English IV: Creative Writing

 

Welcome to English IV Creative Writing!  This is a yearlong course for seniors who wish to engage in creative self-expression through writing.  We will explore classic and contemporary literary works with an appreciation for the work itself, and a focus on the writer's craft.  Such models will form the basis for lessons for our own writing with an emphasis on effective pre-writing techniques, writing for a variety of purposes and audiencs, and developing a personal style. Our units include journaling, memoir, poetry, short story, playwriting, writing for children, and the DCE.  

Use this website daily.  It will include our weekly agenda and homework, some important handouts, and additional readings that will be assigned from time to time.

 

THIS WEEK'S AGENDA & HOMEWORK

Mon, 11/16

  1. Book chat #2 - share info about your 2nd book with your group (submit your character analysis worksheet #2 TODAY)
  2. On Writing "Toolbox" review for quiz - we will play a Kahoot!

HW:

  1. On Writing - pp. 111-137 (Toolbox) Quiz - next class
  2. Fall Poem Questions - due next class
  3. Poem of Thanks - due Thurs/Fri, 11/19-11/20
  4. DCE Introduction Paragraph + 3 topic sentences - due Thurs/Fri, 11/19-11/20

Tues/Wed, 11/17-11/18

  1. Discuss Fall Poem Questions
  2. Figurative Language in Poetry -  whole class lesson; activity in groups
  3. On Writing Quiz #4  

HW:

  1. Poem of Thanks - due next class
  2. DCE Introduction Paragraph + 3 topic sentences - due next class
  3. On Writing - quiz on pp. 141-162 - Tues/Wed, 12/15-12/16

Thurs/Fri, 11/19 -11/20

  1. Share Poems of Thanks in groups
  2. DCE Character Essay Intro Paragraph Peer Edit in groups

HW:

  1. HAVE A GREAT FALL BREAK!
  2. On Writing - quiz on pp. 141-162 - Tues/Wed, 12/15-12/16
  3. DCE Character Analysis Essay - due Thurs/Fri, 12/17-12/18

PAST AGENDAS & HOMEWORK

Wed, 8/19

  1. 1st Day Zoom Meet and Greet
  2. Ice Breaker Activity

HW:

  1. Ice Breaker - Who Am I? on Google Slides - due next class

Thurs/Fri, 8/20-8/21

  1. Google Classroom tour, syllabus, Academic Honesty Policy, website, bitmoji classroom & due dates
  2. Introduce Unit 1: Journaling 
  3. Share "Who Am I?" ice breaker in groups
  4. Assign "The New Selfie"

HW:

  1. Journaling Article/Video Questions - due Mon, 8/24
  2. Syllabus & Academic Honesty Agreements - due Mon, 8/24
  3. "The New Selfie" assignment (picture & paragraph) - due Tues/Wed, 8/25-8/26

Mon, 8/24

  1. Zoom Meet - reminder: did you submit agreements for the syllabus and Academic Honesty Policy?  Did you submit your Journaling article Q's to Google Classroom?
  2. "How to Handle a Journal" - article
  3. Journal Assignment #1 - "What Is Your Obsession?" - intro & expectations for writing

HW:

  1. Ice Breaker - "The NEW Selfie" - due next class
  2. Journal Assignment #1 - due Thurs/Fri, 8/27-8/28

Tues/Wed, 8/25-8/26

  1. Intro to On Writing and Stephen King; assign reading pp. 17-50
  2. Share your NEW Selfie in groups; remember to submit to Google Classroom (it's worth points!)
  3. Intro to "My Name - Thinking Metaphorically" Assignment - read through an excerpt by Sandra Cisneros; brainstorm answers to Q's in groups; complete on your own for HW

HW:

  1. Journal Assignment #1 - due next class
  2. Sandra Cisnero's "My Name" Q's - due next class
  3. On Writing Quiz #1 (pp. 17-50) - Tues, 9/1

Thurs/Fri, 8/27-8/28

  1. Discuss "My Name" excerpt Q's - did you remember to submit to GC?
  2. Assign "My Name" writing - review instructions
  3. Share Journal Assignment #1 in breakout groups - remember to submit to GC
  4. Journal Assignment #2 - intro
  5. Info for On Writing Quiz 

HW:

  1. On Writing Quiz #1 (pp. 17-50) - Tues/Wed, 9/1-9/2
  2. "My Name" assignment - due Tues/Wed, 9/1-9/2
  3. Journal Assignment #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/3-9/4

Mon, 8/31

  1. The Week in Review
  2. Diction Lesson #1
  3. DCE Intro: schedule & due dates; author choices & novels; written proposal

HW:

  1. On Writing Quiz #1 - next class
  2. "My Name" assignment - due next class
  3. Journal Assignment #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/3-9/4
  4. DCE Author & Novel Proposal - due Tues/Wed, 9/8-9/9

Tues/Wed, 9/1-9/2

  1. Share "My Name" assignment in breakout groups; make sure you've submitted to GC
  2. Copy/Change Assignment: The End of Summer - introduce; share sample; read passage choices
  3. On Writing Quiz #1

HW:

  1. Journal Assignment #2 - due next class
  2. DCE Author & Novel Proposal - due Tues/Wed, 9/8-9/9
  3. On Writing Quiz #2 (pp. 50-77) - Tues/Wed, 9/8-9/9
  4. Copy/Change: The End of Summer assignment - due Thurs/Fri,  9/10-9/11

Thurs/Fri, 9/3-9/4

  1. Share Journal Assignment #2 in breakout groups; be sure to submit to GC today
  2. Journal Assignment #3 - introduction; brainstorm ideas in breakout groups
  3. Writing About Anger - Steps #1-3 synchronous; Step #4 asynchronous

HW:

  1. DCE Author & Novel Proposal - due Tues/Wed, 9/8-9/9
  2. On Writing Quiz #2 (pp. 50-77) - Tues/Wed, 9/8-9/9
  3. Copy/Change: The End of Summer assignment - due Thurs/Fri, 9 /10-9/11
  4. Journal Assignment #3 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/10-9/11

Tues/Wed, 9/8-9/9

  1. DCE Author & Novel Proposal due today - remember to submit to Google Classroom
  2. Diction Lesson #2 - do the lesson and submit to Google Classroom TODAY
  3. Virginia Woolf: From A Writer's Diary - read the excerpts and answer Q's 1 & 2 (skip #3) - submit to GC TODAY
  4. On Writing Quiz #2; assign pp. 77-107

HW:

  1. Journal Assignment #3 - due next class
  2. Copy/Change: The End of Summer assignment - due next class
  3. Personal Journals (minimum of 9 entries) - due next class
  4. Virginia Woolf Q's - due TODAY
  5. Read 1st DCE novel

Thurs/Fri, 9/10-9/11

  1. Share Journal Assignment #3 in breakout groups; be sure to submit to GC TODAY
  2. Introduce Journal Assignment #4 - brainstorm ideas in breakout groups
  3. Share Copy/Change: The End of Summer assignment in groups - remember to submit to GC TODAY

HW:

  1. On Writing Quiz #2 (pp. 77-107) - Tues/Wed, 9/15-9/16
  2. Journal Assignment #4- due Thurs/Fri, 9/17-9/18

Mon, 9/14

  1. Diction Lesson #3 - submit to GC TODAY
  2. Personal Journals - assign 10 week writing (minimum 15 entries over 5 weeks)
  3. Pick up Persepolis THIS WEEK if you don't have it yet
  4. Joan Didion: "The Writer at Work" & "On Keeping a Notebook" - finish article & do Q's

HW:

  1. On Writing Quiz #3 - next class
  2. Journal Assignment #4 - due Thurs/Mon, 9/17 & 9/21 (no school Fri, 9/18 > Mon, 9/21 = even day)
  3. Joan Didion Q's - due Thurs/Mon, 9/17 & 9/21 (no school Fri, 9/18 > Mon, 9/21 = even day)
  4. Read 1st DCE novel
  5. Write in your personal journal

Tues/Wed, 9/15-9/16

  1. Memoir Writing Intro - read & discuss:  "Visible Men," "Memoir vs. Journal," "How to Write Your Own Memoir"
  2. Memoir Writing Lesson #1
  3. On Writing Quiz #3

HW:

  1. Journal Assignment #4- due next class
  2. Memoir Lesson #1 - due next class
  3. Joan Didion Q's - due next class
  4. Read your 1st DCE novel
  5. Write in your personal journal

Thurs/Mon, 9/17 & 9/21

  1. Share Journal Assignment #4 in groups - make sure to submit TODAY
  2. Joan Didion Q's - discuss - make sure to submit TODAY
  3. Memoir Writing Lesson #2
  4. "Writing in the First Person" - Frank McCourt

HW:

  1. Memoir #1 - due next Thurs/Fri, 9/24-9/25
  2. Read your 1st DCE novel
  3. Write in your personal journal

Mon, 9/21 (Even Day - Period 4)

  1. Share Journal Assignment #4 in groups - make sure to submit TODAY
  2. Joan Didion Q's - discuss - make sure to submit TODAY
  3. Memoir Writing Lesson #2
  4. "Writing in the First Person" - Frank McCourt

HW:

  1. Memoir #1 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/24-9/25
  2. Read your 1st DCE novel
  3. Write in your personal journal

Tues/Wed, 9/22-9/23

  1. Persepolis Intro: introduce book, assign group project; groups pick topic; 20 min to organize topic & slides
  2. "Anne Frank's Voice" - read & answer prompt in a paragraph
  3. Pick up Persepolis THIS WEEK if you don't have it yet

HW:

  1. Memoir #1 - due next class
  2. "Anne Frank's Voice" Response - due next class
  3. Persepolis Group Project - due Thurs/Fri, 10/1-10/2
  4. Read your 1st DCE novel
  5. Write in your personal journal

Thurs/Fri, 9/24-9/25

  1. Share Memoir #1 in groups - make sure to submit TODAY; assign Memoir #2
  2. "Anne Frank's Voice" - discuss - make sure to submit TODAY
  3. Writing About Sadness - read intro; write for 10 minutes; JamBoard group work; rewrite for HW
  4. Persepolis Project check-in - groups
  5. Tim Townsend: "The First Hours" memoir - assign

HW:

  1. Writing About Sadness - rewrite due next class
  2. Tim Townsend: "The First Hours" memoir Q's - due next class
  3. Persepolis Group Project - due Thurs/Fri, 10/1-10/2
  4. Read your 1st DCE novel
  5. Write in your personal journal

Tues/Wed, 9/29-9/30

  1. Writing About Sadness - remember to submit TODAY
  2. Tim Townsend "The First Hours" Q's - discuss & submit TODAY
  3. Persepolis group project check-in & practice time - presentations start next class

HW:

  1. Memoir #2 - due next class
  2. Persepolis Group Project Presentations - next class
  3. Read your 1st DCE novel - due Thurs/Fri, 10/8-10/9
  4. Write in your personal journal - due Thurs/Fri, 10/15-10/16

Thurs/Fri, 10/1-10/2

  1. Share Memoir #2 in groups - remember to submit TODAY; assign Reflections: "Why I Matter" reflective essay/memoir
  2. Persepolis Group Project Presentations
  3. Langston Hughes "Salvation" memoir - introduce

HW:

  1. Langston Hughes Q's - due Mon, 10/5
  2. Persepolis Group Project Presentations - continue next week
  3. Memoir #3: Reflections "Why I Matter" - due Thurs/Fri, 10/8-10/9
  4. Read your 1st DCE novel - due Thurs/Fri, 10/8-10/9
  5. Write in your personal journal - due Thurs/Fri, 10/15-10/16

Mon, 10/5

  1. Detail - Lesson #4
  2. Discuss Langston Hughe's "Salvation" Q's

HW:

  1. Persepolis Group Project Presentations - 3 more next class
  2. Memoir #3 (Reflections: Why I Matter) - due Thurs/Fri, 10/8-10/9
  3. Read your 1st DCE novel - due Thurs/Fri, 10/8-10/9
  4. Write in your personal journal - due Thurs/Fri, 10/15-10/16

Tues/Wed, 10/6-10/7

  1. Persepolis Group Project Presentations 
  2. Persepolis - assign Ch. 1-3 + questions

HW:

  1. Persepolis Group Project Presentations - 3 more next class
  2. Memoir #3 (Reflections: Why I Matter) - due next class
  3. Read your 1st DCE novel - due next class
  4. Write in your personal journal - due Thurs/Fri, 10/15-10/16

Thurs/Fri, 10/8-10/9

  1. Share Memoir #3 Reflections: Why I Matter - remember to submit TODAY
  2. Intro: 6 Word Memoir
  3. Persepolis Group Project Presentations
  4. DCE Novel #1 DUE - assign Character Analysis Pre-Writing worksheet

HW:

  1. Persepolis Ch. 1-3 reading & Q's - due Tues/Wed, 10/13-10/14
  2. DCE Character Analysis Pre-Writing worksheet - due Thurs/Fri, 10/15-10/16

Tues/Wed, 10/13-10/14

  1. Persepolis - discuss Ch. 1-3 questions; assign Ch. 4-6 reading + Q's
  2. Hemingway's "The End of Something" memoir - begin reading; finish reading for HW + answer memoir Q's
  3. Book Chat Intro - you will "chat" about your book in your groups AND you will make a Flipgrid video about your book

HW:

  1. Persepolis Ch. 4-6 reading + questions - due next class
  2. Six Word Memoir  - due next class
  3. DCE Character Analysis Pre-writing Q's + Book Chat (informal) -  next class
  4. Personal Journals - 10 week (minimum 15 entries) - due next class
  5. Book Chat Flipgrid Video - due Mon, 10/19
  6. Hemingway's "The End of Something" memoir - reading & Q's - due Mon, 10/19

Thurs/Fri, 10/8-10/9

  1. Persepolis - discuss Ch. 4-6 questions; assign Ch. 7-9 reading + Q's
  2. Six Word Memoir - share in groups; assign Graphic Memoir (2 week assignment - 2 or 3 per group)
  3. DCE Novel #1 Book Chat in groups  (Character Analysis Pre-Writing worksheet DUE TODAY)

HW:

  1. Book Chat Flipgrid Video - due Mon, 10/19
  2. Hemingway's "The End of Something" memoir - reading & Q's - due Mon, 10/19
  3. Persepolis Ch. 7-9 reading & Q's - due Tues/Wed, 10/20-10/21
  4. Graphic Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 10/29-10/30 (in 2 weeks)

Mon, 10/19

  1. Discuss Hemingway's "The End of Something" memoir - remember to submit TODAY
  2. Intro: Toi Derricotte's "From The Black Notebooks" memoir
  3. FlipGrid video - due TODAY

HW:

  1. Persepolis Ch. 7-9 reading + questions - due next class
  2. Toi Derricotte's "From The Black Notebooks" memoir - reading & Q's - due Mon, 10/26
  3. Graphic Memoir  - due Thurs/Fri, 10/29-10/30
  4. Read DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13
  5. Personal Journal 15 week - due Thurs/Fri, 11/19-11/20

Tues/Wed, 10/20-10/21

  1. Persepolis - discuss Ch. 7-9 questions; assign Ch. 10-12 reading + Q's
  2. The Great Shakeout - Earthquake Preparedness video
  3. Work w/partner or small group on graphic memoir (asyncrhonous)

HW:

  1. Persepolis Ch. 10-12 reading & Q's - due next class
  2. Toi Derricotte's "From The Black Notebooks" memoir - reading & Q's  - due Mon, 10/26
  3. Graphic Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 10/29-10/30
  4. Read DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13
  5. Personal Journal 15 week - due Thurs/Fri, 11/19-11/20 

Thurs/Fri, 10/22-10/23

  1. Persepolis - discuss Ch. 10-12 questions; assign Ch. 13-15 reading & Q's
  2. Persepolis - the film - watch the beginning
  3. Graphic Memoir - work w/your partner or small group (asynchronous)

HW:

  1. Toi Derricotte's "From The Black Notebooks" memoir - reading & Q's  - due Mon, 10/26
  2. Persepolis - Ch. 13-15 reading & Q's - due Tues/Wed, 10/27-10/28
  3. Graphic Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 10/29-10/30
  4. Read DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13
  5. Personal Journal 15 week - due Thurs/Fri, 11/19-11/20 

Mon, 10/26

  1. Discuss Toi Derricotte's "The Black Notebooks" memoir excerpt Q's - remember to submit TODAY
  2. Intro: Joyce Ward's "Girl Under Construction" memoir excerpt

HW:

  1. Persepolis Ch. 13-15 reading + questions - due next class
  2. Graphic Memoir  - due Thurs/Fri, 10/29-10/30
  3. Joyce Ward's "Girl Under Construction" memoir excerpt Q's - due Mon, 11/2
  4. Read DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13

Tues/Wed, 10/22-10/28

  1. Persepolis - discuss Ch. 13-15 questions; assign Ch. 16-18 reading + Q's
  2. RenStar reading test
  3. Work w/partner or small group on graphic memoir (asyncrhonous)

HW:

  1. Persepolis Ch. 16-18 reading & Q's - due next class
  2. Graphic Memoir - due next class
  3. Joyce Ward's "Girl Under Construction" memoir excerpt Q's - due Mon, 11/2
  4. Read DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13

Thurs/Fri, 10/29-10/30

  1. Persepolis - discuss Ch. 16-18 questions; assign Ch. 19 (end of book) reading & Q's
  2. Share Graphic Memoirs; assign poetry memoir

HW:

  1. Persepolis - Ch. 19 reading & Q's - due Mon, 11/2
  2. Joyce Ward's "Girl Under Construction" memoir excerpt Q's - due Mon, 11/2
  3. Poetry Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 11/5-11/6
  4. Read DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13

Mon, 11/2

  1. Persepolis - discuss Ch. 19 questions
  2. Discuss  Joyce Ward's "Girl Under Construction" memoir Q's

HW:

  1. Poetry Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 11/5-11/6
  2. Read DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13

Tues/Wed, 11/3-11/4

  1. Poetry Intro: "What Is Poetry?" packet + "Rules, Tools & Terms" 
  2. On Writing - assign pp. 111-137 - quiz in 2 weeks
  3. Symbolism Activity

HW:

  1. Poetry Memoirs - due next class
  2. "What Is Poetry" packet Q's - due Mon/Tues, 11/9-11/10 (Monday 11/9 is an even day to make up for no school Wednesday, 11/11)
  3. Read DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13
  4. On Writing - pp. 111-137 (Toolbox) Quiz - Tues/Wed, 11/17-11/18

Thurs/Fri, 11/5-11/6

  1. Share Poetry Memoirs; assign "I Used To... But Now I..." poem assignment
  2. DCE Character Essay Intro

HW:

  1. "What Is Poetry" packet Q's - due Mon/Tues, 11/9-11/10
  2. Poetry - "I Used To... But Now I..." poem - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13
  3. Read DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13
  4. On Writing - pp. 111-137 (Toolbox) Quiz - Tues/Wed, 11/17-11/18

Mon/Tues, 11/9-11/10

  1. Review "What Is Poetry?" packet
  2. Imagist Poetry & "This Is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams

HW:

  1. Before/After Poem - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13
  2. DCE Novel #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13
  3. DCE Character Essay Thesis Statement - due Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13
  4. On Writing - pp. 111-137 (Toolbox) Quiz - Tues/Wed, 11/17-11/18

Wed, 11/11 - Holiday (No class!)

Thurs/Fri, 11/12-11/13

  1. Share Before/After poems
  2. Read Fall/Thanksgiving poems; assign "Poem of Thanks" 
  3. DCE Character Essay Thesis Statement DUE; assign character analysis pre-writing worksheet #2 (for 2nd book)

HW:

  1. Character Analysis pre-writing worksheet (for book #2) - due Mon, 11/16
  2. On Writing - pp. 111-137 (Toolbox) Quiz - Tues/Wed, 11/17-11/18
  3. Poem of Thanks - due Thurs/Fri, 11/19-11/20
  4. DCE Character Analysis Essay Introduction Paragraph + 3 topic sentences (character arc) - due Thurs/Fri, 11/19-11/20  

IMPORTANT LINKS

Course Syllabus

Academic Honesty Agreement

Listening & Speaking Standards

No Fear Shakespeare MACBETH