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1 Week 8: Writing workshops
English 10 Week 8: Writing workshops Short Stories Major Assignments Left: Short Story Due Next Monday TYPED BINDER CHECK 1st Quarter Test (including poetry from next week)

2 English 10 DO NOW 9/23/13 What are the five elements of plot?
Draw a plot chart and label its parts.

3 Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram
Student Notes

4 Plot Diagram 3 4 2 1 5

5 Plot (definition) Plot is the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story. Every plot is made up of a series of incidents that are related to one another.

6 1. Exposition This usually occurs at the beginning of a short story. Here the characters are introduced. We also learn about the setting of the story. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem).

7 2. Rising Action This part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs.

8 3. Climax This is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way.

9 4. Falling Action All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of.

10 5. Resolution The story comes to a reasonable ending.

11 Putting It All Together
1. Exposition 2. Rising Action 3. Climax 4. Falling Action 5. Resolution Beginning of Story Middle of Story End of Story

12 English 10 Quiet Activity: Use the worksheet to plot your story.

13 Success Today Means You were able to read a peer’s story and fill in a plot chart for his/her story. You were able to discuss what you thought your plot line was with what your partner thinks it is. You use this information to change parts of your story as necessary. Suggest a foreshadowing event HW: Revise your plot as necessary, but have story in class tomorrow too!

14 English 10 DO NOW: 9/24/13 Using the information on the SMART board, answer the following questions: What is “Characterization”? What are two types of characterization? What does S.T.E.A.L. stand for?

15 Success today means You can identify how your partner develops his/her characters by filling in the graphic organizer You can develop characters directly/indirectly in your own writing either already or after discussing your work with your partner. HW: Revise your story developing characters more. Have a draft in class tomorrow too!

16 Individual activity Let’s see if we remember how to develop characters: Complete the direct/ indirect characterization worksheet. We will share our creative responses to the indirect characterization examples. Have fun with this!

17 Partner Work Partner A and B exchange.
10 Minutes quiet reading time. Complete graphic organizer. Return essays 5 min. Partner A discusses Partner B’s characterization 5 min. Partner B discusses Partner A’s characterization

18 English 10 DO NOW: 9/25/13 Complete the sensory details worksheet using one of the following “things”: a birthday cake, a carnival, a rainstorm, a bad day, Winter, an old pair of socks, a blank white wall, a baseball game, Happiness Some “things” are abstract, so be poetic/creative in imagining how it might smell, taste, etc. For example, a blank white wall might taste bland since its plain.

19 Success Today Means You can use all five senses to either develop one “thing” well, or you use all five senses at least once in your short story. You can use what you know about sensory language to help your partner be more descriptive. Partners: 2 things described well/ 2 things to describe better HW: add description to your story. We will type in class tomorrow and Friday.

20 Partner Work Partners exchange. Each partner will (in writing)
Point out one good example of description in story. Suggest two “things” (perhaps setting) that could be developed with more sensory details

21 English 10 DO NOW: 9/26/13 Make an agenda for your for today Thursday and Friday. Things to consider: You have computer access for next two days. You must have a typed essay due Monday start of class. Can you type outside of class? Home? Dippy? Do you need a partner to help with characterization, adding foreshadowing Make an end of this period goal and a “by tomorrow” goal. Make a “in class Friday” goal.

22 Success Today Means You have a complete draft that is either typed or partially typed. If you need to type at home, it to yourself or save on a thumbdrive True success means that you have a typed essay ready for proofreading either by a partner or by my grammarly program

23 Elite Writers: me or edmodo me your essay, and I can run it through a grammar program I have. Benefits: See your errors before I grade your story. Learn how to fix them. Get advice on writing style too This type of feedback leads to higher scores! Ultimately makes your writing better!

24 English 10 Do Now: 9/27/13 Review your agenda from yesterday’s Do Now.
In a sentence or two, did you achieve your goals yesterday? Do you need to adjust your goals for today? What will you need to do over the weekend to have your typed story by start of class Monday? Week 8 Do Nows (this week) will be collected on Monday

25 Success Today Means You have finished your typed short story.
You have had your typed short story peer proofread. You have had enough time to get your short story grammarly edited. HW: Final short story due Monday beginning of class. Typed in class or ed to me BEFORE CLASS STARTS.

26 Elite Writers: Grammarly proofreading software. There is a specific link and code you must use. The information is posted on Edmodo Benefits: See your errors before I grade your story. Learn how to fix them. Get advice on writing style too This type of feedback leads to higher scores! Ultimately makes your writing better!

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