National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

NaNoWriMo IconNovember is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo!


Because of our stringent schedule, I cannot have the entire class participate in NaNoWriMo, but I would like to offer extra credit to students who participate.

Sometimes we simply need a bit of motivation to help our writing come to life. Sign up for NaNoWriMo here and get started.

NaNoWriMo How To

Need more incentive? Check out this blog post.

Note:

  • To receive the extra credit you must show me the badges you have collected during the month of November, as well as your completed novel.

  • You will not receive credit for only a few pages of writing.

Good luck and happy writing!

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Dead Word Tombstone Assignment

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Directions:

In order to improve our vocabulary skills and minimize repetitiveness, we are going to eradicate our elementary terms.

  • Create a tombstone for a dead word according to the list below. No words may be reused. Check with your teacher for availability.
  • At the top of your tombstone, write the deceased word.
  • Honor’s Students: Write a eulogy to accompany your term. Your eulogy may be a piece of prose, poetry, or rap. (optional for other classes)
  • Use your thesaurus to locate at least three (3) adequate replacements for the departed word. Include your replacements at the bottom of your tombstone.
  • Please be creative and proofread your work.
  • I will grade you on grammar and the adequacy of the three alternative words you recommend.

Dead Words List:

  1. good
  2. bad
  3. sad
  4. scary
  5. happy
  6. a lot
  7. big
  8. small
  9. first
  10. last
  11. said
  12. gross
  13. like (I Like)
  14. got
  15. exciting
  16. wrong
  17. tired
  18. right
  19. sleepy
  20. take
  21. angry
  22. confused
  23. smart
  24. complicated
  25. dumb
  26. nice
  27. mean
  28. dirty
  29. because
  30. thing/ stuff
  31. funny
  32. beginner
  33. late
  34. new
  35. forgot

Student Example: Tombstone- Student Example

Death Awaits TombstoneDead Word Funeral

The following class period we will have a funeral for our fallen words. Please dress in black to create a somber mood in the classroom.Dead Word Funeral

Collaborative Blog Assignment

Guest blogging

Throughout the school year, pairs of students will be tasked with recording all pertinent information from Ms. Ellis’ class for their assigned week. The blog is due every Saturday at 8pm. Email your blog to Ms. Ellis at msdrellis@gmail.com.

Create your blog in a word document. I will copy and paste your information into our WordPress blog. Please PROOFREAD your work. I will not proofread each post. Your grade will be negatively affected if your blog is unorganized, missing information, or unedited.

Groups should be keeping track of the following information:

  1. Specific HW list from the entire week. (include assignment titles, directions, dates due).

  2. Notes on all texts read. (Be specific! Titles, authors, notes)

  3. Key vocabulary (include definitions)

  4. Class activities (i.e., bellringers, exit slips, group activities/ discussions, tests, etc.)

  5. Any other relevant information covered during the week.

Please see below for a template for your blog. (NOTE: Your blogs do not have to look identical. Feel free to add pictures from class or videos of my lectures. Maybe an inspirational video that you want to share with your classmates. Be sure that anything included is APPROPRIATE for an 11th grade classroom setting.)


Week 2 (August 31- September 4, 2015)

By: Name and Name

(Do not include last names. Include last initial if another student in class shares your first name)

Essential Question (can be found on the dry erase board)

Vocabulary

Class Activities

Sites shown in class

Texts Read with Accompanying Notes

HW Completed Throughout the Week

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Coming to America Introduction: Group Activity

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Directions:

Imagine your group is the first to travel to North America.You are planning on living in North America permanently. (Think 17th century. The pilgrims came over to the New World September of 1620.)

Materials:  (all sheets will be submitted)

  1. Planning Sheet

  2. Lined Paper

  3. Printer Paper (from Ms. Ellis)

Jobs for Group Members:

  1. Scribe #1 (Jot down ideas on planning sheet)

  2. Scribe #2 (Clearly write down group’s specific explanatory paragraph of community’s design)

  3. Artist (Draw visual representation of explanation)

  4. Creative Thinkers (help group brainstorm the specific details of your society)

Video to get you brainstorming:

http://www.history.com/shows/mankind-the-story-of-all-of-us/videos/pilgrims-in-america

Get Started:

Create a planning sheet:

Where are you coming from?

What items would you bring? Why?

How many of you are making the voyage to the New World? (i.e., number of men, women, children, or lack thereof)

List from highest importance to lowest importance what you would do as soon as you disembark from your boat. (at least 10)

What laws would you institute to promote the American Dream? Be specific.

What does your community look like? Familial structure?

What is your procedure for meeting the indigenous peoples already residing in North America?

Name your community.

Explanation: (must be in paragraph format)

Write an explanation of your community on a separate sheet of paper. Be as specific as possible. The reader of your explanation should be able to clearly visualize what your community looks like, who lives there, how it came to be, and how the individuals function within its walls.

Visual Representation:

Draw your community. Include all important aspects! Make your explanation come to life.

Bellringer #1: Witness Protection Writing Exercise

Where will your character go?

Where will your character go?

Directions: (to be completed in your class journal)

Put a character in a situation entirely new to the character, e.g., college, a new school, a new job, a new city or country. Let the character improvise a new identity, as most of us do when we’ve moved into a new world. This exercise should not be about the new situation but about how the character adjusts herself and her mind to the new situation.

(Brian Kiteley. The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. 105-106. Cincinnati, OH. 2005)

Remember: 

  1. Date your journal entry.

  2. Plan. Brainstorm your ideas before writing.

  3. Come up with a creative title.

  4. Specificity (use specific details to enhance your writing)

  5. Vocabulary (utilize the words learned throughout high school career)

  6. Writing Techniques (i.e., incorporate figurative language, sensory details, imagery, tone)

Length: at least three (3) paragraphs