due Thursday, September 29
First you BRAINSTORMED memoir topics by completing a personal Hero’s Journey outline for yourself. Then you used the stages you identified to DRAFT between three and six 6-word memoirs. Using our class lessons on diction and punctuation, as well as your classmates’ feedback, you are REVISING and EDITING one of those 6-word memoirs for PUBLICATION in the classroom. Yay writing process!
Make sure that for your completed 6-word memoir, you can check off the following four requirements:
___ The 6-word memoir is properly capitalized & punctuated (don’t forget end-punctuation).
___ The image illustrates the memoir, so that text & image work together to tell the story.
___ The image & text are placed together on a piece of paper at least 8.5” x 11” (printer paper).
___ You have gathered all the evidence of your writer’s process (hero’s journey outline, rough draft/s, feedback).
*On Thursday and Friday you will be presenting your 6-word memoir to the class. You will have 2-3 minutes to address the following three points:
1) Describe your writing process (what changes did you make /feedback did you receive along the way?)
2) Say what stage of your hero’s journey this 6-word memoir represents.
3) Explain what you hope a reader will get out of your published 6-word story (They won’t know the whole back story, but what might they be wondering about, thinking, or feeling?).
Consider practicing your answers to those questions in advance!
Today we looked at the six-word sentence "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." We talked about how those simple six words use thoughtful DICTION (word choice) and PUNCTUATION to imply a story.
Using your personal Hero's Journey as your brainstorming, your task this weekend is to select at least 3 stages of your hero's journey, and draft one or two "six-word memoirs" for each of those three stages. *Remember, a memoir is a true "slice" of your life.
These are first drafts, so they don't have to be perfect BUT they should:
1) each have exactly six words
2) use words and punctuation creatively to put strong emotions into your sentence, implying the story behind them
3) be correctly capitalized
In summary: due in class on Monday 9/26 are between three and six 6-word memoirs that hint at a true story from your life. Have fun writing!
Example from Ms. Rush's hero journey about becoming a teacher:
Refusal of Call
(Decided teaching seemed like too much work, maybe it wasn't what I wanted to do.)
--> Drafts: Planning, grading... who's got the time?!
Making a difference? Not so easy.
I wanted to make a difference...
Don't forget to complete your self and peer evaluation sheet documenting how group work went for you this week.
Due in class tomorrow, Friday September 23!
Click HERE for an electronic copy of the reflection sheet.
We make sense of the world through stories.
Place yourself at the center of a narrative by choosing a challenging time of your own to map out through the paradigm of the monomyth.
Perhaps this story involved a move, a new sibling, a new school, a new skill, a change you needed to make, or a conflict you needed to overcome...
Identify 10-12 of the stages of the Hero's Journey from a phase of your own life, and bring your list of stages/explanations with you to class on Friday, September 23.
Ms. Rush's Hero Journey is below, as an example!
On Monday you will be working to create an illustrated, creative map that captures the stages of Junior's Hero Journey. In addition to designing the "map" of his journey, you will need quotes to represent each of at least 10 of the stages he goes through.
To prepare for that, your homework is to find AT LEAST 5 quotes from the text, one for each of 5 stages from Junior's journey. You are looking for quotes that capture an important element of that stage of Junior's journey - you should be able to explain why you chose each quote.
--> This will allow you to jump right into your map project on Monday! Coming prepared will get you 10 points of HW credit as well as allow you to complete your classwork in a timely manner next week.
Click on the image above to download the full Power Point reviewing 12 key steps of the Hero's Journey and a few common archetypes we find in these stories.
Click HERE for an electronic copy of the blank graphic organizer for a hero's journey.
Sign up for Remind this weekend - be sure to enroll in YOUR class section so that you receive the right messages! You can download the Remind app if you would like, but otherwise Remind can send messages directly to your phone as a text, or through email.
GO to the STUDENT RESOURCES PAGE on this website & FIND YOUR REGISTRATION INFO!
Be sure to sign up by Monday 9/12 for an extra credit opportunity.
In class, I gave you each a letter that I wrote, introducing myself to you. You can find an electronic copy of that letter HERE.
Your job this weekend is to write a letter in reply, introducing yourself to me. DUE TUES. 9/13
Your letter should be 1 – 2 pages long, and it should begin with a salutation and end with an appropriate closing.
Things to include:
This letter does not have to be formal in tone, like an essay, but it IS the first piece of your writing that I will have the chance to read, so be thoughtful about your word choice and grammar, and look over your work before handing it in. I’m looking forward to learning about you!
Homework is to read and annotate your syllabus, then share with an adult family member. You and an adult at home both need to sign the syllabus, acknowledging that you've received, read, and understand the course policies and expectations.
Return the signed slip TOMORROW, Friday 9/9.
You can find an electronic copy of the course syllabus HERE.
9th Grade Foundations
This class serves as a gateway course to our choice-based English Language Arts curriculum! It is a foundational course which will ensure the readiness of your reading and writing skills to support your learning throughout the rest of your high school career.