Creative Notes Week 3

To do:

  • copy this handout
  • copy the this prewriting chart
  • copy the ekphrastic writing examples and perspectives
  • reserve lab for Wednesday, cancel lab for Thursday
  • copy slam poetry project and digital poetry slam project
  • Create powerpoint of slam poetry examples from lesson
  • create blog

Monday, November 30

Benchmarks d. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, figurative and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters. Use a writing process to develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, drafting, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


  • Peer Review Workshop
  • Work on Final Drafts in English Lab

Final Drafts due at the end of the day
Free Writes from the descriptive unit are due tomorrow. You should have free writes from:


  • check in with students during peer review workshop
  • Essays

Tuesday, December 1

Benchmarks d. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, figurative and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.


  • collect descriptive writing free writes
  • Focused Free Write: Waiting. For what? Possible sentence starter: Our bench was still there…
  • Intro to Poetry PowerPoint
  • Blackout Poems. Watch Austin Kleon's Tedx Talk

And check out some of his examples here

  • Your task: To create a blackout poem from a newspaper article. The poem can be about the subject of the article or something else entirely. It is up to you. Just remember: rough draft! Box off the words you want and make sure BEFORE you start blacking out the page. Also, Put a scratch piece of paper under the page before you start blacking out with the marker.
  • Turn in your blackout poem(s) when you are finished. If you don not finish today, they are due tomorrow at the start of the hour.


  • Free Write
  • Blackout poem

Wednesday, December 2

Lumberjack Schedule
same as Tuesday


  • Focused Free Write: I walked across the bridge and…
  • Go through Ekphrastic Poetry powerpoint and examples
  • Go over Ekphrastic Poetry assignment and perspectives
  • Go to the iMac Lab and find art work and work on drafting ekphrastic poetry.
  • Turn in ekphrastic poetry when complete. If you don't finish today, turn them in at the start of the hour tomorrow


  • Free Write
  • ekphrastic poetry

Thursday, December 3

Benchmarks Use literary and narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, rhythm, repetition, rhyme, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

English Lab reserved

  • Focused Free write: The Portrait. Choose one of these portraits and write about:
    • What (s)he was thinking while the image was taken
    • What it would be like to be him/her for a day
    • What a specific moment felt like from his or her perspective
  • Introduction to Slam Poetry Lesson Mali to this day start at 5:00
  • Introduce the Digital Poetry Slam Project


  • Free Write
  • discussion

Friday, December 4

Benchmarks Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

English Lab reserved

  • Work on Editing Descriptive Essays for Blog?
  • Handout Blog Portfolio Term Project Guidelines
  • Assignment: Write writer's bio for the blog


  • writer's bio

stuff I might use:
Poem to read about analyzing poetry We will try not to do this ;)

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