The Color of Water project will be due next Wednesday, September 26.
We will work each day in class this week on writing the two narratives. We will also read sample narratives and consider style with "style openers." As you write, one-on-one and two-on-one conferences on The Color of Water will wrap up.
Outside of class, you will also want to take time to write the narratives and to interview a family member; schedule an interview appointment for this week. Ms. Graham followed up on her QuickTime player lesson with this three minute tutorial on how to transcribe audio into text. We will watch it in class.
Friday -- Use the rhetorical notebook to annotate "One Writer's Beginning" for style. Continue drafting the narrative or begin revision with style analysis. The directions for transcribing audio to text are here.
Thursday's sample college application essays, which emerged from narrative writing, are here and here. We took 10-15 minutes to identify an area that needs improvement in a narrative and to freewrite/answer questions at a brainstorming station to create new material for the narrative draftwork.
Wednesday's mini-lesson on How to Write Descriptively is here. We read an excerpt from Lorrie Moore's "People Like That Are the Only People Here."
Tuesday's lesson is here.
- Style opener: Make every word work. Circle diction choices (word choices) in two very different passages on the same place, the Okefenokee Swamp. We're doing this exercise to remind ourselves that writers make very conscious choices about the connotation of words to create a tone -- some words work harder than others, though, and we stood in a circle around the rock and shouted out the words that determined tone and mood most in both passages.
- Narrative definitions and a sample narrative: With a partner, we reviewed/listed core traits of narrative. We read Canadian writer Margaret Laurence's "The Shack," and focused on her use of diction (word choice) in her introduction.
- Writing time: Time to start drafting the first of two narratives. Each student's pre-writing homework was reviewed and checked for thoroughness of writing.
HW Eng: The Color of Water project will be due next Wednesday, September 16. Draft your first and second narrative for at least 30 minutes of writing time each night this week. You do not need to finish the drafts but should have substantial work accomplished on each. Bring your draft, handouts, and The Color of Water book + notes with you to class. Schedule an appointment to interview a family member this week or weekend.