Class outline, Session 3

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


Class 1 (3/9) Thursday
Free Verse Poetry
1. No regular poem

Class 1 (3/13) Monday
Free Verse Poetry/Opinion Essays
1.  Poem:  "Famous"
2.  Have students go over the editing checklist for Free Verse Poetry.
3.  Introduce persuasive or opinion essays.
4.  Have students choose a topic and make an outline.

Class 2 (3/16) Thursday
Free Verse Poetry/Opinion Essays
1.  Poem:  "Famous"
2.  Have students go over the editing checklist for Free Verse Poetry.
3.  Introduce persuasive or opinion essays.
4.  Have students choose a topic and make an outline.

Class 2 (3/20) Monday
Opinion Essays
1. Poem: "The Red Wheelbarrow"
2. Have students read their finished poems from the last unit.
3.  Show students what an example is in an opinion essay.
4.  Discuss introductions.
5.  Work on outlines.
6.  Begin the essays in class.

Class 3 (3/23) Thursday
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem: "The Red Wheelbarrow"
2.  Studnets will make sure their outlines are filled in with examples.
3.  Show them some examples of the kinds of details they will put in an essay.
4.  Work on essays.

Class 3 (3/27) Monday
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem:  "The Tree"
2.  Share some more persuasive essay examples.
3.  Have students work on their essays.
4.  Discuss using quotes in their essays.

Class 4 (3/30) Thursday
Opinion Essays 
1.  Poem:  "The Tree"
2.  Share some more persuasive essay examples.
3.  Have students work on their essays.
4.  Discuss using quotes in their essays.

Class 4 (4/10) Monday
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem: "Watermelon" and "What Came to Me"
2.  Discuss conclusions and read some examples.
3.  Have students work on their essays.
4.  Pass out checklists.

Class 5 (4/13) Thursday
Opinion Essays
1.   Poem: "Watermelon" and "What Came to Me"
2.  Discuss conclusions and read some examples.
3.  Have students work on their essays.
4.  Pass out checklists.

Class 5 (4/17) Monday
Haiku
1. Poem: "Puddle."
2.  First, have students read any completed opinion essays. Show students examples of haiku poems.
3.  Have them fill in some blank lines of haiku poems to get warmed up.
4. Students will write haiku.

Class 6 (4/20) Thursday
Opinion Essays/Prompt Writing
1.  Students will share their opinion essays with the class.
2.  Have the students do some prompt writing.
3.  Share.

Class 6 (4/24) Monday
Haiku
1.  We will share some more haiku.
2.  Students will choose their favorite and create a "haiga" which is a haiku paired with a painting or drawing.

Class 7 (4/27) Thursday
Haiku
1.  Share the "Haiku Guideline" Chart.
2.  Read lots of haiku to the class.
3. Students will fill in some blank haiku, and then work on their own.

Class 7 (5/1) Monday
Haiku/Memoir
1.  Students will finish painting their haiga.
2.  Introduce memoir.  Read a piece about a girl with a sick dad, and one about a girl wanting to be a hairdresser.
3. Students will brainstorm and begin writing.

Class 8 (5/4) 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 8 (5/8) Monday
Memoir
1.  Read a poem. ("The Bowl") Read the book A Chair for my Mother. 
2.  Talk about the differences between a personal narrative and a memoir.
3.  Read a memoir about a roller coaster.
4.  Students will write some memories and then choose one to develop.

Class 9 (5/11) Thursday
Memoir
1.  Read a poem. ("The Bowl") Read the book A Chair for my Mother.
2.  Discuss differences between a personal narrative and a memoir.
3.  Read a memoir about a roller coaster.
4. Students will write some memories and choose one to develop.


Class 9 (5/15) Monday
Memoir
1.  Read a poem: "Deerprint"
2. Read the books Bigmamas and When I was Young in the Mountains.  
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.

Class 10 (5/18) Thursday
Memoir
1.  Read a poem: "Deerprint"  Read the memoir picture books Bigmamas and When I was Young in the Mountains.
2.  Work on the memoirs in class.
3.  Start recopying if there is time.

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 (3/9)
Free Verse Poetry
1.  No Regular Poem
2.  Teach simile and metaphor.
3.  Students will work on poems.
4.  Share "I Don't Know My Name" with the class.

Class 2 (3/16)
Free Verse Poetry/Opinion Essays
1. Poem:  "The Pond"
2.  Share finished poetry.
3.  Introduce opinion essays.
3.  Share two different kinds of persuasive or opinion essays.
4.  Students will choose a topic.

Class 3 (3/23)
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem: "Golden"
2.  Students will work on outlines or notes for their essays.
3.  I will show them examples of details that they can put in their essays.
4.  Students work on essays.

Class 4 (3/30)
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem: "There's a Certain Slant of Light," By Emily Dickinson
2.  I will go over good leads for essays.
3.  Read an opinion essay called "I'm Sorry for your Loss."
4.  Discuss quotes, statistics, anecdotes and other information you can put in your essay.

Class 5 (4/13)
Opinion Essays
1.  Poem: "Through the Eyes of Morning"
2.  Discuss conclusions for your opinion essay.  Read some examples.
3.  Pass out checklists.
4.  Students continue working on essays.

Class 6 (4/20)
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 7 (4/27)
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 8 (5/4)
Haiku
1. Students will read more haiku.
2.  They will choose one that they wrote, and then work on a haiga.  This is a haiku plus a drawing or painting.

Class 9 (5/11)
Memoir
1.  Read a poem. ("Thoreau's Nightmare")
2. Introduce memoir and discuss the difference between a memoir and a personal narrative.
3. Share a memoir about a

Class 10 (5/18)
Memoir
1.  Read a poem:  "On Turning Ten"
2.  Work on memoirs in class.

Class 11 (5/25)
Memoir
1.  Read a poem: "Looking Back through My Telescope"
2.  Read the book "I'm in Charge of Celebrations."
3.  Students will write about their own celebration or holiday.

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.