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
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
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
Essays
1. Read the poem "Poem."
2.  Students will work on their essays.
3.  I will discuss transition words in essays today.


Class
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
No Class

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


Class
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
Essays
1.  Read a poem: "Dreams"
2.  Work on essays a little bit more.
3.  Discuss conclusions.

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

Class
No Class (kids couldn't come.)

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

Class
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
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 (3/9)
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
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.