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“Hate, it has created a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” ~Maya Angelou

Creative Writing 1 ~ Begin class with a 10-minute free write.  Collect November Writer’s Notebooks.  Read Anne-Marie Pace’s book Vampirina Ballerina.  Distribute the AuthorSpeak 2nd period teacher permission forms.  Begin more poetry discussions.  Discuss the handouts Things to Remember, Poetry Examples, Poetry Checklist, Poetry Rubric, and Trusting Words.  HW: Write a Trusting Words poem we will share next class.

Creative Writing 2, 3, 4 ~ Return graded writer’s notebooks.  Begin class with a 10-minute free write.  Check for completed close reading of Rime of the Ancient Mariner.  Share your idea for your ballad story.  Is this a story (true or not) that is known elsewhere in the world.  Listen to Johnny Cash’s song, “The Ballad of Ira Hayes.”  What are the ballad characteristics found in this song?  Write your own ballad which is due next class.  HW: Write a minimum 8 stanza ballad using the following elements: iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter, abcb rhyme scheme.


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