Creative Writing 11  September 2019 to January 2020

Last day for late assignments: Mon Jan 13

Jan 13-17

  • Independent Novel project (due Friday, Jan 17)
  • Compiling Portfolio artifacts for interview next week
  • Catch-up
  • RW 28-29
  • Reviewing literary and poetic terms for final exam

Jan 6-10

Dec 16-20

  • SRR 41-42
  • Children’s book: story analysis, plan, write, type, bind (Mon-write story, Tues-lay out & art, Wed-cover, Thurs finishing up, Fri hand in)
  • Poetry- write a festive song parody

Dec 9-13

  • SRR 38-40
  • RW 26-27 (inappropriate ‘children’s’ stories)
  • Macbeth essay topics brainstorm
  • Macbeth essay outline
  • Macbeth performance planning and presentation
  • Poetry- Festive black-out poetry

Dec 2-6

  • SRR 35-37
  • RW- 24-25 (kid memories)
  • Macbeth Act IV, V handouts 21, 22
  • Macbeth Act III, IV, V reading quizzes
  • Poetry- Spoken Word performances

Nov 25-29

Note: the Macbeth handouts are not my original work, so I can’t post them here.

  • SRR 32-34
  • RW 21, 22
  • Macbeth memory assignment distributed
  • Macbeth Act I, handouts Lesson 15, 16, 17, Reading quiz
  • Macbeth Act II, Act III, handouts Lesson 18, 20, Reading quiz 2 & 3
  • Poetry Friday: working on Spoken word projects (perform next week)

Nov 18-22

  • SRR 29-31  (Hand in sheet for 25-30)
  • RW 20, 21
  • Lord of the Flies synthesis ‘test’
  • Short story- Lord of the Flies re-imagined due Thursday’s class
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Poetry Friday; working on Spoken Word project

Nov 13-15

  • SRR 27-28
  • RW 19
  • Short story- Lord of the Flies re-imagined
  • Poetry Friday- Spoken Word project begins

Oct 7-Nov 5 we are doing a novel study on Lord of the Flies

Nov 4-8

  • SRR 24-26
  • RW 17-18
  • Essayless Essay
  • Character quiz
  • Poetry Friday- Love Letter

Oct 28-Nov 1

  • SRR 21-23
  • RW 15, 16
  • See unit schedule for Lord of the Flies
  • Poetry Friday: How To Be poem

Oct 21-25

  • SRR #19-20
  • RW #13-14
  • See unit schedule for Lord of the Flies
  • Professional Development Day- Mrs. Bird at conference in Surrey.

Oct 14-18

Oct 7-11

  • SRR # 14-16
  • RW # 10,11
  • Lord of the Flies Pre-reading activity
  • LotF- review unit strategies, listen to/read chapter one.
  • Poetry Friday- prompt poem (En 11 version)

Sept 28-Oct 4

  • SRR # 11-13
  • RW # 8, 9
  • The Short Scene (max 500 words)
  • The short, short story with planning sheet (max 750 words)
  • Poetry-Pantoum

Sept 23-27

  • SRR #8, 9, 10
  • RW # 6, 7
  • Outline the short Story comparison essay based on the comparison chart from last week
  • From the outline, write the essay. Follow instructions and rubric here. Pay close attention to the integration of quotes and the citation format!

Sept 16-20

  • SRR#6, 7 (hand in 1-6)
  • RW # 4, 5
  • Short story: “The Doll’s House” p. 233-239  1. Why aren’t the Burnell children allowed to speak to the Kelvey children?  2. Describe a situation when someone was ostracized. What was the result?  3. What could be the symbolism of the lamp?
  • Short story: free choice (pick something in the book, or Mrs. Bird’s shorts. You must create 3 higher order/ analysis questions for the back, and answer them.
  • Story comparison chart
  • Literary terms notes and sorting activity
  • Pro D.

Sept 9-13

  • SRR #3, 4, 5
  • RW #2, 3
  • Short story “The Giraffe” (p. 100).  Summary sheet (see link Sept 3-6)  Special questions on the back page:
    1. Describe the symbolism of the giraffe to the boys.
    2. Examine the style. Compare dialogue lines with the narrator’s commentary to the other boys. Why are some speeches in quotation marks and some not?
    3. Explain the significance of the last line, “Damn this town anyway, where giraffes can’t live, because there’s room only for the things that are already here.”
  • Short story “The Elephant” (p. 111)
    1. This is a satirical piece. Define satire.
    2. Explain HOW “The Elephant” is satirical. What habit of governments is it mocking?
    3. In the denouement the narrator implies an effect of lying to children. Explain. Is it a true assessment? Have you been lied to by authority? How did you respond?
  • Short story “The Stolen Party” (p. 123)
    1. Does Rosaura’s mother give her good advice?  Why doesn’t Rosaura believe her?
    2. What is the significance of giving Rosaura money instead of a toy? Describe a situation when you thought things were one way, but they turned out to be another.
    3. Explain the last line, “As if the slightest change might shatter an infinitely delicate balance.”
  • Short story “The Dead Child” (p. 186)  Special Questions:
    1. The narrator makes some assumptions about the children in her class that turn out to be incorrect. Identify two assumptions and contrast with the truth.
    2. How does the teacher change the atmosphere in her class? Give 2 quotes as example.
    3. Identify 3 examples of imagery that the author has used to reveal atmosphere, character, setting, or theme.

Sept 3-6