We continued with a second professional model of a nonfiction essay today — “The Knife.” Students read and then completed a similar assignment to the one from yesterday on Google Classroom. After finishing, we discussed theme, tone, voice, and setting in both essays. Homework: complete Try This 7.7 from p. 245 in the Burroway text (Interview someone at least a generation older than you are about an event that took place before you were born; write the story and scene of your interview, rather than just giving me a back-and-forth dialogue, and let the event emerge through the conversation and your reflections on it).
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.