Creative Writing

August 26th, 2014

This page will typically be updated every Monday, but please remember that things change throughout the week.


General Information for October 22-26

This week we will finish our unit on poetry. The independent reading packet is due Tuesday, and all of the writing work is due Friday. This is what we’ve done so far:

  • Free verse – three different rough drafts, one final draft (typed)
  • Rhyming – three different rough drafts, one final draft (typed)
  • Haiku – five different rough drafts, one final draft (typed)
  • Tanka – five different rough drafts, one final draft (typed)
  • Lyric poetry (song lyrics) – two different rough drafts, one final draft (typed)

Monday – October 22

CW – Found poetry

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry – du tomorrow!

Tuesday – October 23

CW – Discuss poetry books, The Great American Read, Found poetry

HW – All poetry writing due Friday

Wednesday – October 24

CW – Concrete poetry

HW – All poetry writing due Friday

Thursday – October 25

CW – Poetry submissions, website, work time

HW – All poetry writing due tomorrow

Friday – October 26

CW – Poetry submissions, website, work time

HW – None!


General Information for October 15-19

This week we will continue our unit on poetry. Students should have selected their own book of poetry to read and respond to outside of class. We will write a variety of types of poetry in class, going through the process of rough draft, editing/revising, and final draft.


Monday – October 15

CW – Haiku and Tanka

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry

Tuesday – October 16

CW – Haiku and Tanka

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry – due next Tuesday!

Wednesday – October 17

CW – Guest poets!

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry – due Tuesday!

HW – Optional – Haiku Slam with guest poet and Peter Brown Hoffmeister at Tsunami Books tonight!

Thursday – October 18

CW – Lyric poetry

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry – due Tuesday!

Friday – October 19

CW – Lyric poetry

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry – due Tuesday!


General Information for October 8-12

This week we will continue our unit on poetry. Students should have selected their own book of poetry to read and respond to outside of class. We will write a variety of types of poetry in class, going through the process of rough draft, editing/revising, and final draft.


Monday – October 8

CW – Rhyming poetry

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry

Tuesday – October 9

CW – Lyric poetry

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry

Wednesday – October 10

No class – special schedule for school-wide testing, etc.

Thursday – October 11

No school – teacher grading day and professional development 

Friday – October 12

No school – statewide inservice day


General Information for October 1-5

This week we will begin our unit on poetry. As with the fiction unit, students will select their own book of poetry to read and respond to outside of class. We will go to the Library to check out poetry books on Tuesday. We will write a variety of types of poetry in class, going through the process of rough draft, editing/revising, and final draft.

Students will also have time in class to work on their websites and submit their short stories for publication.

Don’t forget to send your awesomely bad first sentences from the Bulwer Lytton Contest to Mr. Cantwell this week. E-mail your sentence to him at this address: cantwell@4j.lane.edu.


Monday – October 1

CW – Poetry survey and warm up, websites and submissions 

HW – None!

Tuesday – October 2

CW – Library

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry

Wednesday – October 3

CW – Free verse – emotions, websites and submissions 

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry

HW – Short story submissions due Friday

Thursday – October 4

CW – Free verse – emotions, rhyming poetry

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry

Friday – October 5

CW – Rhyming poetry

HW – Independent reading & packet – poetry


General Information for September 24-28

This week students will finish reading their independent fiction books and writing their full length short stories. The following work is due at the end of class on Friday:

  • Reading packet
  • Final draft
  • Writing work – planning sheet, marked up rough draft, editing sheet
  • (Optional – Bulwer Lytton contest entry to Mr. C. – really bad first sentence of a really bad hypothetical novel) 

Each class will also be visited by a guest author on Tuesday! Peter Brown Hoffmeister will visit 2nd and 3rd periods; Wayne Harrison will visit 4th period. 


Monday – September 24

CW – Sentence fluency & dialogue, Writing task

HW – All fiction work – reading and writing – due Friday

Tuesday – September 25

CW – Guest author!

HW – All fiction work – reading and writing – due Friday

Wednesday – September 26

CW – Writing task, website

HW – All fiction work – reading and writing – due Friday

Thursday – September 27

CW – Writing task, website, submissions

HW – All fiction work – reading and writing – due tomorrow!

Friday – September 28

CW – Writing task, website, submissions

HW – Short story submissions due next Friday


General Information for September 17-21

This week students will begin writing their full length short story.

We have now completed the six daily fiction prompts, which will be checked off by Mr. Cantwell:

  • #1 – Setting – assigned scene based on photo of the woods
  • #2 – Setting – student choice of scene based on an image chosen from computer/phone
  • #3 – Conflict – written in 1st person (“I…”) – two characters in conflict
  • #4 – Conflict – based on above, written in 1stperson from the other character’s point of view
  • #5 – Decisions – character contemplates and makes a decision and experiences a consequence
  • #6 – Decisions – based on above, character makes the opposite decision, experiences a consequence

Monday – September 17

CW – Decisions, Brainstorm

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction

Tuesday – September 18

CW – Brainstorm, rough draft

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction

Wednesday – September 19

CW – Rough draft

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction

Thursday – September 20

CW – Rough draft, editing/revising

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction

Friday – September 21

CW – Rough draft, editing/revising

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction – due next Friday


General Information for September 10-14

This week we will continue writing fiction prompts, while also studying related excerpts from Mark Twain, Jeannette Walls, and George Saunders.


Monday – September 3

CW – Prompt #2 – Setting, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction

Tuesday – September 4

CW – Prompt #3 – Conflict 

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction

Wednesday – September 5

CW – Prompt #4 – Conflict, The Glass Castle

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction

Thursday – September 6

CW – Prompt #5 – Decisions

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction

Friday – September 7

CW – Prompt #6 – Decisions, “Victory Lap”

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction


General Information for September 3-7

Welcome!


Monday – September 3

No school

Tuesday – September 4

No school

Wednesday – September 5

CW – Survey, Feedback routine

HW – None!

Thursday – September 6

CW – Syllabus, Setting

HW – None!

Friday – September 7

CW – Library

HW – Independent reading & packet – fiction