- Workshop preferences. On a card, students wrote whether they were a Type A, Type B, or Type C writer — Type A means you want to work with writers on your own level. Type B means you’re a really good writer, can edit and improve your own work, and want to tutor other struggling writers. Type C means you are a struggling writer and would like some more advanced writers to help you out. Tomorrow we will be workshopping our pieces.
- Finish place description reading. Students completed their reading and highlighting of the place description from yesterday.
- Figuring out what a place symbolizes. Students compared notes to decide what each place in the reading symbolized for the author. We put up the places and the symbols on the board. The mountain for Spalding Gray symbolizes relief; the city symbolizes solitude and unease for Obama; the forest symbolizes the independence to discover (herself) for Annie Dillard.
- Place Piece brainstorm. Students received a brainstorming sheet: Place Piece Brainstorming. They selected a place that was important to them — either a place they spend a lot of time, a place an important thing happened, or a place they remember vividly for some other reason. Ms. Garvoille did her own brainstorming on the overhead while students brainstormed at their desks.
HW: Write place piece. Write a few paragraphs describing a place without revealing what it symbolizes to you. Use word choice and imagery to suggest to the reader its importance to you. (See directions on the Place Piece Brainstorming Sheet.)
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