Blogging Unit: Digital Citizenship

Daily Prompt #8: Senses Exploration

Practice utilizing all the five senses in your writing: see, hear, feel, taste, smell.  Write for five minutes describing this classroom and all the five senses you’re experiencing at this exact moment.

In this class, you will be creating a blog.

What is a blog?

a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.

Why have one?


After next week, you can officially call yourself a blogger!

But before you do, we need to talk about something very important: digital citizenship and your digital footprint.

Let’s brainstorm as a class what our rules should be when we are in the digital world.


Time to get the basics of blogging down.   You will be reading about how to blog effectively while completing a handout.  Feel free to discuss with your neighbors, but complete your own work. We will be going over the handout in class tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Writing a Book Review: Day One

Daily Prompt

WN #25: Story Starter

There’s a note on the windshield of your car. The note says, “I’ve taken your most prized possession. If you want to see it again, in tact, meet me tonight at baseball field around the corner of the local high school. And bring your glove.” What makes this note so curious is that you’ve never played baseball, though you take no chances because your most prized possession is extremely valuable to you. Write this scene.

(from Reader’s Digest writing prompts)

Free write for seven minutes.

This week’s focus is on how to write a book review.  You will all be writing one and posting it on your blogs this Friday.

To get a sense of what a short, but well-written book review should look like, you’ll be reading the following three by former students:

The Book Thief: a real steal

Extremely Sad and Incredibly Beautiful

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Let’s discuss and generate a list of what these book reviews have in common, including what they don’t have.

Here’s a link that will take you to all of the student book reviews. Keep in mind some are more well-written than others.

Here’s a book review written by a professional reviewer.  You can actually do this for a living!

A New York Times Book Review

Let’s review some book review writing tips.

With the time remaining, start crafting your review by responding to the questions in the writing tips.

Tomorrow, we will discuss some writing challenges and spend some focused time writing rough drafts.

Creative Essays: Topic Ideas

Daily Prompt #11: Rereading and Highlighting

Take some time to pore over your notebook (you’ve got 10 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?

 

For the remainder of the hour, start working on your creative essay.

If you already have an idea, start writing a rough draft.

If you’re still searching for an idea, begin making a brainstorming list and ask your peers for ideas, including what they’re going to write about.

Try your best to have your topic picked out before you leave class today.

See you in lab 300 tomorrow!

 

Blogging Unit: Digital Citizenship

Daily Prompt

WN #7: Senses Exploration

Practice utilizing all the five senses in your writing: see, hear, feel, taste, smell.  Write for five minutes describing this classroom and all the five senses you’re experiencing at this exact moment.

 

In this class, you will be creating a blog.

What is a blog?

a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.

Why have one?


After next week, you can officially call yourself a blogger!

But before you do, we need to talk about something very important: digital citizenship.

Here is an overview of my digital citizenship expectations for this class.

Finally, here is a digital citizenship contract everyone needs to sign.


Since we’re doing a bit of cramming due to snow days, let’s get started on tomorrow’s assignment as well.

Time to get the basics of blogging down.   You will be reading about how to blog effectively while completing an open-note blogging quiz.  Feel free to discuss with your neighbors, but complete your own work.

Additional Resources to ensure you’re blogging properly and effectively:

Great Teen Blogs

Blogging Do’s and Don’ts and 10 Blogging Tips: scroll down a bit to read the visual.

Can I use that picture?


Remember, we are meeting in lab 300 tomorrow so you can complete the online portion of this quiz. See you then!

 

 

 

Workshop Day: Playwriting (Day Four)

Daily Prompt

WN #42: Writing from an Image

absurd set

This is an actual set for a play.  What do you imagine the script would be like for a play like this?  Freewrite for ten minutes, exploring your thoughts and ideas about this set.

The end of the marking period is…tomorrow!

I need all of you to rate yourselves on your participation.  Take out your Progress Tracker Packets and fill out the section about participation for marking period 2.  Turn those into me today so I can review them and input the grades.

As always, be honest (with me, and with yourself).

Now, while I am conferencing with students individually, these are your options:

* work on writing your own ten-minute play (write something entirely new or take a piece you’ve already written and convert it)

* work on a post for your blog (remember to post your book review if you haven’t yet)

* read a great book

* help a fellow writer with his/her writing

Okay, happy writing/reading!

 

Workshop Day: Playwriting (Day Two)

Daily Prompt

WN #40: Writing from a List

Make a list of moments from your own life which could be interesting to see onstage.

Write for five minutes.

Let’s continue yesterday’s discussion about plays.  Today, we’re going to specifically focus on structure.

For those interested, I have another 10-minute sample script for one actress called, “The Serpent’s Tale.”

Now, while I am conferencing with students individually, these are your options:

* work on writing your own ten-minute play (write something entirely new or take a piece you’ve already written and convert it)

* work on a post for your blog (remember to post your book review if you haven’t yet)

* read a great book

* help a fellow writer with his/her writing

Okay, happy writing/reading!

 

Writing a Book Review: Day Three

Daily Prompt

WN #38: Lifting a Line

Select a random line from your notebook and make it the first line of a new piece.

Write for ten minutes.

It’s time to continue working on book reviews.

Today, we’re going to look at revision guidelines.

Use the remainder of the hour to write and revise your reviews while I conference with those I missed last week.  It’s a good idea to have a peer review what you’ve written so far.

Happy Writing!