For Thursday, finish outlining the friendship essay. Then, brainstorm a list of the things in which you are an expert. Consider your passions too. Bring this list to class for some prewriting activities.
Read the three short essays. For the McDonald's pieces, read and make notes on what works in the essay. Then, underline the thesis statements (they are tricky to find).
For the Friendship essay, you are going to reverse outline the piece. This is, you're going to write an topic outline of the essay, so that you can see the structure. By understanding the organization of an essay, we will be able to write our essays with precision, clarity, conciseness, and sophistication. Pretty awesome, right?!
For supportive videos about outlining, look in the resources tab. To find the texts and a preview of our expository essay, click on the Expository Piece.
Today was a great class! Your portfolios are coming together beautifully. For Friday's class have the following material for the Polar Entries Narrative posted to Digication:
Additionally, you are going to tag and comment on five Habits of Mind & standards, which can be found here. Standards and Habits should both be represented in your tag/comments. Please let me know if you have any questions!
What part of writing this paper took the most time?
Perhaps you had trouble finding a topic or expressing a particular idea. Maybe you agonized over a single word or phrase. Be specific when you answer this question.
What is the most significant difference between your first draft and this final version?
Explain if you changed your approach to the subject, if you reorganized the paper in any significant way, or if you added or deleted any major details.
What do you think is the best part of your paper?
Explain why a particular sentence, paragraph, or idea pleases you.
What part of this paper could still be improved?
Again, be specific. There may be a troublesome sentence in the paper or an idea that isn't expressed as clearly as you would like it to be.
Now that you have had peer and instructor feedback, take your Polar Entries Composition to a final draft.
To help inspire and think critically about your own writing, read "Eat, Memory: Orange Crush" By YIYUN LI. Afterwords, complete the following tasks:
Finish for homework anything you don’t complete in class. These are due at the beginning of next class, typed along with your annotated text.
_____Complete the sentence fluency sheet Write a reflection about what you notice about your sentences. Do you need to add transition words and phrases? Reorganize your sentences?
_____Read and annotate Yiyun Li’s “Orange Crush”
_____Compose three paragraphs about how we change our opinions/tastes. Please type your paragraphs.
_____Narrative - Write about a time your opinion about something changed.
_____Descriptive – Describe in great detail, using imagery, something you loved when you were younger. (Maybe you still do)
____ Expository – Explain why people’s opinions and tastes change.
_____Finally, connect your reading with your writing. What did you think Li did well in her narrative? Is
there anything you will borrow for your own narrative? Just write a few sentences to help you make connections.
Now that you have an idea, it's time to write. As you compose your first draft, be thinking about the things in "Shooting Dad" that made it work as a story. Try techniques like imagery, descriptive detail, playful word choice, and dialogue to add flavor to your narrative.
Bring in your typed, double-spaced first draft to Friday's class. Please have it printed before 12:25pm. It is critical that you are prepared for this next stage of the writing process.
As always, email me or post a comment below if you have any questions.
I had a wonderful time with you all in class today. We wrote, we read, we laughed. Thanks for engaging and working hard.
For homework, revisit the short story "Shooting Dad" by Sarah Vowell. Find a four passages in each of the modes that we have been writing in:
Be prepared to share your selections with the class.