Thursday, October 16, 2014

Making Writing Exciting

Warm Up: Silent Reading and A.R. Testing  Congratulations on reaching the end of your first quarter of middle school! If you still have any A.R. quizzes that you still need to take, now is the time to do it. If not, you may you use this time to silent read, check grades, or communicate with teachers. 

Making Writing Exciting: Interactive Scary Story Activity  Today you will be acting as assistants to a book publisher and working to make one of their dull stories more exciting. The story "The Abandoned House" is not as scary or exciting as the publishers were hoping for. Your task is to substitute some of the story's nouns and verbs to make the story more vivid and engaging. You can find the activity here 

Practice Into Action: Creative Writing Time  You will now have time to work on your own stories (100 Word Challenge: I could not believe the smell). How will you apply what you've learned? What are you going to do to make your writing more exciting, vivid, and engaging? If Gary Paulsen or Francisco Jiménez were writing a scene in your story, what sorts of details, words, or literacy devices might they use? I can't wait to see what you come up with this week. 

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Complete your 100 Word Challenge: I could not believe the smell story. DueTomorrow, Friday, October 17. (3.) Complete the assignment Imagery - Woodsong, which is also due tomorrow, Friday, October 17