Students helped me to learn their names at the start of class. Then we talked a lot about the writing process and beginning our writing journals. Students completed and logged two pre-writing exercises from the Smith & Greenberg text (the yellow book). With the last few minutes of class, students received a handout with poems from Frost, Williams, and Hughes, and began a paraphrase of the Frost poem. Homework: please complete the “Quilting” exercise as described on p. 63 of the Smith & Greenberg text (students copied this down during class). In a nut, look through your closet, dresser, wherever you keep old clothes. Create a list of the clothes that have special meaning for you. Then, label the event(s) that each item on your list makes you remember as well as feelings each item evokes for you. Finally, freewrite about at least a few items on the list. Total time: 20–30 minutes. Due Tuesday/Wednesday of next week.
This class will be an opportunity for you to express yourself creatively through writing. You will get a chance to try many different genres of writing and practice the writing process. You will get to help others improve their writing, and the favor will be returned to you with your own writing. By the end of the class, you will develop a portfolio of your best, most polished work.
Note: I teach two sections of this class on different days. When possible, I will use the same entry for both Red and Gold days. When impossible, I will post a separate summary for each day.