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8th grade 9 24-12



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  • 1. The Rule of So what.notebook September 25, 2012 9/24/12 8th Grade Language Arts Agenda: Ass ig nme 1. Warm-up: Spelling Pre-test -Lit nts : Cir 2. The Rule of "So What" cle -Sp s (T elli H) 3. Memoir Writing ng -3r Tes d t (F) Rea d ing Log and Gre en she et ( F) 1
  • 2. The Rule of So what.notebook September 25, 2012 SO WHAT? I remember that when I was in fifth grade I got really sick.  My throat  was raw, and all my joints ached.  The family doctor said I had  rheumatic fever.   I had to stay in bed for six months.  I couldnt walk up and down  stairs or even go to the bathroom by myself. When my dad came home from work at night, hed carry me  downstairs so I could watch television and be with the rest of the family,  then carry me back upstairs at bedtime.  Otherwise it was a lonely,  boring time.  All I could do was read.  During the six months I had  rheumatic fever I practically ate books.  I made my poor mother go to  the library almost every day for new ones.   Finally the doctor said I could go back to school.  It was one of the  happiest days of my life, even though I couldnt run or play sports for a  long time.     ­Nancie A. 2
  • 3. The Rule of So what.notebook September 25, 2012 The Rule of So What? • Good writing in every genre answers the question SO WHAT? Good writing has purpose, a point, a reason it was written. • The good writer looks for and finds the meanings, the significances, the implications in the subject he or she has chosen. • Sometimes the SO WHAT? is subtle and implicit. Sometimes its explicitly stated. • Robert Frost wrote "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader." If you dont find the deep meaning in your life or your characters lives, your readers wont find meaning in their own. • A good writer often discovers the SO WHAT? through the thinking of the writing process. But even with hard thinking, some topics may not have a SO WHAT? These pieces can be abandoned or put on hold. 3
  • 4. The Rule of So what.notebook September 25, 2012 Every time you write... • an itch youre trying to scratch • something the topic that intrigues you 4
  • 5. The Rule of So what.notebook September 25, 2012 5
  • 6. The Rule of So what.notebook September 25, 2012 Observations and impressions of My Secret  Garden 6
  • 7. The Rule of So what.notebook September 25, 2012 "Is there a SO WHAT? Can you tell yet, as a  reader, why Im writing about this?" 7