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Last Writer’s Workshop, Part 2: Day 26 September 30, 2011

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Today we had our last day of workshopping in class before the final draft of the memoir is due. Today we continued reading aloud, taking notes, and giving feedback at the end of each chapter. If students had finished reading and critiquing early, they could continue writing new scenes, make changes to their rough draft, or work on editing their work with the self-editing folder, which included directions on revision dialogue, punctuation, capitalization, show don’t tell, tense, and much more.

HW: Revise your rough draft over the weekend using the feedback from your workshop. Save your revisions on GoogleDocs or bring the file with you to class on Monday (via flash drive or emailing yourself). No need to print another paper copy yet.

Questions? Need more feedback? Email me, alexa.garvoille@dpsnc.net.

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Last Writer’s Workshop, Part 1: Day 25 September 29, 2011

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Today, students met with their writing groups to read their complete memoirs aloud and get feedback. If you were absent for Rosh Hashanah, you will read your memoir to your group tomorrow for feedback.

HW: Continue working on your memoir, which will be due and perfect next Wednesday. We need to work this weekend on fixing everything suggested by our group members, then Monday and Tuesday will be spent on more specific revisions.

Memoir Reading September 29, 2011

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Thanks to DSA parents, former students, and three very lucky currents students (+2 points of extra credit to you!) for coming to the reading at The Regulator Bookshop this evening. The place was packed! Here are some photos for you to enjoy and a link to the column written by students for the N&O.

Workday 3: Day 24 September 28, 2011

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Today students continued editing, revising, and writing their memoirs. The complete rough draft (printed) is due tomorrow to use in our two-day Writer’s Workshop. All scenes should be in the same document.

HW: Finish writing memoir. Print for tomorrow. 

P.S. For two points of extra credit on your memoir, come to our reading at The Regulator Bookshop (720 Ninth St.) TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in the basement. Bring $20ish to buy a book.

Workday 2: Day 23 September 28, 2011

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Today, students met in the Media Center again to continue working on their complete rough drafts. Students received some revision back with copyediting marks. All students received W6: Copyediting Marks and took notes.

HW: Complete rough draft due printed on Thursday for final Writer’s Workshop.

Announcement: Extra credit, Twitter September 26, 2011

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Hey, y’all!

I’m offering two measly points of extra credit on your memoir if you come to the reading at The Regulator this Wednesday at 7:00! It is on Ninth Street (about a mile from DSA — turn right on Main Street, walk past Duke East Campus, turn right on Ninth Street). It will be amazing — you can hear memoirs read by the sophomores and also buy a copy of Other People + Me to be signed by your fellow DSA peeps.

Watch for our column in the Durham News this week!

Also, I really need more people following the Twitter feed. So, if you read the tweets to the right, click Follow! 8 followers is just pitiful. Don’t let me drown in my own sorrow, please.

Workday 1 – Consolidating and Writing: Day 22 September 26, 2011

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Today we met in the media center to work on the computers.

1. Pass ins. We passed in the revisions we did over the weekend. Tomorrow students will have some revisions returned to them with feedback.

2. Consolidate. If possible: Students copied and pasted all their typed pieces into one Google Document shared with Ms. G. and Ms. Fowler.

3. Write. Students worked on writing another piece for their memoir. The entire memoir has to be written by Thursday this week (rough draft version).

HW: Copy and paste all of the scenes you have typed into your GoogleDoc shared with Ms. G. and Ms. F. Work on your memoir. Complete rough draft is due (printed) on Thursday.

Writer’s Workshop #3: Day 21 September 23, 2011

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Today we had another writer’s workshop with special guests from the DSA Publishing Staff (sophomores, juniors, and seniors at our school) and Duke University’s Writing 20 program. These mentors helped students with their memoirs by providing feedback. Ask your child about it! It was super-cool! And the upperclassmen really enjoyed helping out.

If you were absent, you should revise one scene from your memoir and print it out for Monday. If you feel like you need more feedback, just email it to me.

HW: Revise the scene you read in class today. HONORS: Revise both the scene and the symbolism paragraph.

Print out the scene and bring your rough drafts to class on Monday. If you need me to print for you, just email.

Theme Readings: Day 20 September 22, 2011

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Today, students were split into groups based on the topics of their memoirs. All the authors writing about divorce sat together, all those writing about fathers sat together, etc.

1. Turn in Summer Assignment Redos. Students got out and turned in any redone summer assignments. If students did not turn them in today I will accept them tomorrow.

2. Theme review. We did a quick review of theme. Theme is the message, moral, or lesson of a story learned by the protagonist or the reader. It could also be a belief the author wants you the reader to have. Students discussed theme and then wrote a paragraph about what they thought the theme of their own memoir is. We shared these themes with our groups and then we shared a few with the whole class.

3. Readings. Students worked in groups to read a short memoir related to their own writing. The goal of this process was to help students think about how their writing could be improved by mimicking another writer’s work. We took notes as we read on a target notes sheet (I have extras if you were gone). Also, groups discussed sections they really enjoyed.

HW: 1. Finish reading the memoir you read in class today. Write a theme statement for the piece on your target notes. 2. Bring a paper copy of simile/metaphor scene you wrote on Tuesday.

HONORS: Also bring a paper copy of your symbolism paragraph. 

 

Figurative Language continued: Day 19 September 21, 2011

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Today we met in the Media Center, where Ms. Fowler took half the class to work on symbolism and Ms. Garvoille took the other half to continue working on similes and metaphors.

Symbolism Lesson

Students received this planning sheet to help them identify recurring objects in their memoir that could become meaningful symbols: Symbolism in Memoir PDF and Symbolism in Memoir BACK- PDF.

Similes Lesson

Students typed up their similes and metaphors writing on GoogleDocs, highlighting in yellow the words from their chart from yesterday.

HW: Finish similes and metaphors piece for Friday (PRINTED). HONORS: Finish symbolism paragraph for Friday.