This course is project based. Students will analyze selected stories and articles and write a variety of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. A final major project, publication worthy, will be created in the second term of the course.
Required: Binder, 600 pages of loose leaf paper, dark pen, coloured pen, pencil
Recommended: journal notebook, glue/tape, scissors, pencil crayons/felts, ruler
Course outline: cw12-course-outline
After Spring Break (April 1 onward) students are working on their capstone projects. Each has chosen to write either a novella, a collection of poetry, or the first draft of a novel.
June 21: Final exam aka “Book launch and Author readings” This will take the entire afternoon of the exam block. Snacks. We’re celebrating these great books crafted during this school year! Come prepared with a 5 minute reading. (50 marks).
- Last capstones must be handed in by Friday
- Any late SRR and RW due now
- “Learning from the Masters” handout- analyze a chapter from one of Mrs. Bird’s collection of writing books, apply the suggestions to a sample of your own work
- Poetry analysis of “I Am a Rock”
- SRR to 42. That’s the end!
- Hand in capstone projects
- Love Letter poem
- SRR to 40
- RW to 32
- Annotated readings: writing stories/poetry See list in class.
- Editing your project
- Formating your project
- Deadline for PERFECT BOUND BOOKS: upload by May 31. If your book won’t be back in time, I can evaluate from your files.
- Deadline for EBOOKS: upload and share file with me by June 7
- Deadline for manuscripts: send docx file to me by June 14 (earlier is BETTER!)
April 29-May 3
- SRR #29-31
- RW #22, 23
- Annotated readings:
- Poets- Kooser: pp. 60-63 “Writing about Feelings” and ch 9 “Working with Detail”
- Novelists- 1. Prose: ch 6 “Character” 2. Card:ch 2 “What makes a good fictional character” 3. Ackerman & Puglisi “Emotional Wound”
- Article: “What is #ownvoices doing to our books?”
- SRR #27, 28
- RW #23
- Annotated readings:
- Poets- Kooser: “First Impressions” & “Rhyming, Ham Cubes, Prose poems”
- Novelists- Prose: ch 5 “Narration” & Woods: “Description, Point of View”
- Working on Spoken Word project
- SRR #25, 26
- RW #19,20
- SRR# 22-24
- RW #17,18
- CWR# 36-39 Finished!! 🙂
April 1 – 5
- SRR# 19-21
- RW #15,16
- SRR #16-18
- RW #13,14
- Parts of speech review (nouns, Proper nouns, pronouns, verb, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions)
- Fantasy tropes
- working on personal project: short story or scene using emotion and dialogue and beat sheet.
- SRR # 13-15
- RW #11,12
- CRW# 21-25
- Beat sheets
- Rapid Write Poem
Feb 25-March 1
- SRR #10-12 (hand in completed sheet Friday)
- CRW #16-20
- RW # 9,10
- finish working on short, short stories. These to be printed and ready to share on Wed.
- Quiz Wed on Key to 100,000 words (know prefixes and roots of the 14 words)
- Poetry Friday: Pantoum (6 stanzas)
- Family Day on Monday. Do something fun with your family!
- SRR #8,9
- RW# 7,8
- CRW # 12-15
- Reading a selection of The Blind Assassin and looking at narration. Writing one piece from 3 different PsOV. (You may use your Jerry/Harry story for this, and count that as one). 150-250 words (1/2 to one page typed) for the 2 other PsOV.
- Grammar-Look at next 7 words in the Key to 100,000 words. Mini-poster of one word. Test next Wed.
- Identifying “deep truth” and structuring a short story with one.
- Poetry Friday- “I remember” prompt poem. Students received individual prompts, wrote 1 min on each, then used the result to find their poems. For students here, use the following: 1. an object that’s precious 2. someone you value 3. a family vacation 4. a quote from a TV show or movie 5. a moment you knew you were in love
- SRR #6, 7
- RW # 5, 6
- CRW #8-11
- editing process, handouts on adding emotion to setting and dialogue
- Harry/Jerry story re-writes
- Grammar: Key to 100,000 words
- SRR 3-5
- CWR 4-8
- RW 3-4
- Story “Rings” from Geist #95 Winter 2014 What’s the symbolism of the rings? What’s the theme of the story? 150-200 words. Be sure to include specific examples and personal connections to support your opinions. (Due Tues)
- Crafting a scene from a story frame. (Due Thurs)
Jan 29-Feb 1
- Review outline
- Read “First Thoughts”
- CWR #2
- Writer’s Profile
- Get silent reading books- library signed out
- SRR #1 Quote that reveals something about the protagonist, explain
- CWR #1
- Read aloud The Salmon Eaters
- Fire alarm
- The Salmon Eaters discussion
- Task- reflection on The Salmon Eaters OR write something of your world, modeled on it. 250-300 words, due Mon
- Silent Reading
- SRR #2
- Found poetry- song lyric activity