Class Outline, Session 2

Elementary Class Outline (for both Monday and Thursday Classes)  Scroll down for Teen Class Outlines.  


Class 1 (11/27 and 11/30)
Fiction
1.  Read "The Marble Champ" to the Monday class.  Also, read a student story:  "Jane's First Sleepover."
2. Read a poem.  ("Not John Whalen")
3. Students will work on their fiction stories.

Class 2 (12/4 and 12/7)
Fiction
1.  Read "Growing Up" by Gary Soto.
2. Read the student poem "Lucky."
3.  Students will work on fiction stories while I walk around and help.

Class 3 (12/11 and 12/14)
Fiction

1.  Read the poem "The Death of the Hat."
2.  Read "Retired" to the students.
4.  I will discuss endings in fiction.  Also, we'll discuss brainstorming titles.
5.  Students get the editing checklist sheet for their fiction stories.  Thursday class will do some prompt writing for a short time. (This is different from the fiction stories they are currently working on..)
6.  Students will work on their stories, which will be due next week.

Class 4 (12/18 and 12/21)
Fiction/Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Morning" by Mary Oliver.
2.  Have students share their completed fiction stories.
3.  Students will choose a story that they will use for a literary essay.

Class 5 (1/8 and 1/11)
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Boyhood" by Billy Collins.
2.  Share fiction stories that were completed. Read a story.  "Gloria Who Might be my Best Friend."
3.  Read a sample literary essay. ("Three Little Pigs")
4.  Talk about character traits and students will look at their stories to think of character traits for the main character.

Class 6 (1/18)
Literary Essays
1. Read a poem by Billy Collins.  ("Morning")
2. Read another literary essay. (Marble Champ)
3.  Talk about a thesis and a boxes and bullets outline. Then discuss introductions and hook sentences.

Class 6 (1/22)
Literary Essays
1. Read a poem by Billy Collins.  ("Morning")
2. Read another literary essay. (Marble Champ)
3.  Talk about a thesis and a boxes and bullets outline. Then discuss introductions and hook sentences.
4.  Students will write the first two paragraphs of their essays.

Class 7 (1/25) Thursday Class
Literary Essays
1. Read a poem. ("A Prayer for the Twenty-First Century")
2. Read another literary essay.  ("Eleven" essay")
3.  Have the kids write their first two paragraphs of their essays.

Class 7 (1/29) Monday
Literary Essays

1. Read a poem. ("A Prayer for the Twenty-First Century")
2. Read another literary essay.  ("Eleven" essay")
3.  Have students work on their next paragraphs. Show the students how to put in bits of summary and quotes into their essays.

Class 8 (2/1) Thursday
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Do You have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out?"
2.  Discuss more about the body of a literary essay.
3.  Show students how to write a conclusion.
4.  Walk around and work with the students on their essays.

Class 8 (2/5) Monday
Literary Essays/Free Verse Poetry
1.  Read the poem "Do You have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out?"
2.  Show students how to write a conclusion.
3.  Introduce "Free Verse Poetry."
4.  Make a list of some guidelines to help you write poetry.

Class 9 (2/8) Thursday
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."
2.  Work on literary essays in class.  Finish them up.


Class 9 (2/12) Monday
Free Verse Poetry
1.  Read the poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."
2.  Continue Free Verse Poetry. Add some more guidelines to our list.


Class 10 (2/15) Thursday
Free Verse Poetry
1. Read a poem: "The Bitter River"
2.  Share some of the student essays that are completed.
3.  Introduce "Free Verse Poetry."

Class 11 (2/22) Thursday
Free Verse Poetry
1.  Read a poem: "Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins
2.  Add to our list of guidelines for Free Verse Poetry.
3. Read poems and write them.

Class 10 (2/26) Monday
Poetry
1.  Poem: "Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins
3.  Add to our chart of Free Verse Poetry tips.
4.  Students will write poetry.

Class 12 (3/1) Thursday
Poetry
1.  Hand out editing check list.
2.  Write poems and choose your favorite.

Class 11 (3/5) Monday
Poetry 
1.  Poem: "Budapest"
2.  Review Free Verse Poetry.
3.  Pass out the editing sheet for poetry.


Class 13 (3/8) Thursday
Poetry/Prompt Writing
1.  No regular poem.
2.  Share our final poems with each other
3.  Give some writing prompts and have students write.



Teen Class Outline (Thursday)

Class  (11/30)
Fiction
1.  Read a poem aloud. ("What's that Smell in the Kitchen?")
2.  Read "Raymond's Run."
3. Students will write and I will confer.

Class (12/7)
Fiction
1. Read a poem aloud.  ("Uncurled")
2.  Read the fiction story "The No-Guitar Blues."
4.  Students will work on their stories.

Class (12/14)
Fiction
1.  Read a poem aloud. "First Practice."
2. Read "Retired" by Cynthia Rylant.
3.  Discuss endings in fiction.
4.  Students work on their editing checklists.  Stories will be due next week.

Class (12/21)
Fiction/Literary Essays
1. Read the poem "Fight."
2.  Share student fiction stories with each other.
3.  Students will choose a story that they will use for a literary essay.

Class (1/11)
Literary Essays
1. Read the poem "Boyhood."
2. Finish sharing fiction stories. Read a story.  "My Side of the Story."
3.  Discuss homework.
4. Read a sample literary essay about the "Three Little Pigs."
5.  Students will begin an outline.


Class (1/18)
Fiction
1.  Read the poem "Morning."
2.  Read another literary essay.  (Raymond's Run)
3. Students will work on their outlines.
4.  I will show them how to write an intro paragraph and their body paragraphs.

Class (1/25)
1.  Read a poem. ("Starry Night Tritina")
2. Read an essay about "The Marble Champ." Students will work on their essays.
3.  Discuss quoting bits of the story.

Class (2/1)
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Car Ride: A Sestina"
2.  Read more examples of literary essays.
3.  Discuss conclusions.
4.  Students will work on essays.

Class (2/8)
Literary Essays/Free Verse Poetry
1.  Read the poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."
2.  Finish up literary essays.
3.  Introduce "Free Verse Poetry." Work on a list of guidelines.
4. Make a heart map.


Class (2/15)
Poetry
1.  Poem: "The Bitter River"
2.  Continue with Free Verse Poetry.
3.  Students will write poetry.

Class (2/22)
Poetry
1.  Poem: "America is a Gun"
2.  Share poetry that students wrote for homework.
3.  Introduce repetition, rhythm and figurative language in poetry.

Class (3/2)
Poetry
1.  Discuss poems that use repetition, rhythm, rhyming and stanza breaks.
2.  Students will write poems during the class period.


Class 
Free Verse Poetry
1.  Students warm up by writing a journal piece. 
2.  Read aloud a selection of poetry. ("Guilt" and "Mail Call")
3.  Introduce Free Verse Poetry.
4.  Explain that poems usually start with a strong feeling, and image, and can start off using "I."
5.  Read some poems from Georgia Heard's book about poetry.  Read some "I" poems also. 
6.  Point out that poetry often uses regular sentences, but it doesn't have to. 
6.  Students will choose a subject and write about it. 
7.  Read some Billy Collins' poetry:  "Consolation," "Budapest," and the John Whalen one.  


Class 9

1. Students journal. 
2.  Read a book, The Other Way to Listen. Read a poem.  ("Where I'm From")
3.  Discuss stanzas in poetry.
4.  The next part of today's lesson is about figurative language and using "poets' eyes".
5.  Students write and I confer.


Class 10 (11/5 and 11/9)
Free Verse Poetry

1.  Read aloud a selection of poetry. ("Famous")
3.  We will discuss poems that tell a story today.  
4. In order to have your poem sound like a poem and not just a personal narrative, you can use techniques such as patterning, repetition and rhythm.  
5. Students will write.  

Class 11 (11/12)
Free Verse Poetry

1.  Read aloud a selection of poetry. ("The Red Wheelbarrow")
2.  The  lesson today is about "Celebration Poems." Students may choose to write one.
3.  I will also discuss cutting poems down to fewer words, with an example.
4.  I will discuss how to create a final copy of your poem for next week.
5.  Students write and I confer.


Class 11 and 12 (11/16 and 11/19)
Free Verse Poetry/Fiction

1.  Read a poem.  ("The Red Wheelbarrow" for the Monday Class and "The Tree" for the Thursday class.)
2.  Read Hailstones and Halibut Bones.  
3.  Students will share the poems they wrote for homework.