July 19th, 2019
“I’ll show thee the best springs. I’ll pluck thee berries.
I’ll fish for thee and get thee wood enough.
A plague upon the tyrant that I serve!
I’ll bear him no more sticks, but follow thee,
Thou wondrous man.”
-Shakespeare, The Tempest
This quote has been explored, but take this into account: How do we know that someone is ‘better’ than us? Smarter than us? Someone to look up to and admire? What does our submission say about ourselves?
30 minutes of silent reading, then quote analysis.
So we will read a little bit of act three and I will tell you about some of the themes.
Also, you will start act four, and we will go over that.
But first: Vocabulary test #3
July 18th, 2019
|“Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve; / And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, / Leave not a rack behind. / We are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep.”|
|Silent reading 30 minutes|
|Quote Journals / Daily discussion|
|We will finish off act two together and then you can work on act three after I explain it a little bit.|
|Then we will start act 3.|
July 17th, 2019
“You taught me language, and my profit on’t / Is, I know how to curse”
Silent reading 30 minutes
Quote journals / daily discussion
Let’s finish off act 1 together, then after that, you will start act 2 and complete the questions.
We will try and get through act 2 today in class.
July 16th, 2019
“…and then, in dreaming, / The clouds methought would open and show riches / Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked / I cried to dream again.”
Silent reading 30 minutes.
Quote journals / Daily discussion
I will finish the powerpoint for the Tempest.
Here are the questions for the entire play that I would like for you to do. I will hand them out as hard copies.
Now here is the general plan for the next 4 days:
- You will read the assigned pages and answer the questions. This will take 1 hour.
- We will re-read the pages together and I will go into depth with some passages that are crucial to the themes in the play.
Let’s try this today! That means, you have reading, speaking and writing skills for full comprehension of a very challenging text.
July 15th, 2019
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!”
Silent reading 30 minutes
Quote journals / daily discussion
Vocabulary Week 3 (15 minutes)
Musical Mondays #3
Here’s the thing: Today I’d like for you to get in groups and talk about your own Musical Mondays that you’ll be presenting starting next week. Here is the rubric / details:
If we have time, I have a 30 minute lecture:
Shakespeare’s Tempest Introduction:
July 12th, 2019
“As time goes on, you’ll understand. What lasts, lasts; what doesn’t, doesn’t. Time solves most things. And what time can’t solve, you have to solve yourself.”
Silent Reading 30 minutes
Quote analysis – daily discussion / journal reflections
You have the rest of the day today to really dig in to your stories. If you’d like for Gary or myself to look at what you’re writing. If you do it all now, use this time well, then you can have a free no homework weekend.
Let’s do it!
July 11th, 2019
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Silent reading for 30 minutes.
How far are you on your stories? Today we will be doing a peer edit of your colleagues. Then after that, you can start working on your second draft. I have a peer editing sheet that I will print out. You will have to read two stories in order to both get your own ideas and help others.
This above is a re-post from yesterday. I will go over it with you in class.
July 10th, 2019
“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”
Silent reading for 30 minutes – small discussion on ideas so far in your books.
Quote analysis and response for today.
This is a day for ‘workshop’ – where you can write down your first drafts of a story on to paper. Please don’t come to me for an ‘idea’ please come me to help you with an idea you already have. this means – you commit to an idea, and you follow through with it.
This is the specific criteria:
Here are some ideas to get you started:
And here are the constituents that you should be including;
Please write your first draft on paper and pen! This will be included in the final. I have paper.
July 9th, 2019
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
1st day of independent reading. 30 minutes of pure silence.
Here is the final:
Let’s get the first line of your short story. So many times people say “I don’t have any ideas Mr Purdy!”
I say to them “Shut your mouth. Everyone has an idea – they just block themselves off.”
I’ll prove it to you.
Let’s do these steps:
Idea generation through fractured narrative:
- find an ‘artifact’ in your bag.
- Put it in the center table.
- We’ll do a quick Kinesthetic warm up so you can get rid of your egos
- Focus on an object.
- Quietly go back to your desks, don’t talk to anyone else about anything
- Write for five minutes about the artifact
- Come back into the circle
- One word that comes to mind from your story ‘word ball’
- Go back to your story and circle key words
- Export these chosen words to another piece of paper and reorder them as a poem
- Make a physical emblem from these poems
July 8th, 2019
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
We will go get your books for the independent reading today. Everyone should stay close with me and let me know where you are at all times. If there is anyone without money, let me know so that we can stop off at the library as well.
Here is the 2nd Vocabulary for the week to study:
Have a book by the end of class so that I can write it down!
When we get back, we have Musical Mondays #2
Same thing with the paragraphs: Keep up that structure. It will get easier.
I’ll hand back your papers at the end of class.
July 5th, 2019
“No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.”
Vocabulary Quiz #1
In Class writing
Next week, we will be creating our own story. You will have much of the week to do it. Yet Monday and predominately on Tuesday, I will be doing a workshop / little tricks to make you come up with a good idea. We will use what is called “Performative learning” to make you come up with a line and connection to your piece (that is no more than 1500 words, due Friday)
1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”
2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”
3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”
4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”
5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”
6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”
7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”
9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”
10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”
11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”
12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”
13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”
14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”
15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”
16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”
17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”
18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”
19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”
20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”
From this source:
July 4th, 2019
“The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can’t be learned at school.”
Let’s do the paragraph together. If you have finished, then I’d like for you to share. If you haven’t, then I’d like for you to finish – one sentence at a time, then share.
Notes from yesterday’s class: Notes for A Small Good THing
We will read a much shorter story today. It’s called The Second Bakery Attack.
Monday, we will have a little field trip to Chapters. Bring 20 dollars. (Price of 2 burgers at Triple O’s.) Think about what you want to read. Talk to me about it.
We will work on another theme paragraph today.
- Vocab test #1
2. In class paragraph on story of your choice.
July 3rd, 2019
“It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we’re talking about when we talk about love.”
Above is the 1st quote. Here are the instructions for it:
This is usually how you formally analyze a piece when your teacher tells you to do a ‘reflection’. Here is an example from one of my grade 12 students:
Today, we will start learning some short stories – but not how you’ve been doing them up until now.
Analysis of a story is where you look deeply at a certain part of the piece and discuss it. It’s called “microscopic reading” – you’d be very interested to see what the human mind misses as we read.
These are the notes we have finished together today:
We’ll do this longer story together. Remember that there will be words that you don’t understand. It’s all good. Just ask.
A paragraph rubric. We’ll look over your MM Paragraph.
Rubric – Literary Paragraph
|You need work (0-2)||You’re on your way (3-4)||You got it! (5-6)|
|Vocabulary is colloquial / informal and inappropriate for lit. paragraphs
To many or too little transition words that hinder flow
No or unfocused thesis
Body gets off topic and hardly relates to the thesis
There is no or poorly written conclusion or introduction sentence evident in the work
Quotations (textual evidence) are either too many or too little and / or not embedded well
Not present tense and has I pronoun
7- ∞ grammar mistakes
|Vocabulary is adequate for your level
Transition words are present and used sparingly
Body ties in to thesis statement with surface level insight
There is a passable intro and conclusion that paraphrases what has been stated
Quotations are used and are basically tied to the thesis. Minor inconsistencies
Present tense – sometimes awkward
3-6 grammar mistakes
|Vocabulary is advanced and rich in variety
Appropriate transitions that add to flow and continuity of the essay
Thesis is strong and focused
Body relates directly to thesis statement with in depth analysis
Concluding / introductory sentence that embodies entire thesis, leaving a strong impression on the reader.
Quotations (2-3) are embedded in the paragraph and provide a clear connection to the thesis
Present tense and appropriate pronoun usage throughout
0-3 Grammar mistakes
July 2nd, 2019
Welcome to my class! My name is Mr. Purdy.
This is the syllabus, explaining everything we are doing this semester:
My expectations are clear: Do your work, don’t use cellphones, talk respectfully.
Let’s go over this.
To start, we will be going over a summer semester long unit called Musical Mondays. This unit will focus on thematic paragraphs. By the end of the semester you will find your own songs and present them to the class.
Here’s the information:
And the first one:
We’ll go over paragraphs tomorrow if we have time.
Vocabulary for this week:
I’ll explain this as well.