Friday, April 28, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Today in class was a productive day.
ELA 4 was introduced to what we did yesterday in class, which is on my blog page yesterday.
Then all classes today went over the narrative writing checklist and created 1-3 specific goals that they needed to work on in their story. They were given feedback forms and a protocol paper to follow for the critique process.

Then they sat in groups of three. Told their partners what their goals were and read no more than two pages to their peers. Their peers were to use the critique form to give tips or suggestions to them to improve their story. Then they rotated around until all had read their story aloud and were given feedback.

Next, they began the work on the forms to improve their story. They were to do this by doing what was given in class yesterday and to what their peers gave them for feedback. This work was to continue over the weekend.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Revise your story using the goals you created.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Classwork and Homework

What a wonderful day,
Today's field trip to in town Portland in my eyes was great. I had a wonderful group of students.

During periods 1 & 6 today in class we looked briefly at our partner's story. If you were in periods 2 & 4, you should start doing the list below to get a head start in class tomorrow.
Then we worked on our own stories. You were to do the following:

- Add transition words into your story, either from the list on page 41 or from your knowledge base of transition words. Be sure the ones you add today/tonight are in blue.

-Be sure you have at least two scenes with dialogue in them. The dialogue should make the scene come alive. Be sure they are in green.

-Look at your story and indent parts that should be separate paragraphs: change in time, change in setting, someone new speaking, new even happening, or new character(s) is introduced.

-Be sure you have at least two 3-D scenes in your story. Be sure they are in purple.

- Now replace  your old lead with your new lead. DO NOT DELETE THE LEADS PAGE.

- Delete all your 2-D scenes and keep the 3-D scenes

-Be sure you have red text for the real parts of your story.

PHEW... that was a lot, but if you have been keeping up, the above list should be easy.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class we talked about "meaningful dialogue." We looked and discussed how dialogue in a flat scene is not clear, and then looked and discussed how dialogue in a dynamic scene adds to the story to enhance it. Here is the sheet we used for this:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZS1Y7kEZ255iupwSRR_lcukiKTJoWSU3-A1iC_SH13A/edit

I also showed you a clip from Harry Potter that shows the important elements of a scene from the paper above:


Then you went back to your desks and added "meaningful dialogue" to your story. You were to use green text to show that you have made changes to your story.

Have fun with this!!!!

HOMEWORK AND CLASSWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and pages.

2. Add dialogue into your story and use green text.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we continued the work on leads. You shared with your partner what kind of lead your first one was and briefly told them about it. Then you went back to your desks and started writing your second lead identifying if it is action, descriptive, introducing the narrater, internal thoughts, or dialogue. It may be a combination of any of the above.

Then, if you had time, you were to begin typing your leads into a separate page at the bottom of your fictional story.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Type both completed leads into your fictional story on Google Classroom.

Have a good evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, April 24, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
We are back from a long needed vacation. But, we started right in today.
First I handed back your companion book checklist grades.  You taped it in your reading notebook on page 56-Companion Book Checklist.

Next you came to the middle and we talked about leads. Here are the examples I used in class:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sRMOxEMA_yV27vJWZcNhbUo9l7oqVM4v8KJbgTLntEA/edit


6th grade lead examples

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LJ7IfwMuryYfGKO96A9M0yKPkHhMTvJ9Sg7ToNaybDs/edit

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1My30Ek8UQDvTWwgk0EdIAyid0kk1RCuOCeMafE1r_eA/edit

Then you went back to your seat to reread your fictional story. Then in your writing notebook on page 42-Leads, you created one lead using one or more of the types of leads, ex. action, description, etc. Be sure you include in your lead the introduction of the character, setting and conflict.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record pages, minutes and title.

2. Finish your first lead in your notebook.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
It is VACATION time... Yipppeeee.....
Today in class we sat with our partners and reread their story. We wrote down suggestions from either last nights reading of the story or todays. Then with your partner you discussed these suggestions, mostly about character development-make the character real and believable, and about making scenes in your story become 3D. You can 3D a scene by using your five senses. I say "SHOW ME" do not tell me.

Next, you read for the remainder of the period. What a nice treat.

HOMEWORK:
1. You MUST read and record for at LEAST FIVE nights over vacation. Please remember to put title, page numbers, and minutes.


2. Work on your story to recreate more 3D scenes and add transitions to your story. The list is on yesterday's blog if you do not have it.

Have a fun, relaxing, enjoyable vacation,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today was a great day in class. I saw some of you have an "aha" moment. We started out with randomly selected students showing their 3D paragraphs to the class. We gave feedback to each about was it really 3D. Could we see it? We talked about 3D using your five senses to "show me" not tell me. Students gave some excellent suggestions to each other.

Tonight you were to go and read your partner's italic section and then read the purple text they had rewritten about the italics. Then you are to write down suggestions for your partner. Tomorrow you will start class out sharing these very suggestions with your partner.

Then you will be given free reading time. This means you are to come to class with a free reading book that matches the kind of fictional story you are writing. For instance, you are writing a science-fiction story, therefore, you should be reading a science-fiction book. This will help you to see the style of writing that authors do.

Lastly, I handed out a list of transition words that you could be looking at and use to improve your writing. Here is the link to view this paper. Copy and paste it into your browser.
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/14FjIlEA66AK3a9-GJWSTdZ6MDpZl08cYGyyOhCbC5jI/edit?usp=sharing


HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages, and minutes.

2. Read your partner's 3D section and write comments down to help your partner improve their story.

3. Work on adding transitions to your story. 

4. Work on another scene in your story to make 3D.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Classwork and Homework

What a gorgeous day,
Today in class we talked about how to make a scene in your story come from 2D to 3D, and how to add tension to this scene. Here are the examples I used in class. Click on the link to view.

Some students were not even done writing their draft that was due last week. So, they had to start there first.
Be sure your entire completed essay is in Times New Roman font size 14. 

Next, you are are to pick a scene in your story you want to improve. Then highlight that scene and put it in italics. Right under that scene in purple text, you are to write your new scene making sure it is 3D and has added tension.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Complete your scene that your are improving with 3D and tension.

Enjoy this beautiful weather,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, April 10, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi Allagash students,
Today in class we talked about how your stories follow the plot line. We watch a video that is below:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reRcVxAWT1g

This is a video called "Snack Attack" and it shows an entire plot line without words.
We talked about the lead and that it includes the hook, the setting, introduction of characters and introduction of the conflict.  Then we talked about the setting and how it needs to be clear about time of year, day, etc, with specific information about the location and the environment surrounding it. Next, we talked about the characters and their internal and external traits/descriptions. Then we talked about the plot parts, the introduction, rising actions, the climax where the character faces the problem and has an "aha" moment. They make a decision about the conflict. Then the falling action of what does the character do next. Lastly, the ending, how is the story resolved.

We also switched our peer editing sheets for each to look at and revise their story.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Edit and revise your story looking at the parts we discussed today.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
As you all know, only saw periods 1, 2, and 3 on Thursday and periods 4,5, and 6 on Friday. We looked at our partner's story and filled out a peer assessment sheet for them. This is due on Monday in class. I strongly suggested that you get it done ASAP.
Click on this link to see the paper we used.

Be sure to print it out and use it for your writing partner's story. 
After you receive this back from your writing partner, you will use it to improve your story.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Today in class we partner shared about who is our protagonist is in our story? What is your protagonist's personality, traits, motivation throughout the story, what decisions do they make, what are their inner thoughts, what decisions do they make, what are their wants, their challenges, how do they change over the course of the story? Then you were to look at where does your story take place?

After partner sharing, you were to go back to your story on Google Classroom and develop your character to be more realistic and believable.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes in your assignment notebook.

2. Work on developing your characters, both protagonist and antagonist in your story.

3. Put in red text in your story the motivation of your protagonist and the reality of your story.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, April 3, 2017

Classwork and Homework

I love the sunshine!
Today in class we talked about character development. We talked about it from the story, "What Are You Anyways?" We looked at the protagonist, Carol. The story is on one of my former blog pages.
Next you were to look at your protagonist and either the whole scene of your story or a small moment in your story. Then you were to in your writing notebook jot info. about your protagonist.
Use this to guide you:
Character Development
Here are some ideas to consider:
Brainstorm a great small moment with places, events, issues, and struggles.
Make your character come alive; Generate traits, reveal wants and challenges, consider character's attitude toward self and others, explore relationships with others, describe movements, facial expressions, style, quirks, physical traits, motivations, inner thoughts, changes over time, dialogue, decisions made, feelings felt and etc.
SHOW ME, DO NOT TELL ME.

Tomorrow we will begin to put what you have jotted down into your story. I also put this on your Google Classroom for your reference.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs