LITERARY ARTS
Writing Territories
Writing Territories
What are your earliest memories?
Writing Territories
What are your earliest memories?
What have you seen that you can’t
forget?
Writing Territories
What are your earliest memories?
What have you seen that you can’t
forget?
What do you have strong opi...
Writing Territories
What are your earliest memories?
What have you seen that you can’t
forget?
What do you have strong opi...
What do you know about?
What do you know about?

What would you like to know more
about?
What do you know about?

What would you like to know more
about?

What are your likes and dislikes?
Journal
 9.14.09: What are your earliest memories?

       Write about one in detail

 9.15.09: Write for 10 minutes:

   ...
9.23.09 First line: “What did you do?
“I opened a window.” Continue


9.24.09 Violence and Revenge: Write!


9.25-9.27.09:...
10.07.09:Think about what you write OUTSIDE of school:


     what made an out of school piece succeed? What strategies us...
10.21.09: Choose an emotion you have had and write about an

experience in which this emotion is prominent


10.22.09: You...
10.27.09 Write about your personal “voice”--physcially, personality,
and writing--what is your writing voice and how does ...
11.03.09: VANTAGE POINT


     what is your vantage point in/about high school (high school
     student voice)


11.04.09...
WRITER’S NOTEBOOK
Writer’s Notebook:

9.12.09: A list of ways to keep a broken door from swinging open and
shut


9.14.09:


       write th...
Writer’s                  Notebook
  9.21.09: In your mind, go through your closet (or the heap of things on
  your floor)a...
Make a list of:

     Things on which I am an expert

     Signs of Fall

     Things I have lost

     What to take on th...
Choose a list and write a single line about each item on that list: write a
poem


           Turn in a final of either the...
Abstraction:


     names of ideas or concepts which cannot in themselves be
     experienced directly through the senses:...
Common Figures of Speech
Metonymy: one thing is represented by another thing associated with
it;

      “the White House r...
10.21.09 Image Poem (final piece)


     first line: an abstraction + verb + place


     Second line: attire


     Third: ...
VOICE
Brainstorm a list of character “voices”
Choose a character voice and write a
monologue:
       I don’t normally dres...
Monologue Revision 1:


     Brainstorm: background information, personal history, life in the
     present, physical desc...
Final Piece: write a unified piece which
includes:

   description of character using
   imagery

   the character’s desire...
Point of View
1st Person (“I”)
   memoir, personal essay, lyric poetry,central
   narrator in fiction
   immediacy, engages...
3rd Person (“he,” “she”)

   greatest range of effects

   omniscient: narrator knows everything

   limited omniscient: f...
ASSIGNMENT:


   11.05.09:Start three pieces in each a different point of view: 1st
   person, 2nd, and any one of 3rd per...
Portfolio
Cover Letter
Journals
Writer’s Notebook
Assignments
THREE weighted pieces
Log Books for three pieces
Other: OTOH...
LITERARY ARTS
   QUARTER 2
Journals
11.16.09: Start something you’ve always wanted to write but never have started
11.18.09: There are 20,000 individ...
12.02.09: We are multifaceted and diverse. Listen to your “parts.” Write
a dialogue between your mind, eyes, ears, hands, ...
12.10.09: Journal


Setting is not merely scenery; it is part of the significance: heritage,
culture,identity . . . “Home f...
12.15.09: Think about the concept of “story.” We often say,”Everyone
has a story.” Stories are passed on from generation t...
12.18.09:new journal is in Writer’s
Notebook

1.04.10: So, it’s a new year . . .

1.05.10: Write about someday.

1.07.10:W...
Writer’s Notebook
11.17.09: Imagine a place where there is a small,or underlying, tension.
Write about it. Just write.

11...
11.19.09: make sure you fill out a conference sheet about someone’s
tension piece


11.20.09: Stay in the setting of your t...
11.20.09: Assignment 2: understanding what is causing the tension,write:


     100-200 words in paragraph form


     Beg...
11.23.09: Share your tension piece.

   First Responder-- answer these questions:
   (on paper)

       Why does the speak...
Narrative Poem
Using your tension pieces,select one detail or moment and write a narrative
poem:

     Begin the poem with...
12.02.09: Workshop narrative poem first draft:


     What is the poem about?


     Who is the speaker?


     How is the ...
12.04.09: Revision of Narrative Poem

   Circle verbs.

   Check for /change to active, specific, vivid
   verbs (try onoma...
12.09.09 Using sharply focused images, write a poem, paragraph or . . .
incorporating one setting that suggests one of the...
Know your setting: experience it mentally and recreate it
                   with significant detail.
  What sort of place ...
12.11.09: Using a camera:

   Pick a typical scene from your life:

      describe it with three camera shots:
      a lon...
12.14.09: Create a plot graph of your fairy tale using
the inverted check mark: See Cinderella example.

    exposition

 ...
12.16.09: Authorial Interpretation

   Write at least a paragraph or two
   about each character:

      four qualities ea...
Revise your fairy tale and insert some of
the details from 12.16.09 character
paragraphs

Write a dialogue between your
pr...
Assignments for 12.18.09: If you get done with journal/assignment,
work on your blog.


     Journal:


          Prewrite...
Object/Metaphor Poem
1.05.10: Writer’s Notebook
  Make a list of objects important to
  you/Share with the class
  Choose ...
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    1. 1. LITERARY ARTS
    2. 2. Writing Territories
    3. 3. Writing Territories What are your earliest memories?
    4. 4. Writing Territories What are your earliest memories? What have you seen that you can’t forget?
    5. 5. Writing Territories What are your earliest memories? What have you seen that you can’t forget? What do you have strong opinions about?
    6. 6. Writing Territories What are your earliest memories? What have you seen that you can’t forget? What do you have strong opinions about? What problems need solving in your life? in the world you live in?
    7. 7. What do you know about?
    8. 8. What do you know about? What would you like to know more about?
    9. 9. What do you know about? What would you like to know more about? What are your likes and dislikes?
    10. 10. Journal 9.14.09: What are your earliest memories? Write about one in detail 9.15.09: Write for 10 minutes: I remember . . . I don’t remember . . . 9.16.09: Literary History 9.17.09: I wonder . . . 9.18.09: Your writing goals for this class and for yourself personally 9.22.09: Titles of things I will never write
    11. 11. 9.23.09 First line: “What did you do? “I opened a window.” Continue 9.24.09 Violence and Revenge: Write! 9.25-9.27.09: Write responses to everything on the trip. 9.29.09: I f you could have any object or place in the world completely to yourself for one day, what would you choose and why? 9.30.09:If you were completely blind but could somehow see for just one hour each month, how would you spend that time? (Think month by month) 10.01.09: What “moment of glory” have you watched another person celebrate that you too would love to experience if you could?
    12. 12. 10.07.09:Think about what you write OUTSIDE of school: what made an out of school piece succeed? What strategies used for that could be used in school? 10.08.09: Talk about bridges 10.09.09: If your life were literally flashing before your eyes, what are three moments or scenes from your past that would stand out? Describe those three scenes. 10.19.09: Respond to these first three lines of a poem by A.E. Stallings Why should the Devil get all the good tunes The booze and the neon and Saturday night, the swaying in darkness, the lovers like spoons?
    13. 13. 10.21.09: Choose an emotion you have had and write about an experience in which this emotion is prominent 10.22.09: Your life in SIX words Daughter. Mother. Grandma. Who I am. 10.23.09: Describe a familiar place using sense(s) other than sight. 10.26.09: Start with these words: It was a dark morning, no stars left over from the night. The fog hung dense and close ...
    14. 14. 10.27.09 Write about your personal “voice”--physcially, personality, and writing--what is your writing voice and how does it compare to your life voice? 10.28.09 “We yearn. We are the yearning creatures of this planet . . . Yearning is always part of fictional character.” What do you yearn for? Write about your yearnings. 11.02.09: Think about the past and write using a conditional voice (could have been, might have, would have ...). If you have trouble getting started, begin with “I imagine . . .” or “My great-grandmother would have . . .”
    15. 15. 11.03.09: VANTAGE POINT what is your vantage point in/about high school (high school student voice) 11.04.09: write about a hectic day/life (consider sentence structure,style, word choice etc.) 11.05.09: write about something that happened to you, but using the 1st person point of view (“I”) of someone else who was there 11.10.09: If you had one “do-over,” what would you do over and why? Use details!
    16. 16. WRITER’S NOTEBOOK
    17. 17. Writer’s Notebook: 9.12.09: A list of ways to keep a broken door from swinging open and shut 9.14.09: write three beginnings using the idea of a door somehow: an essay, poem, and story Choose one and write a final piece
    18. 18. Writer’s Notebook 9.21.09: In your mind, go through your closet (or the heap of things on your floor)and list everything there. Choose three things that are very difficult for you to throw out. Make a list of at least 5 reasons each is difficult to throw out OR 5 creative uses for each Freewrite about one of the above...let it take its own course Turn this into a final piece using a thing(s)and exploring an emotional/ psychological aspect of holding on...letting go...organization...disorganization...etc. First draft due Tues. 9.29.09
    19. 19. Make a list of: Things on which I am an expert Signs of Fall Things I have lost What to take on the journey Things I have forgotten Choose one list and write a paragraph. . . Respond to each piece: two parts you really like what ONE place could use more information or detail what are the strong points? (or potential for) Write them down: character, dialogue, plot (events), conflict
    20. 20. Choose a list and write a single line about each item on that list: write a poem Turn in a final of either the prose piece (paragraph starter) or the poem (or both) based on one of your lists Turn in What to Take on the Journey Poem
    21. 21. Abstraction: names of ideas or concepts which cannot in themselves be experienced directly through the senses: love, anger Generalization: can be vaguely visualized because they include too many of a given group (something, creatures . . .) Judgments: tell us what to think about something instead of showing it: beautiful, suspiciously
    22. 22. Common Figures of Speech Metonymy: one thing is represented by another thing associated with it; “the White House reported...” Synecdoche: a part stands for a whole “all hands on deck” Personification: nonhuman with human characteristics “the breathing city” Metaphor: a comparison of unlike things equating them “she is a rose” Simile: a comparison of unlike things using “like” or “as” “she is like a rose” Hyperbole: extreme exaggeration “she cried oceans of tears”
    23. 23. 10.21.09 Image Poem (final piece) first line: an abstraction + verb + place Second line: attire Third: summarizes an action 10.22.09: Emotion Image (Final Piece) using your journal about an emotion, write a final piece in which the emotion is evoked through the use of concrete images and figures of speech: any form--poem, essay, short fiction
    24. 24. VOICE Brainstorm a list of character “voices” Choose a character voice and write a monologue: I don’t normally dress this way, but I had a dream last night I’ll tell you what doesn’t make any sense I’m sorry, I didn’t see you What I need is some kind of work that I remember when you could
    25. 25. Monologue Revision 1: Brainstorm: background information, personal history, life in the present, physical description create an image of this character as the prelude to the monologue 10.28.09: Writer’s Notebook Write about the woman’s desires in the picture by John Grant Write about the man’s desires in the Los Angeles Times photo REVISE monologue including the character’s desires This needs to be workshopped using response sheet
    26. 26. Final Piece: write a unified piece which includes: description of character using imagery the character’s desires: show, don’t tell the monologue (1st person)
    27. 27. Point of View 1st Person (“I”) memoir, personal essay, lyric poetry,central narrator in fiction immediacy, engages reader, cannot give others’ opinions, thoughts 2nd Person (“you”) a conversational tone informal essays; speaking to someone in general can create intimacy
    28. 28. 3rd Person (“he,” “she”) greatest range of effects omniscient: narrator knows everything limited omniscient: follows the mind of one character or observes from outside objective/dramatic: speech and action, presents what is available to senses (not interpretation), journalistic effect or distanced
    29. 29. ASSIGNMENT: 11.05.09:Start three pieces in each a different point of view: 1st person, 2nd, and any one of 3rd person. You may want to use the three scenes of your life from an earlier journal, or rewrite something you have already written, only using a different pov. One of these needs to be a poem. Final Piece: Point of View choose one of the above and write a final piece: any form
    30. 30. Portfolio Cover Letter Journals Writer’s Notebook Assignments THREE weighted pieces Log Books for three pieces Other: OTOH,Reading responses, other pieces (not assigned)
    31. 31. LITERARY ARTS QUARTER 2
    32. 32. Journals 11.16.09: Start something you’ve always wanted to write but never have started 11.18.09: There are 20,000 individual moments in a day. Memorable moments create an image and stay in your mind. Make two lists: positive and negative moments in your day. Choose one moment and freewrite about it. 11.19.09: Respond to this quote: “Positive emotions are not trivial luxuries, but instead may be critical necessities for optimal functioning.” Use examples as you respond. 11.20.09: Write about “To-Do” lists: potential achievements or burdens to be carried? incorporate yesterday’s thoughts about positive emotions 11.23.09: Write about your relationship with “the land”: with landscape. This can be urban, as well as rural. Relate to emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical ties. 11.24.09: “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. . . . Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived. Clutter is wonderfully fertile ground. “ Respond. 11.25.09: Gratefulness
    33. 33. 12.02.09: We are multifaceted and diverse. Listen to your “parts.” Write a dialogue between your mind, eyes, ears, hands, feet. 12.03.09: 3-5 “Secret Selves”: give each one a name and describe what is in his/her closet. 12.04.09: Think about the creative monster who bars the door to your dreams. Write a personal fairy tale in which you vanquish the monster and collect your Oscar (that is, achieve your creative dream). 12.07.09: There is no journal 12.08.09: Seasons--go where it takes you! 12.09.09: See Writer’s Notebook for today
    34. 34. 12.10.09: Journal Setting is not merely scenery; it is part of the significance: heritage, culture,identity . . . “Home for the holidays”: what does it mean to you? What do you want it to be? What is it? Be sure to use setting as a part of the meaning/reflection. 12.14.09: Write a postcard size short story. (Use a recipe card) Make sure it has a conflict, crisis, and resolution. Post it on our blog.
    35. 35. 12.15.09: Think about the concept of “story.” We often say,”Everyone has a story.” Stories are passed on from generation to generation. Stories reflect our traditions and celebrations. Stories are fictional and offer us transportation to other worlds. What is your story? What does story mean to you as a writer? 12.17.09: What makes you: laugh afraid angry ashamed tender or sentimental (feelings! :) )
    36. 36. 12.18.09:new journal is in Writer’s Notebook 1.04.10: So, it’s a new year . . . 1.05.10: Write about someday. 1.07.10:Write about change.
    37. 37. Writer’s Notebook 11.17.09: Imagine a place where there is a small,or underlying, tension. Write about it. Just write. 11.18.09: Consider the place in which the tension occurs. Describe this place: specific descriptions of objects and people; include colors, smells, sounds, movement--all senses. Insert a real or imagined person into the place. Include an action for this person that explains what he or she is doing in this place. Do NOT explain his or her presence: the action will explain. Show; don’t tell. Add a reflection. Why did I choose this place? Add a sentence or two reflecting on the meaning or importance of selecting this place. Begin with “I . . . .” Assignment 1: Write 100-200 words describing a place, inventing a person with whom the speaker feels tension, and reflecting on the setting and tension. Let it take you where it goes.
    38. 38. 11.19.09: make sure you fill out a conference sheet about someone’s tension piece 11.20.09: Stay in the setting of your tension piece. Write a short imaginary conversation between you (or the narrator) and real or imagined person with whom there was tension: What is the root of the tension? What do I want from this person? What do I want for myself? Use short phrases and sentences Write fast. Write at least 5 exchanges. Label as “A” and “B.” (50-100 words)
    39. 39. 11.20.09: Assignment 2: understanding what is causing the tension,write: 100-200 words in paragraph form Begin with the words, “I remember.” 1st person past tense Write about a memory tied to emotional tension that may or may not be related to the original place you wrote about in Writer’s Notebook. Feel free to invent facts and details. Stay honest --not necessarily true to the facts. Include setting details, names of people, dialogue, and actions.
    40. 40. 11.23.09: Share your tension piece. First Responder-- answer these questions: (on paper) Why does the speaker speak? Why is the setting important? Why is the conflict created? What do you think is the meaning of this piece?
    41. 41. Narrative Poem Using your tension pieces,select one detail or moment and write a narrative poem: Begin the poem with “When” Write a sentence that places the speaker in a clear setting and introduces the conflict As you work your way through the story, use words to signal shifts in time and/or place (“years ago” “in the kitchen”) Write in first person and present tense in final three or four lines insert a detail,metaphor, or simile that connects the story to a larger meaning (significance) Look in the poem for words or a phrase that connects details to final lines. Use it for the title.
    42. 42. 12.02.09: Workshop narrative poem first draft: What is the poem about? Who is the speaker? How is the poem organized? How is the tension created? Are the actions and events clear? (What is not?) Do the parts of the poem connect to create meaning? Give suggestions for improvement in each area.
    43. 43. 12.04.09: Revision of Narrative Poem Circle verbs. Check for /change to active, specific, vivid verbs (try onomatopoeia just for fun). Eliminate being verbs (is, am, were, was, have, had, would). This should force you to cut deadwood. Cut at least 20 words. The finished poem should be sixteen to twenty-two lines.
    44. 44. 12.09.09 Using sharply focused images, write a poem, paragraph or . . . incorporating one setting that suggests one of the atmospheres listed below: the city in the rain sinister midnight on the farm full of promise 1890 in the parlor suicidal high noon on the river dangerous in the bar, after hours suspense dawn in a foreign place lonely happy-go-lucky
    45. 45. Know your setting: experience it mentally and recreate it with significant detail. What sort of place is this? What are its peculiarities? What is the weather like, the light, the season, the time of day? What are the contours of the land and architecture? What are the social assumptions of the inhabitants? How familiar and comfortable are the characters with this place and lifestyle? Assignment 1: Create/write a detailed setting for your fairy tale; be sure to create a mood/atmosphere
    46. 46. 12.11.09: Using a camera: Pick a typical scene from your life: describe it with three camera shots: a long shot, medium, and close-up Rework fairy tale to include these three camera shots. (and elements from the “Elements of Fairy Tales” sheet.
    47. 47. 12.14.09: Create a plot graph of your fairy tale using the inverted check mark: See Cinderella example. exposition conflict complications (good and evil on opposite sides) Crisis Falling Action Resolution
    48. 48. 12.16.09: Authorial Interpretation Write at least a paragraph or two about each character: four qualities each possesses three important events two habitual actions
    49. 49. Revise your fairy tale and insert some of the details from 12.16.09 character paragraphs Write a dialogue between your protagonist (you) and your antagonist (your creativity monster) Add dialogue to your fairy tale
    50. 50. Assignments for 12.18.09: If you get done with journal/assignment, work on your blog. Journal: Prewrite: List what you (personally) want for Christmas List what you would like for family and/or friends List what you would like for the world Write a letter to Santa Claus that truly expresses what you would like for Christmas if your wishes could come true. This will go up on the Bulletin Board Monday...bring a final copy the way you want it to look. Be creative.
    51. 51. Object/Metaphor Poem 1.05.10: Writer’s Notebook Make a list of objects important to you/Share with the class Choose ONE object that has marked a new beginning for you. Write about it, making sure to write about the change.

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