Writer’s Notebook Expectations
You will be expected to write in your writer’s notebook (WNB) in-class as assigned.
Bring your WNB to class every day.
PRINT clearly your first and last name on the FRONT cover in black Sharpie marker.
Always Label ASSIGNED WRITES as directed in class! For example, Assigned Write #1: “Six-word Memoir.”
Follow directions for Assigned Writes in class.
Check if you miss any by looking on the website page. Click on “Creative Writing Plans and Assignments.”
Credit for Writer’s Notebooks
I will collect the WNB’s about every couple of weeks as announced.
I will scan your notebooks, checking for completion and effort.
Late points will be deducted at the rate of 10% per day for notebooks not turned in on time.
Have your WNB’s in class every day.
Remember, your WNB is worth 30% of your grade.
Portfolio Requirements: Your final portfolio will be ½ of your semester “test” grade. (The other half is a presentation.)
An introductory welcome letter
Writing goals for both quarters of the semester.
All the final pieces from your creative work this semester: one fiction piece; one creative nonfiction piece; three poems and the Spoon River poetry; creative choice project; and your encyclopedia.
Your reflections on each of your final pieces as follows: fiction piece, creative nonfiction piece, your three poems, your creative choice project.
A Final Reflection essay.
The details will be given at a later date. The important thing to know now is DO NOT DELETE OR THROW ANYTHING AWAY that you do for this class. FIND A WAY TO SAVE IT ALL, including saving it electronically. You may wish to make backup copies of your files on a flash drive to avoid disaster.
You will present in front of the class two times: once at the end of the quarter and once at the end of the semester.
For your quarter presentation: You will choose at least one piece written for the class to present. You may need to present more than one piece to fit the time allotted for each student’s presentation, which is 3-5 minutes per student. Conversely, you may need to cut and share only part of a piece to fit the allotted time. You will get Presentation Checklist later.
The second time you present will be your final presentation. Your final presentation will be ½ of your semester “test” grade. (The other half is your portfolio.)
For your final presentation: You will choose at least one piece from your portfolio to present to the class that you have not already presented at the end of the quarter. You may need to present more than one piece to fit the time allotted for each student’s presentation, which is 5-10 minutes per student. Conversely, you may need to cut and share only part of a piece to fit the allotted time. You may present any way you wish as long as you meet the criteria on the Presentation Checklist which you will get late in the semester. You will add a creative element to enhance the writing. More detailed information on the semester final will be given later.