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Week of:

Monday

Tuesday

Thursday (Block)

Friday

August 24-28

Warm Up:

“About Me”


Class Expectations and Syllabus
Plagiarism and AHS Academic Honesty Contract
Class Discussion: Varying perspectives and the relativity of truth; Point-of-View
Assign and Discuss Practice Narrative Essay

Warm Up: Choose an item in the classroom and write a paragraph describing it.
Class Discussion: Pre-writing and brainstorming; Establishing tone
Class Exercise: Pre-writing for Practice Narrative Essay



Warm Up: Tell me about a time that you and someone you know disagreed about what happened during a shared event or experience.
Class Discussion: Perspective and Point-of-View
Class Exercise: What really happened?
Class Exercise: Writing process for a narrative essay

Warm Up: If you wrote a book about your life, what might you call it and why?
Class Discussion: Read “Countdown” by Jonathan Franzen; Identify and discuss the features of a narrative essay within “Countdown” and apply them to the practice narrative essay
Class Exercise: Pair-up to work on narrative essay drafts

August 29-September 2

Warm Up: Do you think that a birthday cake should be the flavor preferred by the birthday boy/girl or the flavor preferred by the majority of party goers? Why?
Writing Workshop: Using the practice rubric for the narrative essay, the class will evaluate their own and other’s Practice Narrative Essays, making suggestions for improvements based upon the rubric.
Exit Ticket: What are two ways you’d like to improve your essay?
Practice Narrative Essay Due

Warm Up: What is your dream career and why?
Class Discussion: Defining the narrative; Choosing topics that matter; Hand out notes
Quiz: The Narrative/Topics
Class Exercise: Topic Generator Quick Write

Warm Up: How do you think that you will use writing in your desired career?
Class Discussion: Read and discuss excerpt from Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle
Short Essay: What do you think is Walls’ thesis? How does she restate it? What other narrative devices did you spot in the essay? Show evidence from the text to support your conclusions. (Due Tomorrow)

Class Exercise: Writing in everyday life idea bounce; Use your device to find out more information on how you’ll use writing in your future career. Share what you learn with the group.


Exit ticket: Write a list of five important ways that you’ll use writing after graduation.

Warm Up: Warm Up: What do you think is more fun to read, poetry or fiction? Why do you feel this way?
Class Discussion: Poetry
Class Exercise: Poetry Smashdown
Short Essay Due


September 7-11

Labor Day Holiday!

Warm Up: Would you rather have a time machine that could only go forward in time but could land anywhere or a time machine that could go both forward and backward in time but had to land in the same spot? Why?
Class Discussion: Grammar Pop #1; Read and Discuss “Oranges” and “Outside” by Gary Soto and “The Night of Oranges” by Flavius Stan
Quick Write: Identify and discuss imagery in the texts we read today. Use examples from the text.

Warm Up: Tell me three things that you think are cool about reading an interesting story that really happened.
Class Discussion: Read and Discuss “The Day it Rained Cockroaches” by Paul Zindel
Quick Write: Think of an experience that you had that is similar to Zindel’s and explain how the two experiences are related.
Assign and Discuss Formal Narrative Essay
Class Exercise: Pre-Writing for the Formal Narrative Essay

Warm Up: What do you do when you don’t know what a word means? What else could you do to best understand the meaning of the word?
Class Discussion: Vocabulary Workshop
Quick Write: Incorporate a made-up word into your paragraph. Use what we learned to convey the meaning of the word. Switch essays and try to guess the meaning of the fake words.
Vocabulary flash cards set #1: Convey, Textual, Context, Denotative, Connotative, Narrative

September 14-18

Warm Up: How could you use writing as a secret weapon?
Class Discussion: Grammar Pop #2
Writing Workshop: Thesis and Topic Sentences

Warm Up: Do you think that it’s important to know something about the narrator of a piece? How can we accomplish this?
Class Discussion: Grammar Pop #3
Writing Workshop: Introductions, Conclusions, Body Paragraphs

Warm Up: How do you show something about you and who you are in one or both of your narrative essays?
Class Discussion: Read and Discuss a text that demonstrates voice; Establishing Voice
Writing Workshop: Work on our drafts

Warm Up: Tell me about something fun that you’d like to try. How would it make a great story?
Class Discussion: Poetry
Class Exercise: Poetry Smashdown #2
Formal Narrative Essay Due

September 21-25

Warm Up: Describe the image you see on the screen.
Writing Workshop: Peer Conferencing
Assign Polished Narrative Essay

Warm Up: Pick something meaningful to you (a pet, a tree at your favorite park, your home, etc.). Write it at the top of your sheet of paper. Describe your subject using sensory imagery, but don’t mention your subject in your description because we will try to guess each other’s subjects.
Class Discussion: The Descriptive Essay; Common Characteristics of Descriptive Essays; Provide Descriptive Essay notes
Class Exercise: Guess the subject!

Warm Up: Make up a word. What does your word mean? What made you think of it?
Class Discussion: Grammar Pop #4; Read and Discuss a descriptive piece
Class Exercise: Pair up and conduct a textual analysis of the descriptive piece
Vocabulary flash cards set #2: Inquiry, Refers, Distinguish, Prevailing, Imperative, Diction
Polished Narrative Essay Due

Warm Up: Describe your ideal cupcake or ice cream cone.
Class Discussion: The writing process for a descriptive essay, Read and Discuss a descriptive piece
Grammar Quiz
Class Exercise: Choosing topics for a descriptive essay
Assign Descriptive Essay



September 28-October 2

Warm Up: What do you like about descriptive paragraphs? Can you think of a book or story that you liked because of the descriptions?
Quiz over Descriptive Writing
Class Discussion: Read and Discuss a descriptive piece
Writing Workshop: Descriptive Essays

Warm Up: Do you like peer editing? Why or why not?
Class Discussion: Writing tips and suggestions
Class Exercise: Work on descriptive essays, Peer editing

Warm Up: Write a brief descriptive poem about your favorite food.
Class Discussion: Grammar Pop #5; Read and Discuss descriptive essays
Vocabulary flash cards set #3: Simile, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Personification, Cohesive
Writing Workshop: Work on descriptive essays

Warm Up: Create a cereal mascot and describe him/her.
Class Discussion: Read and Discuss a descriptive essay
Class Exercise: Pair up and analyze the text
Assign Second Descriptive Essay
First Descriptive Essay Due

October 5-9

Warm Up: Personify an inanimate object. (ex. pencil, pens, milk, a coffee pot, a tree, a mustache, etc.)
Class Discussion: Grammar Pop #6
Class Exercise: Game-Personify This!



Warm Up: How do you think that reading and writing can help you improve your vocabulary?
Class Discussion: How word choice can improve our writing.
Class Exercise: Game-On and Poppin Some Words
Vocabulary flash cards set #4: Alliteration, Symbolism, Sensory, Concrete Details, Abstract Details

Warm Up: Why do you think a writer would choose to write a short story?
Class Discussion: The Short Story; Elements of the short story; Short Story Notes; Read and Discuss a short story
Class Exercise: Work together to map out the story we just read


2nd Descriptive Essay Due

Warm Up: Tell me about a song that has lyrics you relate to. What connects you to the lyrics?
Class Discussion: Poetry
Class Exercise: Poetry Smashdown #4

October 12-16

Holiday!

Warm Up: Tell me about an event in your life that would make a great short story.
Class Discussion: Writing good dialogue
Writing Workshop: Dialogue!
Exit Ticket: A line of dialogue

Warm Up: If you had a day with a penguin, what would you do?
Class Discussion: Read and Discuss a short story
Class Exercise: Conduct a text analysis of the short story using what we have learned

Warm Up: Tell me about something you read or watched that you thought was exciting. What made it exciting?
Class Discussion: Showing Vs. Telling; Creating conflict; Why no one wants to read a perfectly happy story
Class Exercise: Showing Vs. Telling
Exit Ticket: An example of showing

October 19-23

Warm Up: Do you think that a memoir about your life would be interesting? Why?
Class Discussion: Grammar Pop #7; Choosing topics for a short story; Writing tips for short stories
Class Exercise: Brainstorming for short stories
Assign Short Story

Warm Up: What do you think defines a writer? What would someone have to do to become a writer?
Class Discussion: Writing a short story.
Class Exercise: Use graphic organizers to do pre-writing for a short story

Warm Up: What do you think is more possible: building a time machine that goes forward in time or a space ship that is capable of traveling to other galaxies?
Class Discussion: Read, Discuss, and Story Map a short story
Writing Workshop: Short Stories

Warm Up: Do you think that telling a story would be easier if you could do it with pictures instead of words? Why?
Class Discussion: Freytag’s Pyramid and Storyboarding
Writing Workshop: Use Freytag’s Pyramid and/or Storyboarding to plot out your story




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