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Posted: September 24, 2012

We worked with a mentor text from Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee.  We were highlighting "Show Don't Tell" in writing.  Students began their own personal snapshot moments in their Writer's Notebook.  They are to practice the writing strategies used in the past 2 weeks to create their own piece of writing.  Students will be given class time to draft, but they should also work at home.  Drafts will be due Wednesday and revision strategies will be part of this week's lessons. Students should have something started in their Writer's Notebooks and be ready to write tomorrow with focus.

Posted: September 21, 2012

No homework unless assignments are not in yet.   Start thinking about a moment that you can write about for your snapshot moment.

Posted: September 19, 2012

Review of strategies for "slowing down time" and "voice in writing".  Used Mentor texts "Violet" and "Night"  and Donald Mills(handouts)   Studied mentor text "Tell Tale Heart" excerpt (Edgar Allan Poe) for conventional artistry and the ability to show "voice" in writing.  Looked at dashes, exclamation marks and italics.   Response to Donald Mills due Friday. 1/2 page -3/4 page letter responding to his blog "The Problem with Young People Today..." Use the strategies he uses to create voice in writing.  Write from perspective of a sterotypical teenager.    

Posted: September 18, 2012

Collected assignments that were due today.   Explored "voice" in writing by comparing 2 different versions of the same song- Close Your Eyes by James Taylor and 2nd version by Carly Simon, Ben and Sally Taylor   Looked at the blog:  The Problem with Young People Today... by Donald Mills to study "voice" in writing.    

Posted: September 18, 2012

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Mon, Sep 17/12 9:00 pm
Gte to Know me assignment due.  Value:  25 marks

Posted: September 17, 2012

Worked with mentor text from Night.  We looked at writing strategies to show the craft of slowing down time in writing.   Get to Know Me assignment due tomorrow.

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