Class outline, Session 3

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

Class 1 (3/7 and 3/10)
Haiku
1.  Read the poem "Afternoon Beach."
2.  Make a list of some haiku features.
3.  I will read some haiku to the students.
4.  Students will do some "fill in the blanks" haiku.

Class 2 (3/14 and 3/17)
Haiku
1.  Read the poem "Let Evening Come."
2.  Work on more haiku.  Read and write haiku.


Class 3 (3/21 and 3/24)
Haiku/Persuasive Essays
1.  Read some haiku instead of our regular poems.
2.  Share our haiku from last week.
3.  Work on a "Haiga" in class, which is a haiku plus a drawing.
4.  Discuss ideas for persuasive essays.

Class 4 (4/4 and 4/7)
Persuasive Essays (Or Personal Essays)
1.  Read the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay," by Robert Frost.
2.  Discuss what this essay will be, and compare it to our literary essays.
3. Read a sample essay.
4.  Work on thesis statements and boxes and bullet outlines.


Class 5 (4/11 and 4/14)
Essays
1.  Read the poem "The Drum."
2.  Read another student essay.
3.  Teach students to gather information to put in their essays.  Quotations and statistics are all good things.
4.  Students will work on gathering more information.

Class 6 (4/18)
Essays
1. Read the poem "Poem."
2.  Students will work on their essays.
3.  I will discuss transition words in essays today.


Class 7 (4/25)
Essays
1. Read the poem "Dreams," by Langston Hughes.
2.  Read an essay on the subject of a father.
3.  Students will work the essays.

Class (4/28)
No Class

Class 8 (5/2)
Essays/Memoir
1. Read the poem "Homemade Swimming Hole."
2.  Students will share their completed essays.
3.  Read Roxaboxen and a student memoir by Emily.

Class 6 (5/5)
Essays
1.  Read a poem:  "Poem"
2.  Students will work on essays after I review the outlines with them.
3.  Discuss transition words.


Class 9 (5/9)
Memoir
1.  Read a poem: "Out"
2. Read the book The Tenth Good Thing About Barney.  
3.  Read the student memoir about a brother leaving for college.
4. Talk about how a memoir often has either an introduction or a conclusion.

Class 7 (5/12)
Essays
1.  Read a poem: "Dreams"
2.  Work on essays a little bit more.
3.  Discuss conclusions.

Class 10 (5/16)
Flash Fiction
1.  Read the poem "When I Was Searching for a Poem."
2.  Students will share their memoirs.
3.  Introduce flash fiction.

Class  (5/19)
No Class (kids couldn't come.)

Class 11 (5/23)
Humor/Flash Fiction
1.  Read the poem "Golden."
2.  Share flash fiction pieces with each other.
3.  Introduce the types of humor writing.
4.  Read some examples.

Class 8 (5/26)
 Essay/Memoir
1.  Share essays with each other.  Read a poem.  ("Homemade Swimming Hole")
2.  Introduce "memoir" to the class.
3.  Read an example of a brother going to college.
4.  Brainstorm ideas.
5.  Begin writing.

Class 9 (6/2)
1.  Read a poem. ("Out")
2.  Read another memoir.
3.  Students will work on their memoirs.

Class 12 (6/6)
1.  Read a poem.  ("There's a certain Slant of light")
2.  Read more humor examples.
3.  Students will share their humor writing, and flash fiction if they haven't already.

Class 10 (6/9)
1.  Read a poem.  ("The Pond")
2.  Share memoirs with each other.
3.  Flash Fiction or Humor:  They can decide.




Teen Class,  Monday 11-12pm

Class 1 (3/7 and 3/10)
Haiku
1. Read the poem "Dog in Bed."
2. We will work on haiku poetry today, first by reading a list of haiku features.
3. The students will do some "fill in the blank" haiku, after I read some haiku.

Class 2 (3/14 and 3/17)
Haiku
1.  Read the poem "Primetime."
2.  Read some more haiku examples to the class.
3.  Students will write haiku.


Class 3 (3/21 and 3/24)
Haiku/Haiga
1.  Read more haiku.
2.  Write some more haiku and choose your favorite.
3.  Paint a background for your favorite and copy the poem down.  This is called a "Haiga."
4.  Introduce persuasive essays.

Class 4 (4/4 and 4/7)
Persuasive Essays
1.  Read a poem: "A Reason for Black."
2.  Have students read some editorial/opinion articles that they choose from a folder.
3.  Make notes about what they notice.
4.  Choose a topic and write down some questions about your topic.

Class 5 (4/11 and 4/14)
Persuasive Essays
1.  Read the poem "The Cat."
2.  Read a NY Times article about Finnish schools and read a student article about eating red meat.
3. Discuss the organization of these two articles.
4.  Discuss what sorts of information goes into an editorial.
5.  Talk about good leads.


Class 6 (4/18)
Persuasive Essays
1. Read the poem: "Dog's Death."
2.  Read a student essay about book banning.
3.  Share a handout about organizing information.
4.  Students will work on their essays.


Class 7 (4/25)
Persuasive Essays
1.  Read the poem "Birch."
3.  Read an essay about tobacco companies.
4.  Have the students work on their essays.

Class 6 (4/28)
Persuasive Essays
1.  Poems:  "Dog's Death" and "Birch"
2.  Read an essay about tobacco companies.
3.  Talk about the organization of the essay.
4.  Students work on their essays.

Class 8 (5/2)
Persuasive Essays/Memoir
1.  Read the poem "Shelter."
2.  Work on essays during class.

Class 7 (5/5)
Persuasive Essays
1.  Read a poem: "Shelter"
2.  Students will wrap up their essays.
3.  Discuss conclusions.

Class 9 (5/9)
Persuasive Essays/Memoir
1. Read a poem:  "Sonnet for Shoelace."
2.  Share the persuasive essays with the class.
3.  Read some memoir samples.  One about a mother sewing, and another about a boy leaving for college.

Class 8 (5/12)
Persuasive Essays/Memoir
1. Read a poem: "Sonnet for Shoelace"
2.  Share persuasive essays with each other.
3.  Introduce memoir.  Read one about a mother sewing and another about a boy leaving for college.
4. Discuss the differences between personal narrative and memoir.

Class 10 (5/16)
Flash Fiction
1.  Read the poem "Tree Heartbeat."
2.  Work on finishing up memoir.
3.  Introduce flash fiction.  Begin writing one!

Class 9 (5/19)
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 11 (5/23)
Humor/Flash Fiction
1. Read a poem:  "Campfire Lullaby"
2. I will introduce humor writing and give some examples.

Class 10 (5/26)
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 11 (6/2)
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 12 (6/6)
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 12 (6/9)
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.