What do you think?
How could this idea be extended?
How has Arts Week been so far? What have you enjoyed? What new skills have you learned? How have you been inspired? What would you like to do more? Who did you enjoy working with?
You have many choices of ways to write and present your writing. To help you make your choices, I will give you a list of questions.
What do you want to write about? What moments, experiences and conversations were important for you? What responsibilities do you have when you write?
Who do you want to write with? Of course, you can work alone, but you also have the option to collaborate with other people in a number of ways.
Who are you writing for? Who is your audience?
Why are you writing? Why is it important to know the reason you’re writing?
How will you use writing to express what you want to say? How will you make sure people will want to read your writing? How will you get your writing read by other people?
For homework, today, spend some time brainstorming answers to these questions and then make a comment to tell us what you’re thinking. Read the questions very carefully and put some good thought into how you will answer them.
Ms. Jennifer says that when you read you “enter the world” of the book. Tell us all about the book you’re reading by:
- Describing the world in the book
- Describing the feeling of the book
- Describing the people in the book
- Giving us details that help us understand the world you enter when you read the book
Don’t tell us the story.
Image from http://blog.seattlepi.com/booktryst/
I was reminded by the work of Theo Janssen when I saw the photos the boys took of the structures they made.
It also reminded me of some of the sculptures made by Andy Goldsworthy in Paula’s posting:
Ms. Ashley and the students discussed what is meant by “our boundaries” and what happens when people “cross the line” or “go over the limit”.
They worked on the case-studies where they had to read different situations and then decide if someone in the situation has crossed a boundary.
Here’s some examples:
Josh’s coach hugs him for a really long time: The students thought this was not appropriate. The hug is fine, but “for a long time” is crossing a boundary.
Jose’s teacher cries on his shoulder and tells him about her problems: The students thought that the teacher was a bit immature and that it would be really “weird”.
Kendra and Alisa are best friends. Kendra tells Alisa about her parents’ divorce: The students had different opinions about this one, some felt that a boundary had been crossed and some didn’t. Ms. Ashley said that sometimes it depends on people’s personalities.
Tiffany tells Kim a secret that Maria told her: Samantha described that as a “violation”!
The conversation then moved on to touching. The students shared examples of “good touching” such as: a hug, a high-five, holding hands, leaning on someone nicely, kissing someone in your family, a gentle pat on the back, a touch on the arm. The students then shared examples of “bad touching” such as: a punch, a push, a kick, scratching, touching someone’s private parts.
I took these photos so we could capture what you are all reading at the moment and use it for your homework.
Make comments on this posting about the book you’re reading. You could tell us:
- about one of the main characters
- about where the story is set
- about a part of the story that you liked
- about the author’s writing style
- about whether or not you are enjoying the book
- about why you chose that book
- any other ideas of your own!