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May 4
Work on Portfolio 2 and Choice Novel Assignment 

May 2
Workshop 5
Review Choice Novel Assignment 
Review Portfolio 2 Assignment
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April 30

Work Day for Choice Novel Assignment
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April 26

Workshop 4
Handout stories for workshop 5

April 24

Workshop 3
Handout stories for workshop 4
Workshop 5 stories due

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April 20

Workshop 2
Handout stories for workshop 3
Workshop 4 stories due

April 18
Workshop 1
Handout stories for workshop 2
Workshop 3 stories due

April 16
Using Poetry to write a story -- exercise
Handout stories for Workshop 1
Workshop 2 Stories due
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April 6
Workshop writing time

April 4
Workshop writing time
--Give pen names to instructor

April 2
Scripts Due
Workshop Assignment
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March 22
Poetry Day
Receive packet of various styles of poems -- try your hand at as many as you want.
Choice Novel reading day and work on assignment 

March 20
Scriptwriting assignment 
Work on Scripts
Due: April 2
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March 16

Playwriting: Random objects, haiku, end, middle, beginning
Looking at the Differences
Plot Motifs
--Script format
--Movie format
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March 8
1) Movie Day

March 6
1) Movie Day
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March 2
1) Journal: Finish the prompt
2) Telling stories through action
3) Picture Plot beginners

February 28
1) Portfolios due
2) Plot Motifs and Aristotle's Dramatics
3) Look at a film script vs. a playscript -- what is the difference of writing for one genre vs. another?

February 26
1) Final Portfolio Work Day
2) Remember to fill out analysis sheets
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February 22

1) Collect Dialogue Sketch
2) Portfolio Work time 

February 20
1) Journal: Song Response
2) Portfolio 1 Assignment: Review
3) Finish Dialogue Sketch: Due Next Time

February 15
1) Journal: Beginning Line
2) Writer's Notes
3) Dialogue sketch

February 13
1) Journal: Song Response
2) Dialogue exercise: turning indirect into direct discourse.
3) Listening to speaking: Go record a conversation in the atrium. Listen to people's speech patterns
4) Free write time
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February 9

1) Journal: Free Write
2) Conflict Sketches Due
3) Dialogue vs. Dialect 
4) Dialogue Reading
free write time

February 7
1) Journal: Beginning Line
2) All I Want to Know Exercise: Listen to the song and decide on the conflict. What is happening? Write it with high stakes for your protagonist. Make it something he or she is facing life vs. death. 
2) Conflict Sketch -- Work time
3) Peer Evaluation
4) Conflict Sketch due next time

February 5
1) Music Journal
2) Writer's Notes: Conflict. 
2) Choose a conflict from  the list and begin writing a story. Rotate the story twice.
3) free writing time

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February 1


January 30
1) Music Journal
2) Work on setting sketch
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January 26

1) Free choice Journal
2) Read "The Masque of the Red Death" Self: What do you see in this world? Smell? Hear? Taste? Feel (physically)?  Partners: based on your individual answers, what is the mood created by the imagery of the setting? 
3) Free write time

January 24
1) Opening Line journal
2) Brainstorm a list of places and objects. Choose one thing from each column. Begin writing a scene that takes place in the location and uses the object(s) of your choice from the brainstormed list.
3) Pass the story around and finish someone else's beginning, trying to maintain the voice of the original writer
4) Setting Sketch Assignment 
5) Free write time

January 22
1) Music Journal
2) Writer's Notes: presenting the world of the story (click here for handout)
3) Read excerpt from "Snow Falling on Cedars" Sketch out what you see  in your notebook
4) Imagery: Look at the picture. Step one, describe the image. Step two, combine that image with narrative elements to tell a short story of a character in the setting
5) Free write time

HOMEWORK: Have a choice novel chosen by Jan 30
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January 16

1) Music Journal
2) The Writer's Voice: How do we get ourselves heard?
3) Hooking Your Reader: Writer's notes
4) Review Choice Novel Assignment 
5) Writing time

January 18
Finish the prompt journal 
1) Bring in a copy of your Character Sketch and your Check Off Sheet
2) Choose a partner and switch. Then converse about the character, the changes, the edits, etc
3) Re-write your Character Sketch and share with teacher by the end of class
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January 8
1) Welcome to class
2) Board prompt 
3) brief overview

Homework: Find a journal to bring in for your Creative Writing Journal

January 9
1) Board prompt
2) Review class syllabus
3) Read an excerpt from a story with strong character. What are the simple ways this character reveals himself?
WRITER'S NOTES: LOCK = Lead, Objective, Conflict, Knockout
Let the actions speak for themselves
Find the right name for the character
5) 30 minute writing time

Homework: Get syllabus signed and have journal by Thursday

January 11
1) Collect Syllabus
2) Board prompt
3) Characterization Handout: Read and Discuss
4) Read "The Winner". Self question, partner discuss, Whole group share
5) The idea generator box -- what is it. Do you want to use it?
ASSIGNMENT: Character Sketch
   Review and begin
6) 30 minute writing time

Homework: Choose your choice novel by the end of January 


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