Friday, January 24, 2014

We're English 10 Nerds and Loving It: January 24, 2014

Winter Assembly: Shortened Class

Focus: How can I strengthen the language in my memoir?

1. Warming up with a little new SAT vocabulary: Scattegories

2. Attacking boring verbs

Imagine this: Jack walked into a room.  Only "walked" is kind of a boring word, so let's get more specific. Replace the word "walked" with a synonym that conveys an emotion.

a. Example: Anger: Jack stormed into the room.

b. Sadness

c. Exhaustion

d. Fear

e. Joy

Now try it with this sentence: Ms. Leclaire said to sit down. Replace the word "said" using the above list of emotions.

Now try it in your own writing: Where do you use boring or vague verbs that you could replace with a word that conveys emotion and meaning?

3.  Getting at the metaphor: Trying out figurative language

4. Wrapping up: Please type at the top of your rough draft what you most like feedback on (pick one or two specific aspects of your memoir)

1. Final drafts of memoirs are due Tuesday; please print a hard copy with an MLA heading and page numbers before class.

2. SAT List 11 flashcards are due Wednesday.

3. Bring your memoir independent reading books to class on Friday.

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