Monday, February 4, 2013


About Journals: There are many kinds of journals. Psychologists have patients write journals because they are so therapeutic. Creative journals help a writer record their experiences, note any ideas that may come to mind, and practice experimenting with their writing. Keep a blog post entitled Journals and be sure to identify them in your post by their numbers listed below. Don't go too far ahead because these will change depending on which units we do etc.

  1. Mon Feb 4- (A) Start by introducing yourself to the class. Include  a few details about your interests, goals etc. Also mention what you'd like to learn and write in this course (I may use some of your suggestions!). Finally, once I post a list of your blogs, read and then, enter a kind comment on, 3 other students' blogs. Please DO NOT post personal info.and of course use appropriate language. This is a class, it is public and anything you say should be able to be said to Parents, Teachers, Principals and fellow students- you are IN CLASS in these blogs.
  2. Write a half page story, but there's one catch: You can only use one syllable words! Good luck. (hint- story will be short and probably not make much sense:-)
  3. Wed. Feb 6 a) List words that make me feel good. B) Describe all the sounds you heard since you woke up this morning.
  4. Thurs. Feb 7 Describe an outdoor scene- practice description
  5. Fri Feb 8 Describe an old homeless man- practice description
  6. Story starter: "It was a dark and stormy night." 
  7. A STRANGE DAY IN JULY. "He threw with all his might, but the third stone came skipping back to him from the lake."
  8. Discuss the theme of Loneliness in Of Mice and Men
  9. Attic, Ice cream, pants. Write a story- half a page.
  10. Write a protest poem. Or brainstorm ideas for poems.
  11. 14. Write 3 MORNING HAIKUS. 5-7-5. Nature.
  12. Write a "WHAT IS" poem using an abstract noun such as 'hope', 'love', 'fear', 'justice', 'anger' etc. Here is a What is Hope poem: What is Hope
  13. Try a Villanelle. What is aVillanelle, you ask? Answer  In your journal describe a Villanelle. Suggestion: Try writing one for your scrapbook (optional)
  14. Try a Limerick. See my earlier post, and try to make a funny Limerick. Can you share it with the class?
  15. Read THE HOLLOW MEN and provide a one paragraph reader response. 

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