Daily Activities March 19 – 23 (Creative Writing)

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Monday, March 19

Agenda

  • Introduce new major writing project: Short Stories
  • Mini Lesson: Vonnegut’s The Shape of Stories
  • Read example text: “Lamb to the Slaughter”
  • Hunt for your own short story to read aloud and share tomorrow with a partner (500-2,000 word limit)

 

Tuesday, March 20

Agenda

  • Mini Lesson: Writing a premise for a short story
    • Warm Up: Write the premise for the example short story you found
  • Share out your example short stories with partners
  • Pass out Short Story Prompts
  • Pass out short story journal
    • Use this to keep track of your thinking as we write our short stories this week. Due Friday with your rough draft.
  • Write Journal Entry #1: Write a premise for your short story. Then, decide what “shape” you think your story will take. What are your thoughts right now?

 

Wednesday, March 21

Agenda

  • Writing Marathons Begin Today
    • Goal: Write your story completely in class (or spend max 3 hours outside of class) Get your ideas on paper!
  • Mini Lesson: Review “Shape of Stories” Beginning
    • Determine a place to start
    • Determine where the conflicts begin
    • Hint: Try to limit yourself to 1 paragraph before the conflict starts
  • Writing Marathon 1: The Starting Point of your Story
    • Rough draft due Friday
  • Journal Entry #2: What did you write today? How is the process going?

 

Thursday, March 22

Agenda

  • Writing Marathons Continue Today
  • Mini Lesson: Review “Shape of Stories” Middle
    • Determine how the conflicts change
  • Writing Marathon 2: The Middle of your Story
    • Rough draft due tomorrow to Canvas
  • Journal Entry #3: What did you write today? How is the process going?

 

Friday, March 23

Agenda

  • Writing Marathons Conclude Today
  • Mini Lesson: Review “Shape of Stories” Endings
  • Writing Marathon 3: The End of your Story
    • Goal: Complete (or get very very close) to finishing your story. If you need a lot more time – your story needs to be shortened.
    • Submit to Canvas for feedback from Ms. Ripley
  • Journal Entry #4: What did you write today? What are your thoughts on ending this story?