Hooray for writing and hooray for you, young writers!
Let's cut to the chase and check out what we've been working on this past week and a half.
As a quick reminder, remember that YOUR vignettes should show the footprints of Cisneros' work and capture the essence of Mango Street in some way. Remember to borrow from the writers' moves, to piece together these tiny little stories as windows into your lives, and to deliberately and intentionally craft your writing for effect.
I've been SO IMPRESSED by what I've read in conferences. Can't wait to see your final products! (Speaking of which, Monday -- all parts DUE. Print at home if you can; if not then in class Monday. And prepare yourself for something mango on Monday for a celebration of our work! woo!)
We made serious progress this week, guys. It was a week of mentor texts, mentor text analysis, drawing/making/creating, musical chairs, and a STEAM Academy Rube-Goldberg challenge. I'll call that a win.
First things first. Early in the week we DEFINED mentor texts and we talked about WHY we'll use them to improve and elevate our writing. See below:
I talked to you about crocheting Katniss scarves and about my own mentor, my teaching sensei. We then took a look at a few portraits from Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Dreamers and did a fair bit of analysis with our "noticings."
You were then tasked with creating your own portraits in the style of AWTD, and to use AWTD as your very first mentor text. When you had questions, I'd say, "what does the mentor tell you?" When you wanted to know how many illustrations, what colors, and what topics, again, "what does the mentor do?" You get the idea. Here was your task:
Finally, we had a day of Mentor Text Musical chairs, and man did you make my heart happy! The idea was to groove, walk around, sit down, and Read Like Writers. More on this next week, but you guys did a tremendous job, and you ended up building some really solid lists of the characteristics of literary vignettes.
So, woo woo! Well done, young grasshoppers.
Ok, somebody's gonna have to remind me to post these updates! I've been having too much fun to remember! :)
This is my attempt to get back on track -- to post your assignments with care and on time, and to ensure we're all on these same page, both IRL and here on the world wide web.
Last week was a good week. We began the week with...Play Doh! It was wicked fun. You sculpted and played and considered and interpreted.
After that, we spent some time finishing up The House on Mango Street reading, worked on a few more dialog journal entries, had a end of novel Socratic seminar, and...oh yeah, BUILT A HOMECOMING FLOAT!
Last week was a good week. Here are a few pics!
Your teacher, Mrs. Hilliard :)