Monthly Archives: April 2017
Good grief. It’s already May. Here is what’s on the sched for the week. Let me know if this needs adjustment because of AP testing or field trips.
Monday- Review “College” student samples M&O. Read “Future Schlock” and complete #2,3,6,8,10 for Tuesday.
Tuesday- Review rhetorical devices using “Future Schlock”, SOAPSTone, and the rhetorical triangle. Background reading for tomorrow’s synthesis timed writing. Yes, I know…
Wednesday- Synthesis timed writing. I know…
Pds 1&4- Lenses! Continued.
Today we will be applying our study of literary lenses by working with the poem “Oranges” by Gary Soto. The assignment sheet is here and in Classroom.
Pd 2- Mango
Same as yesterday. 10-15 min of independent work, then Mango.
Pd 8- Workday. You need to use all of this time to complete some of the writing for your project.
Regarding types and lengths of sentences…
Gary Provost on the Rhythms of Sentence Length
This sentence has five words. This is five words too. Five word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes when I am certain the reader is rested I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the symbols, and sounds that say listen to this, it is important.