Friday, October 31, 2014

AoW or catch up

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow.....are you ready?!

First, please sign in to your NaNoWriMo account (and bookmark it). I want you to make sure that you are able to access you account, and that you have properly updated your word count goal. If you are still unsure about your goal, refer back to this chart.

Then, you have some options. You can either:

1. Use today as a catch up day to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Go back and put finishing touches on your character questionnaire, creating conflict, or plot description. Perhaps practice writing some possible beginnings or dialogue for your novel. Make sure all of your NaNoWriMo documents are shared with me. Remember, anytime you want me to consider regrading something, you must follow the revision protocol.


2. If you feel like you are completely caught up and ready to roll for tomorrow, complete an article of the week for extra credit. I will only accept extra credit if ALL of your other work is complete.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

How do I begin my novel?

1. First things first...our dialogue quiz! Click here to take your quiz.

2. After you finish your quiz, you need to create a very important document to share with me...the document where you will type your novel! Inside the NaNoWriMo folder of our shared English folder, you will find a document called "NaNoWriMo Template." As always, make a copy, rename it properly (period lastname firstname NaNoWriMo Template), and then immediately share it back with me.

3. Your next book review is due November 14! Please take a moment and quickly fill out this Google form, informing me about what book you will be reviewing.

4. Not sure how to begin your novel? With a partner you will read and analyze some mentor texts to see how they chose to begin their novels. Click here to complete this assignment with your table partner.

5. Now that you have read several models of how to begin a novel, begin your own! In the NaNoWriMo document that you created and shared earlier today, practice beginning your own novel based off of one of the models you liked. You may even want to try a few different kinds of beginnings and choose the one that comes out best. Remember, we OFFICIALLY begin NaNoWriMo on Saturday November 1!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

More dialogue practice

Today we are going to practice more dialogue writing.

1.We'll start with a practice quiz. This quiz is only three questions, but it is very similar to your quiz on Thursday. Click here to begin the quiz.

2. Now, we'll practice dialogue writing with a series of challenges. Open a new Google Doc and title it "Dialogue Practice." You DO NOT need to share this with me (we are going to share using a different program). Once you've created the document, wait for verbal instructions.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Preparing for the dialogue quiz

Punctuating dialogue quiz is this Thursday (10/30). If you missed today's lesson, or want to review for the quiz, the dialogue Power Point is now visible in our shared English folder in your Google Drive.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Outlining your plot

Yesterday your created a "plot roller coaster," now you are going to go into a little more depth about the plot of your novel. Go to our shared folder in Google Drive and open the document titled "Plot Description." Make a copy, name it period last name plot description (ie: 2 Baker Laura plot description), and share it back with me by the end of the weekend.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Plot "roller coaster" (and a quiz)

I hope you read about Boris and Abigail's story in our English shared folder (last night's homework). We are going to begin today with a very brief "pop quiz" to make sure you understand the elements of plot. The document you were suppose to read has been temporarily removed from your shared folder, but it will return after the quiz. Take your quiz here.  Then, follow the jump for the rest of today's lesson.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Creating Conflict

So now you know who your characters are....great! Today you are going to determine how those characters are going to interact by creating the conflict in your novel. Go to your Google Drive and open our shared English 14-15 folder. Find the document titled "Creating Conflict" inside the NaNoWriMo folder. Make your own copy and name it: period# lastname fistname conflict (ie: 2 Baker Laura conflict). Then, share it back with me ( This assignment is due tomorrow, Thursday 10/23.

HOMEWORK (Hint...get it done now if you can!): Read through the .pdf document in our shared English folder titled "outlining_your_plot." Be prepared to discuss tomorrow...and a possible pop quiz!