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!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Creating your characters

Today you will begin creating the main characters for your novel. You are going to fill out "character questionnaires" for your protagonist, antagonist, and at least one supporting character. These questionnaires need to be completed and shared with me in Google Docs by Wednesday. To accomplish this task, follow the instructions below:

1. Go to your Google Drive and open our view only shared folder called "English 14-15." If you cannot see this folder, let me know. Inside, there is a folder called NaNoWriMo, the Character Questionnaire is located in that folder.

2. Open the Character Questionnaire and make a copy. Name your copy "period# lastname firstname questionnaire" (for example: 1 Baker Laura questionnaire) and share it with me (

 3. Type your responses in bold or a different color to make them easier to read.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Selecting your NaNoWriMo word count goal (and a place to browse for ideas)

Choosing the right word count goal for YOU is an important part of NaNoWriMo. Don't worry about what your friends are a goal that is challenging, yet attainable for YOU!

Take a minute and ask yourself the following questions:
1)    Do you enjoy writing? Do you feel comfortable and confident in your writing ability?
2)    Do you feel like you need to be challenged more in English class or is English a difficult subject for you? (Consider your current grade.)

I do not feel comfortable writing and am feeling VERY nervous about this assignment.  English is pretty hard for me. I don't mind having a very small novel and potentially earning a lower grade.

I am an OK writer and I am doing decently in English class. I need a little bit of a challenge.
I love writing and have been really excited about the idea of writing my own novel. I am ready for a big challenge!




Now that you have selected and entered your word count goal into NaNoWriMo, you hopefully have a pretty good idea of what your novel is going to be about. We start prewriting on Monday, so you'll need to have some solid ideas by then. If you are still stumped, try browsing some of your classmates ideas to draw some inspiration.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Your Model Novel

Today you brought to class your "model novel" -- a novel that you've read, enjoyed, and know well. Today you are going to examine the parts of that novel to draw some inspiration for the novel that YOU will be writing during the month of November. Click here to tell me about your model novel.

After you submit the form, you are going to write a "Book Talk Teaser" about your model novel on the left side of page 11 in you interactive notebook (under your quick write). Don't worry, this isn't a whole book review, but more like a movie trailer for your model novel; it gives just enough information to leave the audience wanting more! Take a look at this example about the novel The Great Wide Open.

Kenny Kolodny, the main character of Kevin Canty’s novel Into the Great Wide Open, has some serious problems. His mom is in a mental hospital. His dad drinks too much and then has a stroke. Kenny doesn’t have much hope for the future, that is, until he meets Junie Williamson. Junie lives in a fancy house with her very successful parents, and her life seems perfect—but Kenny knows it isn’t, because Junie has a problem that even her parents can’t ignore. For a while Kenny and Junie’s adventures provide an escape they both need; sooner or later though, both of them have to face reality. Will they be able to do it together?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Your "perfect book" plan

As we prepare to write our own novels during NaNoWriMo in the month of November, we are going to start thinking about what makes a novel great. Today, you and your partner (who you chose yesterday) are going to be brainstorming what makes a "perfect" book. The book you brainstorm today DOES NOT have to be the same as the novel that you write for NaNoWriMo...but if you love it, you can certainly use it! You and your partner will share one computer and fill out one form together. When you are ready to begin, click here.

After you submit your form, you will have about 10 minutes to complete some other business in the library.
1) Check out a new independent reading book if you need one. Remember, you will be responsible for writing a book review about it later!
2) You need to bring a "model novel" (a novel that you have read, enjoyed, and know well) with you to class tomorrow. If you don't own your model novel, you can check it out while you are here.
3) Return your group novel (unless you are saving it to use as your model novel tomorrow).