Class outline, Session 3

Elementary Classes, Monday and Thursday  (Scroll down for teen classes)


Class 1 (3/12) Monday
Free Verse Poetry/Opinion Essay
1. Poem:  "To a Daughter Leaving Home"
2.  Share final poems.
3. Introduce opinion essay.  Choose a topic.

Class 1 (3/15) Thursday
Opinion Essays
1.  Read a poem.
3.  Introduce persuasive or opinion essays.
4.  Have students choose a topic and make an outline.

Class 2 (3/19) Monday
Opinion Essays
1. Read a poem.
2.  Make notes for their opinion essays.


Class 2 (3/22) Thursday
Opinion Essays
1. Read a poem.
2.  Make an outline for the opinion essay.
3.  Start introductions.

Class 3 (3/26) Monday
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem: SIMS: The Game
2.  Share some more persuasive essay examples.
3.  Have students work on their essays.
4.  Discuss using quotes in their essays. Also, discuss other kinds of evidence.  You can use statistics or other types of information.

Class 3 (3/29) Thursday
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem: SIMS
2.  Students will work on essays some more.  Make sure you have evidence.  This could be quotes, statistics or other information.

Class 4 (4/9) Monday
Opinion Essays
1. Poem: "My Room"
2. Students work on essays. Read example essays.
3.  Pass out checklist.

Class 4 (4/12) Thursday
Opinion Essays 
1.  Poem:  "My Room"
2.  Share some more persuasive essay examples. (Recess example, and movie theater example)
3.  Have students work on their essays.
4.  Discuss using quotes in their essays.

Class  5 (4/16) Monday
Opinion Essays/Haiku
1.  Poem: "Remembrance of a Friend"
2.  Read final opinion essays.
3.  Introduce Haiku.  Read some and make a list of guidelines.

Class 5 (4/19) Thursday
Opinion Essays
1.   Poem:
2.  Discuss conclusions and read some examples.
3.  Have students work on their essays.
4.  Pass out checklists.

Class 6 (4/23) Monday
Haiku
1. Poem: More Haiku
2.  Read more haiku, and fill in some sample haiku.
3.  Write Haiku.

Class 6 (4/26) Thursday
Haiku
1.  Students will share their opinion essays with the class.
2.  Have the students do some prompt writing.
3.  Share.

Class 7 (4/23) Monday
Haiku
1.  We will share some more haiku.
2.  Students will write more haiku.

Class 7 (5/3) Thursday
Sick....Class cancelled

Class 8 (4/30) Monday
Haiku
1.  Students will paint a haiga.


Class 7 (5/10) Thursday
Haiku
1.  We will read a  little more haiku.
2.  Students will choose one that they wrote and create a "haiga."  That is a haiku plus a drawing or painting.

Class 9 (5/7) Monday
Memoir
1.  Read a poem. ("")
2.  Talk about the differences between a personal narrative and a memoir.
3.  Read a memoir about a boy leaving for college, and one called "Father River."
4.  Students will write some memories and then choose one to develop.

Class 8 (5/17) Thursday
Memoir
1.  Read a poem. ()
2.  Discuss differences between a personal narrative and a memoir.
3.  Read a memoir about a boy going to college, and another called "Father River."
4. Students will write some memories and choose one to develop.


Class 10 (5/14) Monday
Memoir
1.  Read a poem: "Doing Without"
2. Read the essay "Father River."
4. Talk about how a memoir often has either an introduction or a conclusion.  Have students work on their memoirs, and recopy them in class and homework.

Class 9 (5/24) Thursday
Memoir
1.  Read a poem:
2. Humor writing

Class 10 Monday (5/22)
Celebrations (Prompt Writing)
1.  Read the poem "The Swingset."
2.  Students will share their memoirs.
3.  Read the book I'm in Charge of Celebrations.  Have the students create their own celebration or holiday and write about it.

Class 11 Thursday (5/25)
Celebrations (Prompt Writing)
1.  Read the poem "The Swingset."
2.  Students will share their memoirs.
3.  Read the book I'm in Charge of Celebrations.  Have the students create their own celebration or holiday and write about it.

Class 11 Monday (6/5)
Flash Fiction
1.  Read the poem.
2.  Share some sample flash fiction stories.
3.  Students will write.

Class 12 (6/1)
Flash Fiction
1.  Read the poem "First Love."
2.  Read some sample flash fiction pieces.
3.  Students will write flash fiction after coming up with a character, a problem and a resolution.

Class 13 Thursday (6/8)
 Humor
1.  Read a poem. "A Sestina for Michael Jordan"
2.  Introduce some humor pieces.  (Comics, fake news articles)
3.  Students will try some humor writing.





Teen Class,  Monday 11-12pm


Class 1 (3/15)
Opinion Essay
1.  Poem:
2.  Introduce Opinion or Persuasive Essays.
3.  Choose a topic.  Write some notes.


Class 2 (3/22)
Opinion Essays
1. Poem:
2. Work on an outline or more notes for your essay.


Class 3 (4/12)
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem: "My Room"
2.  Read more New York Times editorial essays.
4.  Discuss quotes, statistics, anecdotes and other information you can put in your essay.



Class 4 (4/19)
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem: "Traveling Through the Dark"
2.  Students will work on finishing their opinion essays.
3.  Introduce haiku if there is time.

Class 5 (4/26)
Haiku/Opinion Essays
1.  Students will share their opinion essays if they wish.
2. Read the Haiku Guidelines chart to the class.
3.  Fill in some blank haiku.
4. Students will write their own.

Class 6 (5/3)
Haiku (Cancelled - sick)


Class 7 (5/10)
Haiku
1.  Introduce "Haiga"
2. Students will paint a watercolor for their favorite haiku.

Class 8 (5/17)
Memoir
1.  Read a poem:
2.  Introduce memoir.  Read a story about a boy going to college and one called "Father River."

Class 9 (5/24)
Humor
1.  Read a poem:


Class 12 (6/1)
Flash Fiction
1.  Read the poem "Wax Lips."
2.  Read some flash fiction samples.
3.  Introduce flash fiction.  Begin writing one!  Think of a problem, a character and a resolution.

Class
Memoir 
1. Read a poem:"Tree Heartbeat"
2.  Share any other persuasive essays.
3.  Read another member to the students:  "My Grandmother's Hair."
4.  Students will write memoir.

Class
Humor/Flash Fiction
1. Read a poem:  "Campfire Lullaby"
2. I will introduce humor writing and give some examples.

Class
Memoir/Flash Fiction
1.  Read a poem.  ("Campfire Lullaby")
2.  Share memoirs with the class.  Read a college essay about Costco.
3.  Introduce flash fiction.  Read some selections.

Class
Flash Fiction/Humor
1.  Read the poem.  ("Peaches")
2.  Share our flash fiction with the class.
3.  Introduce different kinds of humor examples:  articles, comic strips, fiction and columns.
4. Students will brainstorm some humor ideas.

Class
1.  Read a poem. ("Peaches")
2.  Read more humor examples.
3.  Students will share their humor writing.  (They can finish up in class first.)

Class
1.  Read a poem.  ("I Can't Forget You")
2.  Read some more humor examples.
3.  Complete humor writing in class.
4.  Share humor examples with everyone.