Homework, Session 3

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

Class 1 (3/7 and 3/10)
Homework: Haiku
Write three haiku.

Class 2 (3/18 and 3/19)
Homework: Haiku
For Wednesday, complete your haiku book, and for Thursday class, do the cover and 2 haiku.  

Class 3 (3/25 and 3/26)
Homework: Haiku/Information Books
 The Thursday class will finish their small haiku books if they haven't yet.  Also, students will choose a topic for our next unit, making "informational books."  You can pick a topic on anything you would like.  (Monarch butterflies, George Washington, Water Conservation, etc... etc....)  Next, find an article or story about your topic.  Write down some notes about your topic, but don't copy any exact sentences.  Use your own words.  Also, write down information that you might already know about your topic.

Class 4 (4/4 and 4/7)
Homework: Fill in Notes
Taking your boxes and bullets outline, you will be filling in some notes for each of your paragraphs.  They will be little stories, or quotes, or facts about your topic.

Class 5 (4/11 and 4/14)
Homework: Fill in More Notes and Introduction
You will write some more notes about your topic.  Write your first paragraph of your essay.

Class 6 (4/18)
Work on more of your essay.

Class 7 (4/25)
Finish your essay, and either type it or recopy it.

Class 6 (4/28)
No Class

Class 8 (5/2)
Write a about a memory that you have.  This memory should be one that takes places in about 20 minutes or less.

Class 9 (5/9)
Homework: Continue on your Memoir Writing
Write a completed memoir and bring it to class.

Class 7 (5/5)
Work on another paragraph of your essay.

Class 8 (5/12)
Complete your essays and recopy them.

Class  (5/19)
No Class

Class 10 (5/16)
Homework:  Flash Fiction
Write a short short story,  under 500 words.  It should have at least one character, and the character should have a problem or a desire for something. There will also be a resolution.

Class 9 (5/26)
Begin a memoir.


Class 11 (5/23)
Write a humor piece and bring it to class.

Class 12 (6/6)
Homework:  None -- Last Class!

Class 10 (6/2)
Complete memoir and bring to class.  

Class 11 (6/9)
Last Class: No Homework.  




Extra Homework Assignments:

Homework: "Memoir Poem"
At home, write a memoir poem and bring it to class.
A memoir poem tells of an incident you experienced -- for example:

"Untitled"
I have
a place
on the rug
where I sit
during read-aloud.
I sit there
and my teacher opens My Father's Dragon
and I'm flying on the back of a dragon.

or...

"Found a Little Crab"
Digging, digging through
the sand.
Then I see something
crawling, crawling,
crawling.  I pick
it up with my hand
it tickles me.











Teen Class (Monday)

Class 1 (3/7 and 3/10)
Homework: Introducing Haiku
Write three haiku poems for homework.   

Class 2 (3/14 and 3/17)
Homework: Haiku
Write three more haiku.

Class 3 (3/21 and 3/24)
Homework: Notes for your Persuasive Essay
1. Write down some things that you already know about your topic.

Class 4 (4/4 and 4/7)
Homework: Research your Topic
The students will research some information about their topic.  Also answer two questions: What do you want to know, and what do your readers need to know?

Class 5 (4/11 and 4/14)
Homework:  Finish Research on Your Topic
Add a little more research, finding statistics, quotes, anecdotes and examples.  Also, write your first paragraph of your essay.

Class 6 (4/18)
Homework: Work on Essay
Work on two more paragraphs of essay.

Class 7 (4/25)
Homework:  Work on More of the Persuasive Essay
Work on two more paragraphs of your essay.

Class 6 (4/28)
Homework:  Persuasive Essay
Complete all but your conclusion.

Class 8 (5/2)
Homework:  Persuasive Essay
Type your completed essay.  Make sure it has a title, your name and date.  Staple extra pages together.

Class 7 (5/5)
Homework:  Complete Persuasive Essay
Type your essay, adding a title, name and date.  Staple extra pages.

Class 9 (5/9)
Homework:  Write a Memoir
Write a memoir.  This is a true story, but not a whole trip or a whole day.  It's just a memory about a single topic.  You will also tell why it's important to you.

Class 8 (5/12)
Homework:  Write a Memoir
This is a true story, but not a whole trip or a whole day. It is a memory or memories about a single topic.  You will also tell why it is important to you.

Class 10 (5/16)
Homework: Memoir
Type your short memoir and bring it to class.


Class 11 (5/23)
Homework:  Flash Fiction
Type your flash fiction piece (the one you like best if you did more than one) and bring it to class.
It should be under 500 words.  It should have a character (or more than one character, a problem and a resolution (ending).

Class 12
Homework: None -- Last Class! 


Extra Homework Assignments:


Class
Homework:  Punctuation Marks in Writing
Write any piece -- a poem, fiction story or non-fiction piece, invent your own punctuation, and use it in the piece.  This should be at least half a page.


Homework:  Read and Bring in an Editorial from Home

At home this week, look for an editorial or opinion article that you like.  It can be from the newspaper, a magazine, or the internet.  I always find them if I google "New York Times" and "Editorial."  Read the article and take some notes on it.  What does the author do to persuade you?