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, 10/25

  1. Detail Lesson
  2. Complete your Persepolis questions for next class; I will grade your journals on Tues/Wed

HW:

  1. Persepolis - Ch. 16-19 - due Tues/Wed, 10/26-10/27
  2. Personal Journal - 15 entries (minimum) - due Tues/Wed, -10/26-10/27
  3. Persepolis Unit Test - Thurs/Fri, 10/28-10/29
  4. Memoir Poem - due Thurs/Fri, 10/28-10/29

Tues/Wed, 10/26-10/27

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. Discuss Persepolis Ch. 16-19
  3. Prep for Persepolis Unit Test - group activity (I will grade your journals during this activity)
  4. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Persepolis Unit Test - next class
  2. Memoir Poem - due next class

Thurs/Fri, 10/21-10/22

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. Persepolis Unit Test
  3. Share Memoir Poems in groups
  4. Halloween activities
  5. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. NO HOMEWORK!

 

PAST AGENDAS & HOMEWORK

Wed, 8/18

  1. Welcome/Introduction
  2. One-pagers & Name cards

HW:

  1. One-pager - due Fri, 8/20

Thurs, 8/19

  1. Syllabus, Academic Honesty, Speaking & Listening Standards, Website
  2. One-pager - classtime to finish

HW:

  1. One-pager - due next class
  2. Signatures - due Mon, 8/30

Fri, 8/20

  1. Share & post one-pagers
  2. Introduction to Unit 1: Journaling - watch video & read articles; do Q's w/a partner
  3. Introduce Personal Journal - pass out "Keep a Daily Journal"

HW:

  1. Get a personal journal (optional) or grab a free one in class - due next class
  2. Signatures - due next class
  3. Journaling Q's - due next class

Mon, 8/23

  1. Journal - What is your obsession? (10 min)
  2. Discuss Journaling Q's
  3. Journal Assignment #1 - pair/share, assignment expectations

HW:

  1. Journal Assignment #1 - due Thurs/Fri, 8/26-8/27

Tues/Wed, 8/24-8/25

  1. Journal
  2. Stephen King On Writing Introduction - slideshare & video; assign pp. 17-50
  3. Introduce My Name Assignment - Sandra Cisneros - read & do Q's; assign My Name writing
  4. Student Support

HW:

  1. Journal Assignment #1 - due next class
  2. On Writing - read pp. 17-50 - quiz Mon, 8/30
  3. My Name Assignment - due Tues/Wed, 8/31-9/1

Thurs/Fri, 8/26-8/27

  1. Journal - write about something you fear
  2. Share Journal Assignment #1 in groups; make sure your work is submitted to Google Classroom TODAY
  3. Assign Journal Assignment #2 - pair/share
  4. DCE Introduction - overview; choosing an author and novels; write a proposal
  5. Student Support

HW:

  1. My Name Assignment - due Tues/Wed, 8/31-9/1
  2. On Writing - read pp. 17-50 - quiz Mon, 8/30 (next class!)
  3. Journal Assignment #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/2-9/3
  4. Research authors & novel choices; write a proposal - due Thurs/Fri, 9/2-9/3

Mon, 8/30

  1. On Writing Quiz #1 
  2. Assign On Writing pp. 50-77
  3. Diction Lesson #1

HW:

  1. "My Name" assignment - due next class
  2. Journal Assignment #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/2-9/3
  3. DCE Author & Novel Proposal - due Thurs/Fri, 9/2-9/3

Tues/Wed, 8/31-9/1

  1. Journal - open topic (your choice)
  2. Share "My Name" assignment in writing groups - give feedback
  3. Introduce Copy/Change assignment
  4. SSR & Student Support

HW:

  1. Journal Assignment #2 - due next class
  2. DCE Author & Novel Proposal - due next class
  3. On Writing pp. 50-77 - quiz Wed, 9/8
  4. Copy/Change assignment - due Tues/Wed, 9/14-9/15

Thurs/Fri, 9/2-9/3

  1. Journal - write about your favorite song/song lyrics and why you love it
  2. Share Journal Assignment #2 in groups; make sure your work is submitted to Google Classroom TODAY
  3. Assign Journal Assignment #3 - pair/share
  4. DCE Author/Novel Proposal due TODAY - get your 1st book
  5. Journalist Study: Anne Frank - read & do Q's in groups; discuss; submit TODAY
  6. SSR & Student Support

HW:

  1. On Writing - pp. 50-77 Quiz #2 - next class (Wed, 9/8)
  2. 1st DCE Novel - in class check off for points - due next class (Wed, 9/8)
  3. Journal Assignment #3 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/9-9/10
  4. Copy/Change assignment - due Tues/Wed, 9/14-9/15

Wed, 9/8

  1. On Writing Quiz #2 (pp. 50-77) 
  2. Assign On Writing pp. 77-107 
  3. Diction Lesson #2
  4. Check off DCE Novel #1 (points for having book in class)

HW:

  1. Journal Assignment #3 - due next class
  2. Copy/Change: End of Summer Assignment - due Mon, 9/13 & Wed, 9/15
  3. On Writing Quiz #3 - Tues, 9/14 & Fri, 9/17

Thurs/Fri, 9/9-9/10

  1. Journal - Who would play you in a movie about your life?
  2. Share Journal Assignment #3; assign Journal Assignment #4 - pair/share
  3. STAR Renaissance Test 
  4. Virginia Wolff - read & do Q's
  5. SSR & Student Support

HW:

  1. Copy/Change: End of Summer Assignment - due next class (Mon, 9/13  Wed, 9/15)
  2. On Writing Quiz #3 - Tues, 9/14 & Fri, 9/17
  3. Journal Assignment #4 - due Tues, 9/14 & Fri, 9/17

Mon/Wed, 9/13-9/15

  1. Journals - free topic
  2. Discuss Virginia Wolff Q's; introduce Joan Didion - read & do Q's; discuss
  3. Share Copy/Change: End of Summer assignment in writing groups
  4. Memoir Intro - read introduction handouts; do Lesson #1

HW:

  1. On Writing Quiz #3 (pp. 77-107) - next class
  2. Journal Assignment #4 - due next class
  3. Memoir Lesson #1 - due next class

Tues/Fri, 9/14-9/17

  1. Journals - free topic
  2. On Writing Quiz #3
  3. Share Journal Assignment #4 in writing groups
  4. Memoir - do Lesson #2; assign Memoir #1
  5. SSR & Student Support

HW:

  1. Personal Journals - 12-15 entries - due Mon, 9/20
  2. On Writing Quiz #4 - Tues/Wed, 9/21-9/22
  3. Memoir #1 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/23-9/24

Mon, 9/20

  1. Jounals - collect and grade personal journals
  2. Diction Lesson #3
  3. Read Frank McCourt's "Writing In the First Person" - use Notes #1-7 to help you write your own memoir

HW:

  1. On Writing Quiz #4 (pp. 111-137) - next class
  2. Memoir Lesson #1 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/23-9/24

Tues/Wed, 9/21-9/22

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. On Writing Quiz #4
  3. Read Tim Townsend's "The First Hours" memoir
  4. Persepolis Introduction: overview, assign group project; pick topic & divide up work w/group
  5. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Memoir #1 - due next class
  2. Tim Townsend Q's - due Tues/Wed, 9/28-9/29
  3. Persepolis Project - work on your part

Thurs/Fri, 9/23-9/24

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. Share Memoir #1 in writing groups
  3. Persepolis Group Project work time
  4. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Persepolis Project - work on your part - presentations begin Tues/Wed, 9/28-9/29
  2. Tim Townsend Q's - due Tues/Wed, 9/28-9/29

Mon, 9/27

  1. Persepolis Group Work - coordinate your slides & practice your presentation

HW:

  1. Tim Townsend's "The First Hours" Q's - due next class
  2. Presentations - begin next class
  3. Memoir Assignment #2 - due Thurs/Fri, 9/30-10/1

Tues/Wed, 9/28-9/29

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. Discuss Tim Townsend's "The First Hours" Q's; assign Langston Hughes memoir & Q's
  3. Presentations 
  4. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Memoir #2 - due next class
  2. Presentations - finish next class
  3. Bring Student ID's for Persepolis
  4. Langston Hughes Memoir - reading & Q's - due Tues/Wed, 10/5-10/6

Thurs/Fri, 9/30-10/1

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. Get Persepolis at the Media Center
  3. Share Memoir #2 in writing groups; introduce & assign 6-Word Memoir
  4. Presentations
  5. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Bring Persepolis - next class
  2. Langston Hughes Memoir - reading & Q's - due Tues/Wed, 10/5-10/6

Mon, 10/4

  1. Persepolis - read Ch. 1-3; work on questions in class

HW:

  1. Langston Hughe's "Salvation" Q's - due next class
  2. Persepolis Q's Ch. 1-3 - due next class
  3. 6-Word Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 10/7-10/8

Tues/Wed, 10/5-10/6

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. Discuss Langston Hughe's "Salvation" memoir Q's
  3. Discuss Persepolis Ch. 1-3 Q's; read Ch. 4-6 in class & work on Q's
  4. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. 6-Word Memoir - due next class
  2. Persepolis Ch. 4-6 Q's - due Mon, 10/11

Thurs/Fri, 10/7-10/8

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. Assign DCE Novel #1 Character Analysis Worksheet
  3. Share 6-Word Memoir in writing groups;
  4. Introduce Graphic Memoir
  5. Group work time - Graphic Memoir
  6. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Persepolis Ch. 4-6 Q's - due Mon, 10/11
  2. DCE Novel #1 Character Analysis Worksheet - due Thurs/Fri, 10/14-10/15
  3. Graphic Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 10/21-10/22

Mon, 10/11

  1. Persepolis - discuss Ch. 4-6; read Ch. 7-9
  2. Joyce Ward Memoir - read & do Q's

HW:

  1. Joyce Ward memoir reading & Q's - due next class
  2. Persepolis - Ch. 7-9 - due Thurs/Fri, 10/14-10/15
  3. DCE Novel #1 Character Analysis worksheet - due Thurs/Fri, 10/14-10/15
  4. Graphic Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 10/21-10/22

Tues/Wed, 10/12-10/13

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. Discuss Joyce Ward memoir Q's
  3. Work on Graphic Memoir w/your partner or small group
  4. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Persepolis - Ch. 7-9 reading & Q's - due next class
  2. DCE Novel #1 Character Analysis worksheet - due next class

Thurs/Fri, 10/14-10/15

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. DCE Novel #1 Character Analysis worksheet DUE; introduce and assign Book Chat
  3. Discuss Persepolis Ch. 7-9 Q's; assign Ch. 10-12
  4. Graphic Memoir - work time w/your partner or small group
  5. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Persepolis Ch. 10-12 reading & Q's - due Tues/Wed, 10/19-10/20
  2. DCE Novel #1 Book Chat - due Thurs/Fri, 10/21-10/22
  3. Graphic Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 10/21-10/22

Mon, 10/18

  1. Graphic Memoir partner/small group time

HW:

  1. Persepolis - Ch. 10-12 - due Tues/Wed, 10/19-10/20
  2. DCE Novel #1 Book Chat - due Thurs/Fri, 10/21-10/22
  3. Graphic Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 10/21-10/22
  4. Personal Journal - 15 entries (minimum) - due Mon, 10/25

Tues/Wed, 10/19-10/20

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. Discuss Persepolis Ch. 10-12; assign Ch. 13-15
  3. Work on Graphic Memoir w/your partner or small group
  4. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Persepolis - Ch. 13-15 reading & Q's - due next class
  2. DCE Novel #1 Book Chat - due next class
  3. Graphic Memoir - due next class
  4. Personal Journal - 15 entries (minimum) - due Mon, 10/25

Thurs/Fri, 10/21-10/22

  1. Journals - open topic
  2. DCE Novel #1 Book Chat Activity
  3. Graphic Memoir Museum Tour; introduce & assign Poem Memoir
  4. Discuss Persepolis Ch. 13-15 Q's; assign Ch. 16-19
  5. SSR/Student Support

HW:

  1. Personal Journal - 15 entries (minimum) - due Mon, 10/25
  2. Persepolis - Ch. 16-19 reading & Q's - due Tues/Wed, 10/26-10/27
  3. Persepolis Unit Test - Thurs/Fri, 10/28-10/29
  4. Poem Memoir - due Thurs/Fri, 10/28-10/29

IMPORTANT LINKS

English IV CW Course Syllabus 2021-2022

Academic Honesty Agreement

Listening & Speaking Standards

No Fear Shakespeare MACBETH