The 2015-2016 Year of CWC

Applications for Writing Club are in the RMS library right now! If you haven’t picked one up, now is your last chance. We may extend the due date for track 3, because they haven’t had the chance to prepare. However, for the other tracks, the applications are due Wednesday of this week (August 19, 2015.)

Please take this chance and send one in!

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Agenda for Thursday, May 28, 2015

  1. Discuss plans for next year. (This will be track 1’s last meeting in their current grade.) The club will continue, and we are hoping to grow as a group and become more fluent next year as an RMS club.
  2. Show the post regarding the Writing Prompt Jars.
  3. Every student writes the first line of a story, then passes the paper to the student on his/her left. For five minutes, each student continues working on the story that he/she has received, then passes it to the left again when the time is up.
  4. Group critiques can discourage writers; a criticism-free sharing session is an excellent alternative. Students read their writing out loud to the class, which is instructed NOT to respond with criticism. Instead, the class is asked afterward to name some of the most memorable or interesting parts of the piece that was shared. The students who have shared their work feel “listened to” and motivated and get some feedback on which aspects of their writing have impact. For this students can use a story they have previously written, thoughts on a story they might write in the future, etc. Students be sure to give their full attention to the person speaking. We all know how scary it can be to share our writing with our peers.

We will see you all again after track out!

The Prompt Jars

There are now two Writing Prompt Jars for reference when you don’t know what to write. Writer’s Block isn’t the best, we know that for sure. The jars will be in the library by the suggestion box at the circulation desk. You can take a prompt or add one whenever you want, and others who are not in the Writing Club are free to do so as well. Make sure your prompts are school appropriate and well written. The content of the jars will be supervised, so watch what you write. We hope that you will use this to your advantage. Keep writing 🙂

Agenda for Thursday, May 6, 2015

*Required

*1. Come up with one prompt and write it down on a slip of paper. Once you are done, raise your hand.

*Choose one from below:

1. Prompt: You are a 12 year old son of a professional assassin. Describe what you observe at home.

2. Prompt: If you could have any fictional character as a best friend, who would you choose? Why? What would that be like?
3. Make a magazine cover for a book.
4. Make a list of all the places that books have taken you. What’s the best place, real or fictional, that you’ve visited in a book? Why that place?
5. Make a ‘wanted’ poster for a favorite fictional character. 
6. Prompt: Pick a controversial issue you are passionate about – and then argue the opposite stance
7. Pick a book and write about it without actually reading it/ write the main idea about the title. 
 After you have completed everything REQUIRED, raise your hand. Once you get the go ahead, you may continue working on another story. However, you must be quiet since you are trying to concentrate. If you have to move, please do.

Agenda for Thursday, April 23, 2015

1. Take attendance

2. Discuss turning in work

  • You have the option of turning in what you wrote during the club meeting.
  • You also have the option of asking for feedback on something you wrote from one of the leaders or another member. The last 5 minutes of club time can be used for this.

3. Plus and Delta

  • Fold a sheet of paper in half. Label one half Plus and the other half Delta. On the Plus side, write what you like about the club. On the Delta side, write what you would like to add/change/see in the club.

*You will be turning this because we would like your feedback and we want to make changes based on that*

4.  Free write/continue working on other writing/write about this picture:

PALESTINIAN CHILDREN WALK THROUGH REMAINS OF DEMOLISHED HOUSE IN ISAWIYAH

(describe what you think is happening in this picture)

WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON: https://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/home-demolitions/palestinian-children-walk-through-remains-of-demolished-house-in-isawiyah/