Thursday, Oct. 1st


Read the following poems and look for writing style and structure. Check out how these poets write about food.

Your turn! Write a free verse poem that describes your experience with food. See the food on the table for inspiration. Play with structure and word choice. Put this under “prompts” in One Note.

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Misplaced and Dangling Modifers– we will have a “quiz” on this skill tomorrow. It is NOT for marks!! But depending how you do, you may want to add this to your “goals” for your final portfolio. If you need to practice more, show me by the end of the semester that you have mastered the skill.


Wednesday, Sept. 30th

  1. Orange Shirt Day
  2. Break
  3. Watch Spoken Word videos
  4. Prompt: choose one of the following ideas to write about in OneNote under Prompts
    1. Canada can do better at….
    2. A four line “riff” poem
      1. find one image or one line from the video you chose
      2. Copy that line into OneNote under prompts (yes, you will have two prompts today)
      3. Add three more lines to create a stanza for another poem. Follow the structure (eg. if it has rhyme, make it have rhyme. If it has rhythm, make it  have rhythm. You are “riffing” off someone else’s work)
  5. Work on Spoken Word

Monday, Sept. 28th

  1. Quiz on figurative devices
  2. When you are done, here is the writing prompt for today:
  3. And why….. explain why these songs are on your soundtrack.
  4. Misplaced Modifiers: Grammar Bytes
  5. Break
  6. Spoken Word

    What makes spoken word? Generate a list on the board.

    You will perform a spoken word on either Monday the 5th or Tuesday the 6th of next week. No memorization needed.

    This is NOT for marks!! As a class, you will generate a list of criteria that must be adhered to. As a class, you will choose your top three poets and they will get a “you are a poet and didn’t know it” prize. The assessment will come in your final portfolio and that will be based on growth and process. (Keep track of your drafts😊 . There is no assessment because I want you to take risks and explore new ideas and new presentation methods. When you are done your spoken word, you will reflect on these risks… spell out what you did so we can discuss in our conferencing.

    Homework: find a spoken word video of your choice. Send me the link before 9am tomorrow with a short write up of why you like it based on the criteria we generated.

Thursday, September 24th

  1. Creative expression (mood)
  2. Prompt for the day: friendship
  3. Break
  4. Remember there is a quiz on Monday on the definition of the poetic devices. It will be based on Quizlet (I create the test on Quizlet) with a mix of definitions, terms, multiple choice, written, and true or false.
  5. Downtown Life During the 2010 Olympics
    1. analyze for figurative devices

Wednesday, September 23rd

Figurative Devices review and creation.

Here is a compelation of the reflections for the creative process: read when you have a moment.

Create a group poem with a topic randomly chosen from the cards. Each person is asked to create a line that includes the following devices for their line:

  • Alliteration, consonance, metaphor, hyperbole
  • Simile, assonance, allusion, euphony
  • Symbol, Cacophony, personification, synecdoche
  • Onomatomania, metonymy, oxymoron, end rhyme

“Sleepless in Yaletown” by Evelyn Lau

Find all the figurative devices in the poem.

Monday, September 21st

  • Prompt of the day: competition 
    • please write for 20 minutes non-stop in OneNote. You can write anything you want and grammar does NOT count
  • Storytelling circle
  • Break
  • Portfolio
  • Goal setting: I distributed some goal setting questions under “reflections” in OneNote. Please finish by tomorrow. This is a mandatory part of your portfolio so do it!!

Friday, September 18th

Today you  will read about an author’s creative writing journey and a bit about her process. I am hoping you will get a bit of an understanding of the life of an author. Although the Introduction to her novel is long, it is an easy and fun read.

Instructions: Due Monday 9:00 am 


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Do the following accompanying assignment. We will go over your answers on Monday. The file is in TEAMS as you will get completion marks for it. This assignment is aimed at increasing your vocabulary, understanding the use of allusions, and analyzing for meaning.

Thursday, September 17th

Today we will continue to work on understanding the creative process.

First, we will rate the creative characters. Choose 3 that you like and give them a rating of 1-5 (1 meaning they are developing their skills, and 5 meaning they are top of their game).

When complete, talk to the people in your group about your creative process. (as posted in your reflection).

After we are done the 3D model of your solution, please finish the reflection on design thinking and “hand in” on Teams.