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 and 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.

Class 6 (1/23) Monday Class
Literary Essays
1. Read a poem.  ("Remembrance of a Friend")
2. Read another literary essay.
3.  Talk about a thesis and a boxes and bullets outline.

Class 7 (1/26) Thursday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Unlucky."
2. Go over the student boxes and bullet outlines.
3.  Discuss how to write an introduction and first body paragraph.
4.  Show the students how to put in bits of summary and quotes into their essays.

Class 7 (1/30) Monday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Unlucky."
2. Go over the student boxes and bullet outlines.
3.  Discuss how to write an introduction and first body paragraph.
4.  Show the students how to put in bits of summary and quotes into their essays.

Class 8 (2/2) Thursday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Guilt."
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 (2/6) Monday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Guilt."
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 9 (2/9) Thursday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Mail Call."
2.  Have the students work on their essays.
3.  Explain the editing checklist.
4.  Students can begin editing their essays when they are done.

Class 9 (2/13) Monday Class
Literary Essays/Prompt Writing
1.  Read the poem "Guilt."
2.  Share some of the student essays that are completed.
3.  Help the students with their essays who have not finished.
4.  Put some prompts on the board for students who have completed essays.

Class 10 (2/16)  Thursday Class
Literary Essays/Poetry
1.  Poem: "Long Dream"
2.  Share completed essays.
3.  Introduce free verse poetry.  Discuss line breaks and poems about "things."

Class 11 (2/23) Thursday Class
Poetry
1.  Poem: No poem, other than the ones I will read during the main part of the class.
2.  Share any other completed literary essays.
3.  Discuss the idea of "strong feelings" in your poems, as well as poems that tell a story.
4.  Students will write poetry.

Class 10 (2/27) Monday Class
Poetry
1.  Poem: "Mail Call"
2.  Share any other completed literary essays.
3.  Introduce "Free Verse Poetry."
4.  Discuss line breaks, poems about things/objects and poems that tell a story.

Class 12 (3/2) Thursday
Poetry
1.  No regular poem today
2.  Review Free Verse Poetry.
3.  Discuss repetition, strong feelings and rhythm and rhyme in poetry.

Class 11 (3/6) Monday
Poetry
1.  No regular poem.
2.  Introduce poems that rhyme, have a rhythm, or use repetition.  Also discuss metaphor and simile.
3.  Have students write some poems.



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 (1/26)
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "How Can I Describe?"
2.  Read more examples of literary essays.
3.  Discuss putting in bits of summary and quotes.
4.  Students will work on essays.

Class (2/2)
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Homemade Swimming Hole."
2.  Discuss how to write a conclusion for a literary essay.
3.  Walk around and look at the student essays so far.

Class (2/9)
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Out."
2.  Have students finish up essays.
3.  Introduce and pass out the editing checklists for those who are finished with their first draft.


Class (2/16)
Literary Essays/Poetry
1.  Poem: "When I Was Searching for a Poem"
2.  Share completed literary essays.
3.  Introduce Free Verse poetry.  Discuss line breaks and poems about a "thing."

Class (2/23)
Poetry
1.  Poem: No regular poem today.
2.  Share poetry that students wrote for homework.
3.  Introduce the idea of poems that have strong feelings, and poems that tell a story.

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.