NOVEMBER 16, 2020
If you live in Pasadena or go to school in Pasadena,
enter our short story /poem contest for a chance to
Congrats on completing 18% of our shared word
count goals for our classroom!
as of last
Shoutouts to high achievers this week!
25% or more toward goal: Thomas and
35% or more toward goal: Avishi, Meira,
Layla, Lexi and Willow!
The student with the highest word count in
our class right now is Willow, who has 4,367
words written toward her 10,000 word
Avishi, Layla, Lexi, Delight, Meira, Sedonah
and Willow all wrote at least three days this
Just so you know, you DON’T
have to write your novel in
NaNoWriMo.org for me to
give you credit. You do have
to set up a “novel” and set a
goal, and just record the
number of words you’ve
written. Try to update it every
day so that you get credit for
every day you wrote.
Use the Total Word Count
box to update your total
If Elijah writes 300 words
today, his total word count
447 + 300 = 747
So he would erase “447”
and write “747” and it will
update the graph.
For those of you who are
writing your novels on the
website, your word count
updates automatically each
time you write.
Writing on NaNoWriMo.org
also gives me a chance to
read your writing, and give
you compliments and
Let’s talk about the importance of
BACKING UP YOUR WORK.
Write a short dialogue between two brothers who can’t
agree on what to buy for their mother for the holidays. Make
sure we can learn:
a.) That they are brothers
b.) Whom they are shopping for (their mother)
c.) That they have completely different interests and
different ideas about what to get
d.) Something about each of their characters, like what they
e.) Something about their mother, whom we have not met
The salesperson turned out to be an evil villain who has
kidnapped their mother and is holding her for ransom in
a basement within the mall! Write a dialogue in which
the villain calls one of the brothers on the phone and
asks for a ransom. (Don’t give us any of the villain’s
words. Let us listen to this conversation as if we are the
For the next two weeks:
Try to write EVERY DAY. If you are having trouble finding
the time or the energy, here are some suggestions:
• Set your alarm an hour earlier, and write first thing in
the morning before you start school.
• Write during your lunch break.
• Don’t watch TV or play video games until you have
written at least 300 words.
• Set yourself a goal and then reward yourself with
something you love, like candy.