Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All Boys, All Blogged: November 27, 2012

Focus: Telling your story

Please have out your annotations so that I may check Chapters 1-6.

1. Book talks!

2. Warm-up: 6-word memoir

3. Discussing Beah's first page and composing the first page of your memoir.  That's right!
   Click HERE for the rules of memoir club.
  • What can we infer about the narrator from this little piece of dialogue?
  • What can we infer about his high school friends?
  • Why might the author start his memoir this way?
     Your task as a memoirist:
  1. Start  a new folder in Google Drive and call it "Memoir."
  2. Open a new document and call it "Opening."
  3. Here is your first sentence: "My high school friends have begun to..." Finish that sentence in a way rings that reflects a conflict, or at least a sense of tension, between you and your friends.  If you can't think of a conflict with your friends, feel free to substitute "My parents" for "My high school friends."
  4. Complete your opening page by offering a one-page dialogue between you and your friends.  Try to capture their voices and your voice as accurately as you can.  Of course, there are gaps in your memory; try to fill them as best you can, but don't worry if you have to use a little of your imagination (there's a big difference between "filling in the gaps" and straight-up lying).
HW: Work on Thursday's reading assignment (Chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10 with annotations); start looking over SAT List 8 vocabulary words and bring them to class tomorrow.

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