Sunday, January 15, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:

Targets for Today:

Today’s  Agenda:

Appointment Clocks

Put together Collages.
Some time in Lab 202

If You Were Absent:


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:
Check the seating chart today for your assigned seat.

Were you able to bring a composition book?  If not, bring one as soon as you can.

Receive a disclosure document.  They are due by. . . . January 27.

Targets for Today:

Write a variety of things!
Learn more about the Writing Process. 

Today’s  Agenda:

Check the Seating Chart for your assigned seat.

Receive your disclosure document.
Scan and skim the document and start filling out the VIP form.

Do you have your Composition Book -- If so, set it up using the available handout.

Scribble: (from Ms. Dorsey):
Receive an Oreo and write it about it.  You could describe it, make up a story or a poem, evaluate it,  or write anything that you can somehow relate to the Oreo!

Computer Lab --  202
On Google Docs, write a response to the prompts about Your Writing Process.   You do not have to answer every questions.  Just describe your writing process as thoroughly as you can.
Your Writing Process
Sample: Ms. Dorsey's Writing Process
Work on your Creativity Collage
You could get started on your bio-poems today.

 About Me - Collage.doc

For your information:  Writing and ADD/ADHD

Appointment Clock 

If You Were Absent:
See above for what we did. 

Writing Process: Pictures are worth a thousand words.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:

If you've enrolled in Creative Writing class, 

look forward to doing lots of writing!  

Pick your own seat for today.

Needed Supplies:

For Ms. Dorsey's Creative Writing class, you will need a composition book, not a spiral bound notebook, but one of the cardboard covered composition books.

You'll need plenty of pens and pencils.  You're expected to come each day with your own.

You'll also need to bring loose-leaf paper.

Optional:  A three-ring binder (which could be used for more than one class) would help you stay organized.

Targets for Today:

 Get acquainted with class procedures.

Today’s  Agenda:

  For today you will pick your own seat. 

1. Self-Starter
  • On a sheet of lined paper, write a response to the picture below.  You could write a description, commentary, a poem, a brief story, or whatever you're moved to write based on that picture.   
  • Your response should be about a half-page or so long.  
  • Give it a title and add today's date. 
Example: Flight

You're in Charge.   
Students signed up for a day to present a scribble (writing prompt) for the class to respond to. 

Here is a link to  Ideas for Scribble Prompts.

3. Introducing the Creativity Collage Project

Download and print:  About Me - Collage.doc

Or pick up a copy in the classroom.
Each student also received a piece of colored card stock to use for creating the collage.

The Writing Process

PREWRITING is what you do to get ready to write (draft).


-- Gather Ideas and Details

-- Focus (narrow) the topic

-- Decide on a tentative organization for the piece

Much of PREWRITING happens before we start to draft (actually write it down), but we 

often go back to PREWRITING activities when we need more ideas and details, or need 

more focus, or decide to modify the organization.

We practiced these types of prewriting.

1) Freewriting: Just start writing and write for about two minutes about anything that comes into your mind. The point is to not stop writing during those two minutes. You're not writing about anything in particular, just whatever comes to mind. If your mind goes blank, just write blank, blank, or something else. This technique will sometimes free up your mind when you have writers' block, or may generate ideas you could write about.

2) Focused freewriting:  Focus on a single topic, but go anywhere you wise with it. 


Again, you are going to just write for two minutes without stopping. This time, you will focus on one of these words:  red, rain, or laughter. Select one of those words, and write anything that comes to mind about that word during the two minutes. This can help you discover what you know about a subject, or help you think of different ways to look at it.




3) Asking questions: Select a subject you know about, then use the newspaper reporter's question words to generate information about that subject. Here's an example:


who?  players, coaches, umpires, fans, . . . 

what?  play ball? bats, mound, bases, backstop, hot dogs, baseball caps, uniforms, . . . 

where?  arena, field, Wrigley Field, back lot, school, . . . 

why?  fun!  money for pros, fun to watch, for the hot dogs, The All-American past time, 

exercise, get outside, . . . 

when? summertime, night games, day games, weekends, recess, P.E., . . . 

Now, you pick a topic and list answers to each of the "W's."

another sport       a holiday       an event       a . . . . . .  

4) Webbing:

This is a sample of a web for prewriting.

We created a  web for "fears."

We'll do this next time:   

If You Were Absent:

See above for what we did. 


for later: Writing helps: 
Fingers for Writing with Sensory Images

C.S. Lewis
Author's Revising