Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Plot: Frame work for story building

Remember, this is the initial idea of the story, not the story itself.  No one should be writing story yet, just laying out ideas and mechanics of the story.  Recount the events as quickly as possible.  When we sit down to write this, it will be great.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Setting as a Third Character

This is one of those assignments that can get away from you if you are not careful.  Remember to stick with the senses and utilize what we have previously worked on.  Have fun!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Creating Surprise...(from Spunk and Bite)

Here is the slide with the sentences reprinted from "Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style," Random House, 2007, copyright Arthur Plotnik 2007.  We will go over these tomorrow.  Remember that you can use a phrase if it calls for it, just don't be common or boring, DO make sense.

UPDATE!!!  Thank you Mr. Plotnik!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Short Story Notes

Everything that you will need to know about short stories can be found here...and yes there will be a quiz on the content when we have gone over the last slide...


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Working with Simile and Metaphors

All of the simile and metaphor info that you can handle in one place...


Analytical Paragraph Breakdown...Champion of the World...Fox & Coyote & Whale

This will most definitely be helpful!  Please remember to attach your original response to your restructured one.  Thanks,

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Flash Fiction

The Flash Fiction story is due tomorrow.  500 to 1000 words please.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Daily Log ala Mr. Perez...have a Double Rainbow Year!!!

The beginning of every year invariably brings with a good of anxiety, anxiety that we often wish we could alleviate and remove altogether.  For teachers, its no different.  I usually break out somewhere on my face, something that hasn't happened since high school.  Aside from the unsightly acne, there is always a good level of nervous energy.  We all want our classes to go well, to be as excited as we are about the coming year.  I told one of my classes that they need to take an active role in what goes on in class, that they were not just "empty containers to pour knowledge into".  The longer that I do this, the more I believe it.  Education is not for the weak willed, if you want to "know things" it is going to cost you something in return, be it your time, energy, and at the very least your ignorance.  I guess that at the very least I would hope to have things make more sense for you by the end of the school year than this guy..."what doessss it meeeeaaannn???"

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Welcome (back) to Oakdale High School!!!

Just a quick Hiya to those new and returning students.  You will find all of the information that we covered in class on the slide show presentation below, just point and click to make it larger or use the navigation buttons to flip through the presentation as is.  The 13 Things You Should Know About Me slide is in there as well!  See Ya...