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Fourth Quarter Journal Assignments

Week of 6/11

6/13:  (#9)  Type up a poem you wrote this quarter.  Bring to class for revision activities.
6/12: 
(#8)  Complete your Overall Assessment.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.   Bring your journal, example papers and final exam (and anything you will need to finish the final) to the exam period Tuesday June 19.
6/11:  (#7) Assess your journal.  Refer to the Journal Grading Criteria and follow the scoring guidelines.  Remember to be specific.   Number Your Journal Entries!

Week of 6/4

6/7:  (#6)   Complete the Course Evaluation section of your Self-Evaluation.  This section has two parts: the introduction to the course and the course itself.  Follow the guidelines.  (Count this as two entries.)
6/6: 
(#5)  Prepare a best draft of your short story to hand in Thursday.
6/5:  (#4) Remember to bring 3 copies of your short story to class for proofreading groups.  Assess your five goals.  Following the Scoring Guidelines criteria.  Be sure to give yourself a grade for your goals progress and say how many papers you have included to illustrate your progress.   (Counts as 2 entries)
6/4:  (#3) Write a plausible alternate ending for your short story.

Week of 5/29

5/31:  (#2)  Complete your Class Participation self-assessment.  Follow the scoring guidelines.  Be specific.
5/29:   (#1)  Prepare a typed, complete short story draft to share in class on Wednesday.
Journal Collection #2

Week of 5/21

5/25:  (#12) Number your journal entries and prepare the journal to hand in Tuesday.  Spend another 20 minutes on your story or choose a different idea and write a 20-minute draft.
5/24:  (#11)  Free Choice.
5/23:  (#10)  Choose one of your story ideas and write a 20-minute draft or choose one of your starts and develop it for another 20 minutes.
5/22:  (#9) Free choice.
5/21: 
(#8) Read your short story article.  Plan a 5-10 minute summary to present to your group on Tuesday.  Leave evidence in your journal.  Note whether you read the short article ("Plot, the Bones of a Story" = one journal entry), the medium article ("The Lingerie Theory of Narration" = two journal entries) or the long article ("Writing Short Stories" = three journal entries).

Week of 5/14

5/16:  (#7) Choose one of your short story starts or story ideas and prepare a draft to read in your writing group tomorrow.
5/15:  (#6) Read "What Dialogue Can Do For Your Story."  Write one typed page of dialogue.
5/14:  (#5) Find an excellent short short story.  Staple it into your journal.  Write an entry focused on the techniques, form ideas and story ideas that make it excellent.  Look for ideas you can use.

Week of 5/7:

5/11:  (#4) Assess your performance so far for the quarter.  Look at your class participation, your journal and your progress toward your goals.  Give yourself a grade for each area and an overall grade.  Justify each grade and provide examples.  Email me a copy at JPowers@region9ps.org and staple a copy in your journal.
5/10:  (#3) Read "Reviewed with the Feature Article."  Prepare your FA final copy to hand in tomorrow.  Staple a copy in your journal.  Hand a copy to me.
5/9:  (#2) Revise your feature article incorporating feedback from your conference, the workshops, the alternate ending, etc.  Staple a copy in your journal and bring three copies to class Thursday for editing conferences.
5/7:  (#1)  Read "The Last Word."  Write an alternate ending for your feature article.
Journal Collection #1

Week of 4/30


5/4:  (#11)  Free Choice.  Number your journal entries and asterisk one for me to read.
Journals collection Monday, May, 7.
5/3:  (#10)  Prepare your feature article draft to share in class.  Staple a copy into your journal.
5/2:  (#9) Plan and conduct your interview.  Leave some evidence in your journal.
5/1:  (#8) Read "Ten Tips for a Better Interview."  (Link at http://www.concernedjournalists.org/node/94)   Highlight or underline important lines, write notes in the margin, staple it into your journal or otherwise leave some evidence of your reading in your journal.

Week of 4/23

4/27:  (#7)  Select your feature article question and brainstorm a list of ten to twenty smaller questions you'd like to cover during your interview.
4/26:  (#6)  Free Choice.
4/25:  (#5)  Find a feature article you think is excellent.  Staple a copy in your journal and write a 15-minute entry why technique-wise, form-wise and/or idea-wise, it is excellent.
4/24:  (#4)  Revise your poem and staple a copy in your journal or free choice.
4/23:  (#3)  Make a list of ten possible topics/questions for your feature article.

Week of 4/9

4/13: Enjoy the vacation.  Keep your ears, eyes and nose open.  Collect ideas.
4/11:  (#2) Set five writing goals for the second quarter.  They may be a combination of old goals, revised goals and/or new goals.
4/10:  (#1)  Type up a poem you wrote this semester.  Staple a copy in your journal and bring a copy to class for revision activities.

Third Quarter Journal Assignments


4/9:  Prepare your midterm self-evaluation with example papers and your journal to hand in tomorrow.

Week of 4/2

4/5:  (#15)  Complete your Overall Assessment.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.
4/4:  (#14)  Number your out-of-class journal entries.  Assess your journal.  Refer to the Journal Grading Criteria and follow the scoring guidelines.  Remember to be specific.
4/3(#13)  Assess the course (most effective parts, least effective and suggestion for improvement) and assess the sentence variety activities (most effective parts, least effective and suggestion for improvement).  Follow the scoring guidelines.  (Counts as 2 entries.)

Week of 3/26

3/30:  (#12) Assess your remaining two goals using the terms significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor.  Select a paper for each goal.  Give yourself a grade for goals progress and note whether you have five pieces to illustrate your progress.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.
3/29:  (#11) Revise your position paper making sure you include and note at least 6 of the 8 sentences types.    Hand in one copy on Friday and staple another copy into your journal.
3/28:  (#10)  Spend at least 20 minutes improving the research base for your position papers.  Conduct a survey or an interview, find a personal story to make the problem vivid to a reader, find a powerful statistic or expert quote, explain a current even that puts the issue in context, etc.  Add the research to your paper and bring three clean "best" copies of your position paper to share in proofreading groups tomorrow.  
3/27:  (#9) Revise your position paper draft incorporating ideas from the looping exercises and from your conference. 
3/26:  (#8) Assess three of your goals using the terms significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor.  Select a paper for each goal that illustrates your progress.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.

Week of 3/19

3/23:  (#7Prepare a complete, typed position paper draft for class on Monday.
3/21:  (#6) Complete the Class Participation part of the midterm self-evaluation.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines closely.  Give specific examples.
3/20:  (#5) Read the rest of "How to Say Nothing in 500 Words."  Write a five-minute summary and then write three or four ideas you want to remember for future use.
3/19:  (#4) Reread, revise, rewrite, & edit your position paper about arranged marriages.  Hand a copy in Thursday.  Leave evidence of your work in your journal.  Or continue working on your own position paper draft (or start a new one.)

Week of 3/12

3/14:  (#3)  Prepare for your timed-writing position paper about divorce and or arranged marriages.  Leave some evidence in your journal.  Or if you are all ready choose a topic from your list of position paper topics and write a twenty-minute draft.
3/12:  (#2) Make a list of 10 possible fresh topics for your position paper.  Next to each item on the list examples, arguments, reasons, etc. you might use in each essay.

Week of 3/5

3/9:  (#1)  Find a position paper that you feel is excellent.  Staple it into your journal and write an entry about what makes it excellent.  Look for position paper ideas, form ideas and techniques you could use in your own position paper.

Journal Collection #2:  Eleven Entries

3/7:  (#11) Read the first half (to the bottom of p. 266) of "How to Say Nothing in 500 Words."  Write a five-minute summary and then write about a paper you wrote that said nothing in 500 words.

Prepare your journal for collection #2.  Remember to number your out-of-class entries through 3/7. Journals Due: Thursday 3/9.

3/5:  (#10)  Write five to ten detailed descriptions using only sensory description: sight, sound, smell, feel and taste.  Use at least three senses and a metaphor or simile in each but do not explain or interpret.

Week of 2/26

3/1:  (#9) Assess your performance in the course so far.  Look at your class participation, your journal and your progress toward your goals.  Give yourself a grade for each area and an overall grade.  Justify each grade and provide examples.  Email me a copy at JPowers@region9ps.org and staple a copy in your journal.
2/28:  (#8) Revise your personal essay one last time incorporating all useful feedback.  Staple a best copy in your journal.  Hand in another copy on Thursday, 3/29.
2/27:  (#7) Read "Between a Comma and  a Period."  Revise your essay adding at least one semi-colon and at least four of the six sentence types we have looked at.  Staple a copy in your journal and bring three clean "best"  copies to proofread tomorrow in class.

Week of 2/12

2/16:  (#6)  Read "How Not to Write a Sentence."  Choose the three sins you most often commit and revise your personal essay for those sins.
2/13:  (#5)  Revise your personal essay incorporating any ideas from the lateral revision activities and/or your conference.  Staple a copy of this improved draft in your journal.  Or finish your litany or write another one.
2/12:  (#4) Complete the change of form or audience exercise or finish one of the other lateral revision activities started in class.


Week of 2/5

2/9:  (#3) Prepare a complete, typed personal essay draft for class Monday.  Staple one copy in your journal and bring another to class.
2/8:  (#2) Read "An Interview with an Admissions Officer."  Write a five-minute first reaction.  Write a for another five minutes beginning with "On the other hand ..." and look at the article from a different perspective.
2/7 (#1) Staple a personal essay that you think is excellent into your journal.  Write about the qualities (ideas, form, techniques, etc.) that make it excellent.
Journal Collect #1: 9 entries

2/6 (#9)  Write ten descriptions starting with "I see..."  or "I saw....".  Use visual descriptions and at least two other senses (sound, smell, taste, touch).  Do not use metaphor or interpretation.  Number your out-of-class entries and asterisk one entry you want me to read.  I will also read your goals and one other entry.  Journals Due: Wednesday 2/7.

Week of 1/29

2/2:   (#8) Revise your five goals for variety (skill, product, process, mechanical or attitude goals) Or choose one of you essay starts and continue it for 20-minutes.  Or start an essay on a new topic. 
2/1:   (#7)  Write five writing goals for yourself for the quarter.  Write down two or three things you will do to achieve each goal.
1/31:  (#6) Write ten descriptions starting with "I see..."  or "I saw....".  Use only visual descriptions and do not use metaphor or interpretation.
1/30:  (#5) Read "That Crucial First Draft."  Highlight ten important or interesting lines.  Select one as the most important or most interesting and write a seven-minute journal entry explaining why.
1/29:  (#4) Reflect on the process of completing the writing sample.  What was difficult?  What worked?  What didn't?  Use the writing sample as a starting place to write about the conditions in which you do your best writing and your worst.

Week of 1/22


1/26:  (#3) Reread, revise or rewrite your writing sample.  Leave evidence in your journal.  Or write a 20 minute draft on another topic.
1//24:  (#2) Prepare for the writing sample.  Leave some evidence of your planning in your journal (a draft, a list, a web, notes, etc.).
1/23:  (#1) Make a list of the qualities of good writing.








Second Quarter Journal Assignments

Week of 1/8


1/12:  (#10)  Complete your Overall Assessment.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.   Bring your journal, example papers and final exam (and anything you will need to finish the final) to the exam period Thursday 1/18.
1/11:
(#9) Type up a poem you wrote this quarter.  Bring to class for revision activities.
1/9:  (#8) Assess your journal.  Refer to the Journal Grading Criteria and follow the scoring guidelines.  Remember to be specific.   Number Your Journal Entries!
1/8:  (#7)   Complete the Course Evaluation section of your Self-Evaluation.  This section has two parts: the introduction to the course and the course itself.  Follow the guidelines.  (Count this as two entries.)

Week of 1/2

1/5:  (#6)  Prepare a best draft of your short story to hand in Monday.
1/4:  (#5) Remember to bring 3 copies of your short story to class for proofreading groups.  Assess your remaining two goals.  Following the Scoring Guidelines criteria.  Be sure to give yourself a grade for your goals progress and say how many papers you have included to illustrate your progress.
1/3:  (#4) Write a plausible alternate ending for your short story.
1/2:  (#3) Assess three of your goals using the terms significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor.  Select a paper for each goal that illustrates your progress.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.

Week of 12/18

12/21:  Be a writer:  Keep your ears, eyes and nose open. Collect ideas.
12/20:  (#2)  Prepare a typed, complete short story draft to share in class on Wednesday.
Journal Collection #2

12/19:   (#1)  Complete your Class Participation self-assessment.  Follow the scoring guidelines.  Be specific.
Go to the website, copy the last twelve Journals Assignments and staple a copy in your journal.  Number your out-of-class entries.  Journals Due: Wednesday 12/20.
12/18:  (#12) Spend another 20 minutes on your story or choose a different idea and write a 20-minute draft.

Week of 12/11

12/15:  (#11)  Free Choice.
12/14:  (#10)  Choose one of your story ideas and write a 20-minute draft or choose one of your starts and develop it for another 20-minutes.
12/12:  (#9)  Read your short story article.  Plan a 5-10 minute summary to present to your group on Tuesday.  Leave evidence in your journal.
12/11:  (#8) Free Choice.

Week of 12/4

12/8:  (#7) Read "What Dialogue Can Do For Your Story."  Write one typed page of dialogue.
12/7:  (#6) Find an excellent short short story.  Staple it into your journal.  Write an entry focused on the techniques, form ideas and story ideas that make it excellent.  Look for ideas you can use.
12/6:  (#5) Finish postcard story or free choice.
12/5:  (#4) Read "Ponder the Plain Positive."  Prepare your FA final copy to hand in tomorrow.  Staple a copy in your journal.  Hand a copy to me.

Week of 11/27

12/1:  (#3) Revise your feature article incorporating feedback from your conference, the workshops, the alternate ending, etc.  Staple a copy in your journal and bring three copies to class Tuesday for editing conferences.
11/30:  (#2)  Briefly assess your performance in the course so far (in two paragraphs).  Look at your class participation, your journal and your progress toward your goals.  Give yourself a grade for each area and an overall grade.  Justify each grade and provide examplesEmail me a copy at JPowers@region9ps.org and staple a copy in your journal.
11/29:  (#1)  Read "The Last Word."  Write an alternate ending for your feature article.
Journal Collection #1
11/28:  (#12)  Free Choice.  Number your journal entries and asterisk one for me to read.
Journals collection Wednesday, November 29.

11/27:  (#11)  Prepare your feature article draft to share in class.  Staple a copy into your journal.

Week of 11/20

11/22:  (#10) Conduct your interview.  Leave some evidence in your journal. 
11/20:  (#9)
Read "Ten Tips for a Better Interview."  Leave some evidence in your journal.

Week of 11/13

11/17:  (#8)  Select your feature article question and brainstorm a list of smaller questions you'd like to cover during your interview.
11/16:  (#7)  Find a feature article you think is excellent.  Staple a copy in your journal and write a 15-minute entry why technique-wise, form-wise and/or idea-wise, it is excellent.
11/15:  (#6)  Make a list of ten possible topics/questions for your feature article.
11/14:  (#5)  Find a poem you think is excellent.  Staple a copy in your journal and write a 15-minute entry why technique-wise, form-wise and/or idea-wise, it is excellent.
11/13:  (#4)  Revise your poem and staple a copy in your journal or free choice.

Week of 11/6

11/8:  (#3) Free Choice.
11/7:  (#2) Type up a poem you wrote this semester.  Staple a copy in your journal and bring a copy to class for revision activities.
11/6: (#1) Set five writing goals for the second quarter.  They may be a combination of old goals, revised goals and/or new goals.



First Quarter Journal Assignments


Week of 10/30

11/3:  Observe.  Take notes.
11/2:  (#14)  Complete your Overall Assessment.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.
11/1:  (#13)  Number your out-of-class journal entries.  Assess your journal.  Refer to the Journal Grading Criteria and follow the scoring guidelines.  Remember to be specific. 
10/30:  (#12)  Type up a Works Cited page for your position paper.  Revise your position paper incorporating suggestions and corrections from my reading.  Hand in one copy (with Works Cited) and staple another copy in your journal.

Week of 10/23

10/27:  (#11)  Assess the course and assess the feedback you have received. (Counts as 2 entries.)  Follow the scoring guidelines.
10/26:  (#10)  Assess your remaining two goals using the terms significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor.  Select a paper for each goal.  Give yourself a grade for goals progress and note whether you have five pieces to illustrate your progress.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.
10/25:  (#9) Revise your position paper and hand in a copy on Thursday.  Staple another copy into your journal.
10/24:  (#8) Revise your position paper incorporating ideas from your peer conference.  Bring three clean copies to class tomorrow for peer proofreading.  Assess three of your goals using the terms significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor.  Select a paper for each goal that illustrates your progress.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines. (Count as two entries.)
10/23: (#7) Revise your position paper draft incorporating ideas from the looping exercises and from the workshop.  Bring a clean, revised copy to class tomorrow.

Week of 10/16

10/20:  (#6) Complete the Class Participation part of the midterm self-evaluation.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines closely.
10/19:  (#5Prepare a complete, typed position paper draft for class on Friday.
10/17:  (#4)  Choose a topic from your list of position paper topics and write a twenty-minute draft.

Week of 10/10

10/13:  (#3) Reread, revise, rewrite, & edit your position paper about arranged marriages.  Hand a copy in Thursday.  Leave evidence of your work in your journal.  Or continue working on your own position paper draft (or start a new one.)
10/12:  (#2)  Prepare for your timed-writing position paper about divorce and or arranged marriages.  Or if you are all ready choose a topic from your list of position paper topics and write a twenty-minute draft.
10/10:  (#1) Find a position paper that you feel is excellent.  Staple it into your journal and write an entry about what makes it excellent.  Look for position paper ideas, form ideas and techniques you could use in your own position paper.

Prepare your journal for collection #2.  Remember to
number your out-of-class entries through 10/6 and asterisk one entry you want me to read.  Journals Due: Thursday 10/12.

Week of 10/3

10/6:  (#11) Read the rest of "How to Say Nothing in 500 Words."  Write a five-minute summary and then write three or four ideas you want to remember for future use.
10/5:  (#10) Make a list of 10 possible fresh topics for your position paper.  Next to each item on the list examples, arguments, reasons, etc. you might use in each essay.
10/4:  (#9) Read the first half (to the bottom of p. 266) of "How to Say Nothing in 500 Words."  Write a five-minute summary and then write about a paper you wrote that said nothing in 500 words.
10/3: 
(#8)  Revise your personal essay one last time using teacher feedback.  Staple one "best" copy in your journal and hand another in tomorrow.

Week of 9/25

9/29:  (#7) Write five to ten detailed descriptions using only sensory description: sight, sound, smell, feel and taste.  Use at least three senses and a metaphor or simile in each but do not explain or interpret.
9/27:  (#6) Read "Between a Comma and  a Period."  Revise your essay adding at least one semi-colon.  Staple a copy in your journal and bring a clean "best"  copy to hand in on Friday.
9/26:  (#5) Assess your performance in the course so far.  Look at your class participation, your journal and your progress toward your goals.  Give yourself a grade for each area and an overall grade.  Justify each grade and provide examples.  Email me a copy at JPowers@region9ps.org and staple a copy in your journal.  Bring three clean copies of your personal essay to class tomorrow for peer editing.  (If you revise  it based on today's feedback, staple that revision into your journal and count it as an extra entry.)
9/25:  (#4) Read "How Not to Write a Sentence."  Choose the three sins you most often commit and revise your personal essay for those sins.  Revise your essay incorporating useful lateral or linear revision ideas and bring a clean, typed, "best" draft to class Tuesday for peer conferences.

Week of 9/18

9/22: (#3) Complete the change of form or audience exercise or revise your essay incorporating useful lateral revision ideas.
9/21: (#2) Prepare a complete, typed personal essay draft for class Thursday.  Staple one copy in your journal and bring another to class.
9/20:  (#1) Write ten descriptions starting with "I see..."  or "I saw....".  Use three or more senses but do not use metaphor or interpretation.

Journal Collection 9/18: 10 entries

Week of 9/11

9/15:  (#10) Revise your five goals for variety (skill, product, process, mechanical or attitude goals) Or choose one of you essay starts and continue it for 20 minutes.  Or start an essay on a new topic.  Number your out-of-class entries and asterisk one entry you want me to read.  I will also read your goals and one other entry.  Journals Due: Monday 9/18.
9/14:
(#9) Read "An Interview with an Admissions Officer."  Write a five-minute first reaction.  Write a for another five minutes beginning with "On the other hand ..." and look at the article from a different perspective.
9/13:  (#8)  Write five writing goals for yourself for the quarter.  Write down two or three things you will do to achieve each goal.
9/12:  (#7) Staple a personal essay that you think is excellent into your journal.  Write about the qualities (ideas, form, techniques, etc.) that make it excellent.
9/11:  (#6) Write ten descriptions starting with "I see..."  or "I saw....".  You may use one other sense but do not use metaphor or interpretation.

Week of 9/5

9/7:  (#5) Read "That Crucial First Draft."  Highlight ten important or interesting lines.  Select one as the most important or most interesting and write a seven-minute journal entry explaining why.
9/6:  (#4) Reflect on the process of completing the writing sample.  What was difficult?  What worked?  What didn't?  Write about the conditions in which you do your best writing and your worst.
9/5:  (#3) Reread, revise or rewrite your writing sample.  Leave evidence in your journal.  Or write a 20-minute draft on another topic.

Week of 8/31

9/1:  (#2) Prepare for the writing sample.  Leave some evidence of your planning in your journal (a draft, a list, a web, notes, etc.).
8/31: (#1) Make a list of the qualities of good writing.













Fourth Quarter Journal Assignments


Week of 6/13

6/15: (#10)  Assess your journal.  Refer to the Journal Grading Criteria and follow the scoring guidelines.  Remember to be specific.  Complete your Overall Assessment.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.  (Counts as 2 entries.)  Number Your Journal Entries!
6/14:  (#9) Revise and type up a poem you wrote this semester.
6/13:  (#8) Assess your remaining goals.  Following the Scoring Guidelines criteria.  Be sure to give yourself a grade for your goals progress and clearly state the number of papers you have included to illustrate your progress.

Week of 6/5

6/9:  (#7)  Prepare a best draft of your short story to hand in Tuesday.  Staple a copy in your journal.
6/8:  (#6) Revise your short story incorporating ideas from conferences, and class activities.  Bring four copies to class Friday for proofreading groups.
6/7:  (#5)  Write a plausible alternate ending for your short story.  Complete the Course Evaluation section of your Self-Evaluation.  This section has two parts: the introduction to the course and the course itself.  Follow the guidelines.  Use your midterm as a guide.  (Count this as two entries.)
6/6:  (#4)  Prepare a typed, complete short story draft to share in class on Wednesday.

Week of 5/30

6/2:  (#3) Assess three of your goals.  Assess each using the words significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor (or a 4-level equivalent) and point to a specific example for each goal.
6/1:  (#2)  Choose one of your story ideas and write a 20-minute draft or choose one of your starts and develop it for another 20-minutes. 
5/31:  #(1) Complete your Class Participation self-assessment.  Follow the scoring guidelines.  Be specific.
5/30: (#10) Read "What Dialogue Can Do For Your Story."  Write a one typed page scene of only of dialogue.

Week of 5/22

5/26:  (#9) Make a list of 10 experiences, overheard stories or news stories that might be the start of a good story.  Next to each list the What if?'s that would make the story more dramatic and effective.
5/25:  (#8)  Write a poem based on ideas from "Homestead Park" and "Stop all the clocks."  Or free choice.
5/23:  (#7) Find an excellent short short story.  Staple it into your journal.  Write an entry focused on the techniques, form ideas and story ideas that make it excellent.  Look for ideas you can use.
5/22:  (#6)  Prepare a final draft of the FA to hand in tomorrow.  Staple another copy in your journal.

Week of 5/15

5/19:  (#5) Revise your FA and bring three copies to share in proofreading groups on Monday.
5/18:  (#4) Read "The Last Word."  Write an alternate ending for your feature article.
5/17:  (#3) Write a paragraph description of your interviewee.  Include some of his or her mannerisms.  Write a paragraph description of the setting of your interview.  Or write down five or six questions a reader might ask while reading your feature article that are not answered in your article.  Find the answer to at least two of them.
5/16:  (#2) Assess your performance in the course so far this quarter.  Look at your class participation, your journal and your progress toward your goals.  Give yourself a grade for each area and an overall grade.  Justify each grade and provide examplesEmail me a copy at JPowers@region9ps.org and staple a copy in your journal.

Week of 5/8

5/12:  (#1) Conduct your interview.  Prepare a complete feature article draft to bring to class on Tuesday.
Optional Extra entry: Read "Ten Tips for a Better Interview."  Leave some evidence in your journal. 
Journal collected Friday 5/12.

5/11:  (#12) Free Choice.
5/10:  (#11) Select your feature article question and brainstorm a list of smaller questions you'd like to cover during your interview.
5/9:  (#10) Find an excellent feature article, staple a copy in your journal and write an entry about what makes it excellent.
5/8:  (#9)  Revise your poem incorporating any useful feedback.  Staple a copy in your journal.  Or free choice.

Week of 5/1

5/5:  (#8)  Free choice.
5/3:  (#7)  Find a poem you think is excellent.  Staple a copy in your journal and write a 15-minute entry why technique-wise, form-wise and/or idea-wise, it is excellent.
5/2: 
(#6) Revise your poem incorporating feedback from your conference.  Staple one copy in your journal and hand in another copy tomorrow.
5/1:  (#5) Revise your poem taking into consideration the qualities defined on the Bosselaar cards and discussed in class.  Bring three copies to class tomorrow and staple one copy into your journal.

Week of 4/24

4/28:  (#4) Type up a poem to revise in class on Monday.
4/27:  (#3)  Free Choice
4/26:  (#2) Set five writing goals for the second quarter.  They may be a combination of old goals, revised goals and/or new goals. 
4/24:  (#1) Revise your position paper incorporating any useful editing or revision suggestions and staple a clean, best copy into your journal.


Third Quarter Journal Assignments


Week of 4/10

4/13:  Observe.  Take note.  Be a writer.
4/12:  Happy Passover

4/11: 
(#11) Assess your journal.  Refer to the Journal Grading Criteria and follow the scoring guidelines.  Remember to be specific.  And
(#12)  Complete your Overall Assessment.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.  (Counts as two entries.)
4/10:  (#10) Revise your position paper and hand in a copy on Tuesday.  Staple another copy into your journal.

Week of 4/3

4/7:  (#9) Revise your position paper draft incorporating ideas from the looping exercises and from the workshop.  Bring three copies to class Monday.
4/5: 
(#8)
Assess the course and assess the feedback you have received (peer revision groups, peer proofreading groups, teacher comments, teacher line editing, JBHS Rubric assessment, trading papers with peers, feedback from your mother, etc.).  (Counts as 2 entries.)  Follow the scoring guidelines.
4/4: 
(#7) 
Assess your goals using the terms significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor.  Select a paper for each goal that illustrates your progress.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines.   Or prepare a complete, typed position paper draft for class Wednesday.
4/3:  (#6) 
Prepare a complete, typed position paper draft for class Wednesday.  Or assess your goals using the terms significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor.  Select a paper for each goal that illustrates your progress.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines. 

Week of 3/27

4/1:  (#5) Complete the Class Participation part of the midterm self-evaluation.  Follow the Scoring Guidelines closely.
3/30:  (#4) Reread, revise, rewrite, & edit your position paper about arranged marriages.  Hand a copy in Thursday.  Leave evidence of your work in your journal.  Or continue working on your own position paper draft (or start a new one.)
3/29:  (#3) Prepare for your timed-writing position paper about divorce and or arranged marriages.  Or pick a topic for your position paper and write a 20-minute draft.
3/27: 
(#2) Assess your performance in the course so far.  Look at your class participation, your journal and your progress toward your goals.  Give yourself a grade for each area and an overall grade.  Justify each grade and provide examples.  Email me a copy at powers_ja@yahoo.com and staple a copy in your journal.

Week of 3/20

3/24:  (#1)  Find a position paper that you feel is excellent.  Staple it into your journal and write an entry about what makes it excellent.  Look for position paper ideas, form ideas and techniques you could use in your own position paper.
3/23:  (#12) Write five to ten detailed descriptions using sensory description (sight, sound, smell, feel and taste) and metaphor or simile.  Use at least three senses and a metaphor or simile in each but do not explain or interpret. Number your outside journal entries for tomorrow's journal collection.
3/22:  (#11) Read the first half (to the bottom of p. 266) of "How to Say Nothing in 500 Words."  Write a five-minute summary and then write about a paper you wrote that said nothing in 500 words.
3/21:  (#10) Write five to ten detailed descriptions using only sensory description: sight, sound, smell, feel and taste.  Use at least three senses but no metaphors or similes, explanations or interpretations.
3/20: (#9) Make a list of 10 possible topics for your position paper.  Next to each item on the list examples, arguments, reasons, etc you might use in each essay.

Week of 3/13

3/15:  (#8) Revise your personal essay one last time incorporating all useful feedback.  Staple a best copy in your journal.  Hand in another copy on Monday 3/20.
3/13:  (#7) Read "Between a Comma and  a Period."  Revise your essay adding at least one semi-colon.  Staple a copy in your journal and bring a clean "best"  copy to class Wednesday for proofreading groups.

Week of 3/6

3/10:  (#6)  Read "How Not to Write a Sentence."  Choose the three sins you most often commit and revise your personal essay for those sins.
3/6:  (#5)  Revise your personal essay incorporating any ideas from the lateral revision activities and/or your conference.  Staple a copy of this improved draft in your journal.

Week of 2/27

3/2:  (#4) Complete the change of form or audience exercise or revise your essay incorporating useful lateral revision ideas and bring a clean, typed, "best" draft to class Wednesday for linear revision activities.
3/1:  (#3) Prepare a complete, typed personal essay draft for class Thursday.  Staple one copy in your journal and bring another to class.
2/28: (#2) Read "An Interview with an Admissions Officer."  Write a five-minute first reaction.  Write a for another five minutes beginning with "On the other hand ..." and look at the article from a different perspective.

Week of 2/13


2/16: (#1) Staple a personal essay that you think is excellent into your journal.  Write about the qualities (ideas, form, techniques, etc.) that make it excellent.
Journal Collect #1: 9 entries
2/15 (#9) Revise your five goals for variety (skill, product, process, mechanical or attitude goals) Or choose one of you essay starts and continue it for 20-minutes.  Or start an essay on a new topic.  Number your out-of-class entries and asterisk one entry you want me to read.  I will also read your goals and one other entry.  Journals Due: Thursday 2/16.
2/14:  (#8)  Write five writing goals for yourself for the quarter.  Write down two or three things you will do to achieve each goal.

Week of 2/6


2/10: 
(#7) Write ten descriptions starting with "I see..."  or "I saw....".  You may use one other sense but do not use metaphor or interpretation.
2/8:  (#6) Read "That Crucial First Draft."  Highlight ten important or interesting lines.  Select one as the most important or most interesting and write a seven-minute journal entry explaining why.
2/7:  (#5) Reflect on the process of completing the writing sample.  What was difficult?  What worked?  What didn't?  Write about the conditions in which you do your best writing and your worst.
2/6:  (#4) Reread, revise or rewrite your writing sample.  Leave evidence in your journal.  Or write a 20 minute draft on another topic.

Week of 1/31

2/3:  (#3) Prepare for the writing sample.  Leave some evidence of your planning in your journal (a draft, a list, a web, notes, etc.).  Or free choice.
2/1:  (#2) Add details to your list of 10 personal essay topics.  Be prepared to share your lists in class tomorrow.
1/31:  (#1) What are the qualities of good writing?