Friday, November 21, 2014

Dec. 4, 2014

In preparation for our class on Dec. 4th, spend about 3 hours on the following literary arts assignments:


1. Keep revising and polishing your short story. Final story is due December 18th. I have loved reading your rough drafts!!!

2. Take pictures and send your favorites to Sister Johnson.

3. Post your poetry and pictures on your literary arts blog.

4. Read and comment on each other's literary arts blogs.

Specific assignments by unit:


What a royal treat it was to view so many of your photographs in class this week! What terrific photographers you are and are becoming! Yay for you!

During our Thanksgiving Break and in preparation for our next class on Dec. 4, your photography assignments are as follows:

  • Choose themes that you want to explore for each week of this unit and write them down on the paper I gave you in class. You can choose one theme per week, or more than one, and you can choose from the list below or choose themes of your own. Be creative but purposeful!
  • Take photos during these next two weeks practicing your composition skills and pay attention to lighting. Remember to Stop and Think! :)
  • Choose 2-4 of your favorite photos and email them to me by Wed. Dec. 3 so we can all admire them in class! Hopefully everyone will have photos to share, so in the interest of time please choose just your top 2-4.
  • And Have Fun!

Theme ideas:

Tell a story

Do a series



A collection of opposites






1. Write a poem about a feeling or an emotion. You can keep working on the one you started in class or write a new one. Remember, don't say the emotion or feeling in your poem but let the reader experience it with you through your sensory details (imaginitive language using the sense of smell, sight, sound, touch, and sound). Post your poem on your blog.

2. If you haven't done so yet or want to write another, write a poem where a concrete object, person, place, or experience is also a symbol of something greater. Refer to The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost in your Writers Workbook p. 92. Post it on your blog.

3. If you haven't done so yet or want to try another, write a poem using personification. Read the poem by Sylvia Plath from Nov. 20th's post and notice how the mirror and the lake is personified. Try it in your own poem. Choose an object, animal, feeling, or concept and play with the idea of giving it human character traits. Post your poem on your blog.

4. If you haven't done so yet, write a list in your writer's journal of some of your personal, specific poignant experiences you've had, such as: walking in the rain, reaching the summit of a mountain, the death of a loved one, a time you were disappointed or felt heartache, a time when beauty has touched you deeply, a time you felt loved, secure, or affirmed, a time you felt exhausted, were struck with the starkness of a scene, or the grandeur of a scene, or the bleakness of a scene. It could be your expereince with something beautiful, ugly, stinky, stunning, scary, majestic, funny. You get the idea.


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