Day/Date

30-min activity or mini-lesson
30-min activity or mini-lesson
Homework
Due on the day on which it is listed, and will be updated as the semester and your writing progresses.
Does not count as part of your 4 required Writers Notebook hours.
Other Deadlines
Th Jan 19
  • Course Introduction
  • Write about writing
  • Story of our names


Tu Jan 24
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Concrete, specific, and significant detail
‘No place like home’ embodied memory exercise/Sense images
Input:
  1. 1. Bomer, Ch. 2-3, pp. 18-64 (Ch. 1 recommended)
Output:
  1. 1. Journal Personalization
  2. 2. Edit Writers’ Notebook Assignment Page
  3. 3. Journal prompt:
  • Write down the story of your name and/or rewrite your writing “about writing”

Th Jan 26
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
What is poetry? Read-aloud
What is poetry? Setting up and Assessing the Genre Study
Input:
  1. 1. Choose at least 3 poems from “180 More” that you would like to read aloud to your peers. Be prepared to discuss your choices.
  2. 2. Bomer, 5 (87-101)
Output:
1. Journal Prompt:
  • Respond to at least one poem you read for today in your WN

Tu Jan 31
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Write around: concrete specific and significant detail
Metaphor
Bring:
  1. 1. A COPY of powerful image
Input:
1.Bomer, Ch. 6 (102-115)

Th Feb 2
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Slam poetry
Word choice: Connotation/Denotation*
Input:
1. Watch/listen to spoken word poetry
(Eight performances and two Wikipedia entries)
Output:
  1. After watching these and reading the two Wikipedia entries on the topic, participate in listing the conventions of spoken word poetry here
  2. Following the rules for writing spoken word, write a poem of your own (in your WN is fine)

Tu Feb 7
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Grammar, punctuation and process: Guest poet, Victoria Boynton
Revising poems
Input:
1.LaMott, “Shitty first drafts” (HO)
Output:
1. Revise your Where I'm From Poem from last semester, using concrete, specific and significant sensory detail.
2. Participate in Ning discussions about Bomer and Author's Chair.
Bring:
A poem or two to revise
TTNW Ch.1
Nicole, Lauren,
Erin
Th Feb 9
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Salon and celebration of poetry
Bring: Snacks and enough copies of your poem for all class members
Readers WN;
Writers WN
Tu Feb 14
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
From Poetry to Memoir: image as snapshot
Scene and summary (concrete, specific, and significant images redux)
Bring:
  1. 1. 2 photos from childhood
Input:
1.Bomer, Ch 9 (137-168)
2.TBA (short memoirs)
TTNW Ch.2
Samantha B,Bridgette,
Alyssa C.
Th Feb 16
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Rereading your notebook
Narrative arc and storyboarding your story
Input:
1. 21 Proms:
"Geechee Girls Dancin,'" Jacqueline Woodson
"Apology #1," Ned Vizzini
"The Great American Morp," John Green,
"In Vodka Veritas," Holly Black

"Lost Sometimes,"David Levithan

"Prom for Fat Girls," Rachel Cohn

Bring:
  1. 1- 2 photos from childhood
Speakers WN
Tu Feb 21
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Developing characters through dialogue*
Showing characters through appearance/body language*
Input:
1.Bomer, Ch. 4
2.TBA (short memoirs)
TTNW Ch.3
Renee, Beverly,
Lindsay
Th Feb 23
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Assessing Memoir
TBA*
Output: Character profile for yourself and one other character in your memoir
Listeners WN
Tu Feb 28
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
TBA*
TBA*

TTNW Ch.4
Th Mar 1
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Peer Revision
Workshop


Tu Mar 6
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
SPRING BREAK!
Th Mar 8
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Tu Mar 13
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Class canceled

TTNW Ch.5
Th Mar 15
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
More memoir
More memoir


Tu Mar 20
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Writers' Groups

Output:
  • Three copies of your revised memoir.
  • OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED: Write 2 different openings and two different closings (as specified on pages 70-74 of the "Drafting Memoir Pieces" handout from class on Th). Choose the better one of each and add them to you memoir.
TTNW Ch.6
Th Mar 22
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Peer Revision Workshop

Output: Three copies of your revised memoir.

Writers' Notebooks: 2 hrs due between Th March 15 and today; must focus on scenes that are related somehow to (but not drawn from) your memoir.
Readers WN
Tu Mar 27
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Salon and celebration of memoir

Bring:
Snacks and enough copies of your memoir for all class members
TTNW Ch.7
Th Mar 29
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Feature article

Input: Bomer Ch. 10 (170-187)
Output:
Writers WN
Tu Apr 3
Sponge activity
Author’s chair

See homework on Ning:
http://writeoncortland.ning.com/profiles/blogs/assessment-and-publishing-memoirs
Hand out Genre Studies Unit Plan Draft.docx
TTNW Ch.8
Th Apr 5
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
TBA
See homework on Ning:
http://writeoncortland.ning.com/profiles/blogs/aed-408-work-for-thursday-april-5

Speakers WN
Tu Apr 10
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
TBA
Essay Unit
Input:
Output:
TTNW (Ch.10)
Th Apr 12
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Coming up with topics for Essays

Input:
Output:
Listeners WN
Tu Apr 17
Sponge activity
Author’s chair
Poetry and Memoir > Essay

Output:
  • Topic for Essay Due (write in WN to brainstorm topics if necessary; see prompts here)
Wrap-up TTNW (Ch.12)
Th Apr 19
Sponge activity
Author’s chair


Output:
  • DUE: Hard copy of Genre Studies Unit Plan: Handouts; Lessons; and Schedule

Meet in Computer Lab
11:40 OM 223
2:50 OM G-17

Tu Apr 24
Sponge activity
Author’s chair


Output:
  • DUE: Hard copy of Genre Studies Unit plan: Sample of Process Writing (for each person); List of Sources

Note: If you would like to save paper, feel free to submit only the hard copy of the FINAL draft for each of your individual samples (just be sure that the other drafts are linked in your group's google doc and that I have the url, then -- please write it on your Sample docs).

Meet in Computer Lab
11:40 OM 223
2:50 OM G-17

Final draft of Memoir due.
Turn in a hard copy in class in a 2- pocket or manilla folder that has your name clearly written on the outside of it.
  • Include in this folder the following documents, properly labeled.
  1. Final Draftthat includes somewhere in the heading the url to the google doc where I can see the history of the doc.
  2. The most recent draft that you brought to workshop/conferences with me.
  3. A typed reflective statement using the sheet attached here. If you cannot get a hard copy of the reflection finished by tomorrow for submission with the memoir, I can accept it as late as Friday (when you submit your poetry reflection -- just be sure to submit them in separate folders).

Th Apr 26


FRIDAY APR 27
4 PM


Output:
  • Presentation (a detailed handout of 1-2 pages); and Publication to Google Docs (send me your group's URL)


Final draft of Poem due.
BY 4pm today, turn in a hard copy to my mailbox in the ENGLISH DEPT. in a 2- pocket or manilla folder that has your name clearly written on the outside of it.
  • Include in this folder the following documents, properly labeled.
  1. Final Draftthat includes somewhere in the heading the url to the google doc where I can see the history of the doc.
  2. The most recent draft that you brought to workshop/conferences with me.
  3. A typed reflective statement using the sheet attached here. If you cannot get a hard copy of the reflection finished by tomorrow for submission with the memoir, I can accept it as late as Friday (when you submit your poetry reflection -- just be sure to submit them in separate folders).

Tu May 1

Presentations of Units

Reflection

* Add the title of your Genre Study, Grade Level, and Curriculum Designers to your Table of Contents page as follows:

    • Memoir Genre Study (Grade 12)
    • Curriculum Designers: Cynthia Sarver and Carrie Bradshaw


  • Deadline for uploading Genre Study and Portfolio to TaskStream.

    • Under AED 408 in TaskStream, submit assignments as follows:
      • Under "Peer Groups and the Writing Process" add links to your memoir and your poem; if the process is shown through multiple drafts saved as separate docs, please link to the collection containing those drafts (i.e., I am interested in seeing the process on TS, not just the final draft). *Make sure that these files are shared with me; if sharing a collection, just "sharing" the collection will do the trick.*
      • Under "Genre Study" please link to your Genre Study's Table of Content Page. Title the Genre Study as follows: "_GenreGenre Study (Grade )" (e.g.,"Memoir Genre Study (Grade 12) -- Curriculum Designers: Cynthia Sarver and Carrie Bradshaw"

  • DUE: Final Reflection on Process Portfolio: Imagine that you are the teacher and your job is to assess a student's portfolio, and that that student is you. In other words, your task is to assess your own portfolio as if you are your own teacher. Evaluate the portfolio and ultimately give it a final grade, using whatever evaluation criteria you deem best for assessing this work holistically. Justify your evaluation. 1-2 pages.