A question the story raises for you
  • Stick the sticky note on the back of the story and pass it to the left.
  • Repeat the process with the next story you get.

The last twenty minutes are your chance to read the post-it notes and make edits and revisions, as necessary.

Be prepared to post your final version of the story on your blog tomorrow and on the contest application form (use Mrs_Keskes as the YWP Username).

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Chalk Poetry Day!

Hi folks!  We are outside today writing our poems in chalk for the world to see.

In addition to writing your own poem, you will be adding a line to our class poem as well. The title of our poem will be “What is poetry?”

Happy National Poetry Writing Month!  🙂

Flash Draft Your Rough Draft!

DP #20: What are you excited about?

In regards to the fiction piece you have been preparing for, what are you most excited about?

Write for five minutes. Be prepared to share.

 

It’s time: time to get the draft done! This can be the hardest step (I know it is for me!) Once you’ve got something though, then you can go back and revise and make it just the way you want. It’s hard to do that when you’ve nothing to start with.

So, use this entire hour to try and write your entire rough draft. You’ll have next week to revise and edit it.

While you’re writing, I’ll continue to conference and check both plot charts and character questionnaires.

Happy writing!

Creating Blogs: Day One

Hi Class!  The next three days, we will be meeting in the lab so you can create your blogs and write your very first post! Thursday, we will read and comment on each other’s first posts.

Use the packet provided to help you stay on top of your daily tasks.

Today’s tasks:

1. Try to complete Parts One and Two in your “Making a Blog” packet.

2. Don’t panic if you don’t finish. You can continue where you left off tomorrow.

Have fun, and don’t be afraid to ask your teacher lots of questions. This can be overwhelming at first!

 

 

 

Unleashing Pandora’s Box

DP50: The bird looked at me and said…

Finish the sentence. You have three minutes.

 

Today, I will be opening “Pandora’s Box.” It is a box full of randomness that will dictate what you will spend the hour writing about.

At each table, every person gets to draw one item from “the box” and set it in the center of the table. You then have to write a story (individually or with a partner) which incorporates ALL of the items drawn.

The catch? You will also be drawing a “genre” card which tells you what kind of story to write.

Have fun! We’ll save the end of class for sharing a few.

 

Show and Tell (for big kids)

DP #49: Today I feel…

Finish the sentence above. Take three minutes.

 

Hi folks! Today, you’re going to use the item you brought as inspiration for writing a creative essay, screenplay, story, or poem (or a morph of two or more).

Put the item on your desk in front of you and consider the following to get the creative juices flowing:

  • Do you have a true story about this item you want to write about?
  • Why did you bring this item in?
  • Who might have an item like this?
  • Where did this person get it from?
  • Is this item alive?
  • Does this item have a name?
  • Could this item be used as a good luck item?
  • Where has this item been?
  • Why is this item so important?
  • Why is this item so tragic?
  • What does this item represent?
  • If this item could talk, what would it say?

You have twenty minutes to craft something.

The remainder of class, we will do traditional “show and tell” except you’ll be reading the piece you wrote to the class (or an excerpt) as you show off what you brought.

Script writing: the assignment

Daily Prompt #20: Inspired by Image

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Courtesy of Pixabay

Inspired by this image, write for seven minutes.

Today, we’re going to review the requirements for the script assignment.  Here’s the rubric.

To help you make sure your idea is sound, use this plot chart to test. Then, when you’re ready, begin writing out the script itself.

We’ll be in the lab tomorrow and Friday so you can type your rough draft. We will do editing on Monday. Tuesday, you will finalize your draft and publish it on your blog.

Happy writing!