Narrative as Creative Non-Fiction

Google doodle project

Maggie, 2003. Google doodle project

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Bare-bones Outline

BAREBONES OUTLINE OF FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY

  1. THESIS STATEMENT / CLAIM = Ricemshldnt be fired
  2. evidence of claim = his own busines
  3. evidence of claim = too harsh
  4. antithesis / counterclaim some say he deserves firing
  5. summary / conclusion to para I
  6. restatement of evidence A
  7. support evidence A
  8. support evidence A
  9. support evidence A
  10. summary / conclusion to para II

III.   restatement of evidence B

  1. support evidence B
  2. support evidence B
  3. support evidence B
  4. summary / conclusion to para III
  5. RETATEMENT of ANTITHESIS / COUNTERCLAIM
  6. support antithesis /counterclaim
  7. support antithesis /counterclaim
  8. support antithesis /counterclaim
  9. summary / conclusion to para IV
  10. CONCLUSION
  11. concluding statement
  12. concluding statement
  13. concluding statement
  14. summary / conclusion to essay

Creating a writing community

diary

A community works best if all members agree on the rules, regulations and policies that will govern the proceedings in which all participate.  To this end, you were asked to think critically about the most equitable practices to introduce into our class to ensure that things run in an orderly yet engaging manner.

Please transcribe the rules you have composed to a word processing document..  Then save the document to your Google drive.  Copy and paste the content of our document here.  We will then read each others’ suggestions, and decide upon a constitution of sorts for our class.

Thank you.

 

English is my Thinglish ::

Leaders make the horses drink. I only lead them to water that I am after to soothe my own thirst.

I believe that I lead by following. Especially in the classroom, when teaching others, or even while training my dog. My grandmother calls that lazy. I call that not leading at all, perhaps because I really am not a fan of leaders, and do not want to lead anyone. I can hardly lead my self.

This becomes a difficult proposition when my son is born. No spanking, no circumcision, no gender stereotypes, I preach to my husband.

In a classroom, it looks really lazy, like my grandmother said.

“What does the author mean when he refers to “snow bunnies?” I ask my class. Of course, I know that snow bunnies are cute, nubile females on ski slopes, après ski in the lodge, spending long weekends following the snow. I also…

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This I believe . . .

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Essay Guidelines
In a personal essay, write your own statement of personal belief. It should include self-reflections about your values, and state something you believe strongly.  Model your belief statement on the essays we have heard and read from the NPR collection. You may find “This I Believe” essay tips here: Essay Guidelines.
Review journal entries to find a possible topic for your essay.

Add your “This I Believe” essay here.

THE PROJECT:  Write an essay about something that you believe in fervently.

THE STEPS:  1. Reflect on the values that are meaningful to you, and define them on the Values Activity worksheet. 2. Complete the Important Moments activity by answering ten key questions about yourself. 3. Decide which b

My earliest remembered neighborhood . . .

eighborhood
What is the earliest neighborhood that you can recall? What do the people and houses look like? The streets, the scary places, the weird people. Describe the people and your neighborhood in rich detail, using imagery to bring to life the tactile feelings, the smells, sights, sounds, and tastes that you have experienced.

Transcribe your journal entries about the neighborhood by typing your memory in MS Word. Use your best grammar, punctuation and spelling. Have another friend peer-edit your writing by reading your memory. Then have that person suggest changes or point out problems they notice with the writing. Once you have a final version, copy and paste your memory here to this blog entry’s COMMENTS.