Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017




Announcements and Reminders:
                         
 You should have already shared your child's book with me on Google Docs -- for editing help, and as soon as you get the suggestions back, fix it. 

If you are hand-drawing your illustrations, have them completely finished by May 4.  (May the 4th be with you!)


Targets for Today:

I can create an interesting and multi-dimensional character.
Flat characters are two-dimensional in that they are relatively uncomplicated and do not change throughout the course of a work. 
By contrast, round characters are complex and undergo development, sometimes sufficiently to surprise the reader.


Today’s  Agenda:





1. Introduce us to the person -- in your composition book. 


2. In your composition book, list ten or more of your favorite characters from books and stories.  For each (for at least five of them), explain why you picked him or her as a favorite.  Is he or she the type of person you'd like to hang out with?  Do you have things in common with the character?  Are there things about the character you admire? Why a favorite?

Some examples from the class:
Kaladin from Stormlight Archives
Hazel from The Fault in our Stars
Boots from Gregor the Overlander
Alcatraz from the Alcatraz Series
Shallan from Stormlight Archives
Boots from Dora  (talking monkey)
Patrick Star from Spongebob
Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings
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Augie from Wonder
Weish Schnee from RWBY



3. Learn about Creating a Character: 

Types of characters -- https://www.slideshare.net/mrjphutchinson/types-of-characters-42246001

Examples -- 

Archetypal Characters: 


4. Create a new character for your own character collection, using the Character Questionnaire. 




If extra time:   (We didn't do these.)
Challenge #1 (from Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter) 
Think of two people you admire. Now think of the thing you admire most about each of them.  Combine those two qualities into one person and write about that person in the following situation: She or he is walking down the street and a strange man hands your character a small sealed carton and says, "Don't let anything happen to this!"  Then the man sprints away.  What does your character do next? 


Challenge #2 Baking Characters from Scratch -- by Ellen Potter
Ellen's Example:
  • 5 cups of cocky attitude, sifted
  • 2 cups of loyalty to friends
  • 1 cup loathing of ketchup, wet socks, and a boy from summer camp named Richard
  • 2 tablespoons of insecurity about big feet
  • 1 teaspoon of a bad habit of biting nails until they bleed
  • One pinch of a shoe-shopping fetish (but just a pinch and no more, due to the difficulty of finding shoes for big feet.)

Combine and bake at 350 degrees or until character is done. 

Challenge #2: Bake your own character from scratch.  Think of six qualities for a character and write a recipe for him or her.  


If You Were Absent:

Complete the scribbles #1 and #2. 

Pick up or download from Skyward the character questionnaire, and fill it out for a completely new character created by you.




Vocabulary:


Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017




Announcements and Reminders:
                         
 Calendar:  
March 28 -- Fieldtrip to Interview
March 30 -- Begin Storyboards
April 10 -- Storyboards due -- Ms. Dorsey will check them.  
April 12 -- Lab to work on creating books
April 14 -- Lab to work on creating books
April 18  --Lab to work on creating books
(Do we need one more lab day?)

You must have your books 
finished and edited 
by Wednesday, April 26.
Share your document with Ms. Dorsey.
Mrs. Hansen will print them in color. 
They will be bound. 
Let me know if you wish to do yours in a different way.
_________ -- Share books in class. 
_________  -- Deliver books to First Graders



Targets for Today:

Write a "scribble."
Write the child's book.

Today’s  Agenda:

Scribble:  Write about either one or both of these photos.






Computer lab 224 to finish child's book.  If you haven't shared it with me to edit yet, do that ASAP. 

If You Were Absent:





Vocabulary:



Friday, April 21, 2017

Writing Advice from Authors

Five Facts of Fiction:
http://www.ttms.org/PDFs/10%20Five%20Facts%20of%20Fiction%20v001%20(Full).pdf


“I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.” 

— Madeleine L'Engle


“I believe, more than anything, that this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life I will forgive myself.”
-- Ann Patchett

"Because of an email from a friend who just finished his first YA novel, bemoaning the fact that he felt sad, not happy with getting to the end. “It feels like a bereavement,” he said.
Instead of answering him with there-there’s, I wrote this:
I always have post-partum depression when a book is finished. Partly due to "Now baby goes out into the world" nervousness; and partly "Now what can I work on?" fears, and partly: "I dreamed of an eagle, gave birth to a hummingbird" (Edith Wharton quoting an old French saying.)
And of course not to forget the: What if there is nothing more in me? maunderings.
Somehow relief, joy, congratulations are not part of the package.
I remember years ago being at Eric Carle’s house. While everyone else was chatting, I snuck off to his studio where he sat, head in hands, bewailing the fact that he was never going to have a book idea again in his life. I tried to chivvy him out of his grief but he was having none of it.
When I went back to the living room and told his wonderful wife Bobbi that I was worried about him, she laughed. “He does this at the end of any book project,” she said. “A week of mourning, and then he’ll clean up his already immaculate studio and get back to work on this next one. Ignore him.”
Luckily, I’d identified those same tendencies in myself early on. It’s nothing more than the baby blues, sudden loss of adrenaline, and an ongoing worry that one has peaked and there’s nothing left.
Note to self and other authors—there is ALWAYS something left." -- Jane Yolen










Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017



Announcements and Reminders:
                         
 Calendar:  
March 28 -- Fieldtrip to Interview
March 30 -- Begin Storyboards
April 10 -- Storyboards due -- Ms. Dorsey will check them.  
April 12 -- Lab to work on creating books
April 14 -- Lab to work on creating books
April 18  --Lab to work on creating books
(Do we need one more lab day?)
Share your document with Ms. Dorsey.
Mrs. Hansen will print them in color. 
They will be bound. 
Let me know if you wish to do yours in a different way.
_________ -- Share books in class. 
_________  -- Deliver books to First Graders

Spirit Week
  • Wednesday: hat day
  • Thursday: jersey day (wear your favorite team or club's jersey, t-shirt, or hoody ... this can be a caveman or professional/collegiate teams, et cetera ...  remember dress code still applies, this means you may need an undershirt to go under your jersey)
  • Friday: caveman day (wear your caveman gear or dress up in white, red, and black!)


Targets for Today:

Write a "scribble."
Write the child's book.

Today’s  Agenda:

Scribble: 



If You Were Absent:





Vocabulary:




The sounds were
on a ship in a storm
and
beach cove


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Announcements and Reminders:
                         
 Calendar:  
March 28 -- Fieldtrip to Interview
March 30 -- Begin Storyboards
April 10 -- Storyboards due -- Ms. Dorsey will check them.  
April 12 -- Lab to work on creating books
April 14 -- Lab to work on creating books
April 18  --Lab to work on creating books
(Do we need one more lab day?)
Share your document with Ms. Dorsey.
Mrs. Hansen will print them in color. 
They will be bound. 
Let me know if you wish to do yours in a different way.
_________ -- Share books in class. 
_________  -- Deliver books to First Graders

Spirit Week
  • Wednesday: hat day
  • Thursday: jersey day (wear your favorite team or club's jersey, t-shirt, or hoody ... this can be a caveman or professional/collegiate teams, et cetera ...  remember dress code still applies, this means you may need an undershirt to go under your jersey)
  • Friday: caveman day (wear your caveman gear or dress up in white, red, and black!)


Targets for Today:

Write a "scribble."

Write the child's book.


Today’s  Agenda:

Scribble:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftm2uv7-Ybw


Here's another:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxNXf9fBv0g&t=5984s

Computer lab 202 to finish child's book



If You Were Absent:




Vocabulary:



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