Course Questions:
1) What is the importance of writing?
2) How do we determine the quality of writing?

9/12
Starter: How and where did you learn your work ethic? Use sentence types 3 and 4 once.
Discuss Dubus' "Digging" and collect homework.
Correct Editor-in-Chief # 5 (cross country skiing).

9/11
Starter-What does 9/1 mean to you and to the nation?
Watch Gonzalez 9/11 film short.
Quiz-What is direct writing?
Homework: Read Dubus' "Digging" on page 30. Answer six of 10 questions on page 40 (typed).

9/10
List five sentence types from OWL.
Homework: Read chapter 4 from Elbow (Direct Writing)


9/7
Starter: No starter
Using New Yorker cover, write a freewrite narrative (10 minutes). Share in groups of five or six.
Read chapter three of Elbow ("Sharing").
Read "The Mullet Girls" from the Riverside Reader.

9/6
Starter: What does Elbow explain as the benefit of freewriting?
Begin reading chapter 3 sharing from Elbow. Write two in class poems that students experiment with word choice. Share.
Homework: E-Mail your revised poem to someone you know and also forward to me: ebergman@clintonpublic.org

9/5
Starter: How does close reading help one to become a better writer?
Read "memories of a Dead Man Walking" on page 60 and discuss questions at end.

8/31
John Cheever "Reunion"
Read first two chapters of Elbow.

8/30
Free write narrative. Use as discussion piece.
Begin reading Peter Elbow's Writing with Power.

8/29
Read Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" on page 68
Answer questions at end of essay

8/28
Class introductions
Narration and Description
Read pages 21-28