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Week 3: Genre Study: Fiction, Memoir, and Literary Non-Fiction
As writers: what are the qualities of good fiction? How do characters, plot, setting, and literary elements combine to create a quality piece of fiction/memoir/literary non-fiction?
As teachers of writing: how do we effectively teach author's craft? What elements of craft are most important as we consider why and how to teach fiction and literary non-fiction?
Mini-Lesson on Fiction/Memoir
Atwell's "Qualities of a Memoir That Works"
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Responding to writer's profiles
I think, I like, I wonder...
Use your remaining writing time to begin working on a draft of your own personal narrative, based on your list of writing territories and the responses you received from your classmates.
Emerging inquiry topics
Google Drive and Docs
Midtier Field Notes
Developing a writing assignment: Personal Narrative/Memoir
Developing a list of features from Calkins and Arnberg -- what's important to include in a memoir?
Choose a memoir from the collection
Identify specific passages where the author uses one or more of these features
Creating the personal narrative/memoir assignment that will be due on 2/5
Contact your midtier teacher and share your writer's profile
Email coming from Troy after class
Mini lessons: Read Calkins 11, 12, 15, and 17 (focus on 12) and Dorn and Soffos (Designing productive mini lessons)
As you read, create a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts the features of a "normal" lesson with what Calkins and Dorn and Soffos identify as features of a "mini lesson."
What is similar? What is different? How do the goals and procedures of mini lessons differ from what we would call a normal lesson?
Begin thinking about your six hours of
professional development experience
-- there are some free webinars coming up next week
help on how to format text
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