English/Language Arts IV
Daily Journal (15-20 min per day)
You get better at writing, by writing.
If you can watch Dear Dreamer video (link is below). He is one of our upcoming authors. Your first journal entry can be responses/thoughts/feelings about what comes up in that video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koEawIKdqtI
It's free writing, so it is not meant to be perfect. Just write, as if you were explaining your ideas to a friend. A friend who wants to hear everything you have to say.
Set a timer and write straight for 15 min, the next week, 16, then 17 and go building from there. (If you are slow, or spacey, maybe start with 20. If you drifted off, reset your timer. Stay focused.)
WRITE 2/3 - FULL PAGE, EVERY DAY. You can do that! Remember, these can be on anything, including thoughts and ideas about upcoming assignments.
After you do 4 of them, choose one to ReWrite. Edit and make it a polished piece. (So, M-Th free write, F do your rewrite.) The rewrite is a piece of writing that is more complete. It has been checked word for word. Ideas make sense and are in order, spelling errors and grammar are fixed.
1 set of 4 Free Writes, plus 1 Free Write to ReWrite per week. Continue for the following weeks.
Also, below is a link for 650 writing prompts to help you if you are feeling stuck. Remember, you can write through anything. YOU get to choose the topic, so write about things that are important to you. Tell about your day, something funny, things you observe, through all your senses.
Another thing to work on regularly is:
An Encyclopedia of a Rez Life
This is a creative writing assignment. We are building our OWN encyclopedia. Use your observational skills, your humor, creativity and insight. Think of it as part Diary, part Encyclopedia.
- 4 entries per letter. (except maybe the letters X and Z).
- 2 positive entries per letter as a general guideline. I know life on the Rez can be really hard and a lot of difficult things happen, but good things happen too, so we want to write about that as well. We want to keep it balanced overall...the hard times and the good times.
- Choose your favorite entry for every letter and **** it. This will go in our collective Encyclopedia.
- Some entries will be longer than others naturally and you don't have to give all the details of Reservation life. Consider that someone who has never been here could enjoy learning about it and someone who lives here would identify with it and enjoy some good laughs or insights.
-If you write about anybody or use anybody's name, it has to be respectful. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Here's what I'm working on for my entries to give you an example. I still have lots to fill in, and some of my entries will definitely be longer:
Cho “Cho-snazz”, “Lila-cho”, “Ata-cho”, “Lila-cho-snazz”
E, Eee, Eeeeee, Eez, Eeez-uh - Varying degrees of annoyance. The longer the “e” sound or the more emphasized the “z-uh”, the more annoyed someone is, and the funnier it gets.
Everyday - Everyday, it’s beautiful here. Sometimes it’s way too cold to appreciate it. Other days, we may be way too stressed to notice it…. But it’s beautiful, for sure, every day.
Flooded - when you want to get your mail in Kyle, be prepared to maneuver through a flooded parking area.
Fry Bread - my (fill in the black) makes theeee best fry bread…. Add to story here.
GGe’, Gee, Geeeee, Geeee-zuh - (like Eee, Eeeee, Eez, Eeez-uh, but varying degrees of wonder.)
Opinion Writing section. Be sure to start with the 4 square discussion, then your pre-writes.
Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds and do the worksheets attached, or preferably the ones in Google Classroom, which is different, so if you can, use that set up. If you can't, don't worry. (It can still be handwritten.)
Remember - this is weeks worth of work. It's meant to be completed, but definitely not all at once.
(I may include information for Sacred Hoops later. For now though, concentrate your efforts here.)