Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Speak and Letter Two

Today's class was mostly devoted to the writing of letter number two. We're writing these letters so that we can practice speaking from our main character, Melinda's, point of view. We're going to write to a variety of audiences and practice writing from other points of view as well. This work will all come together when we create our found poem from these letters and create our youtube video. Hopefully, we'll be able to start this process in a couple of weeks.

To incorporate vocabulary from Speak in your letters, I had you all take three rocks from our Words Rock! bag. In the bag, I combined all of the words from your group and the sophomore group. We had a TON of words! So, we worked to narrow the words to a reasonable twelve. Of the three words you pulled from the bag, you all chose just one to add on the whiteboard for group use. You needed to use four of the twelve words in your letter.

Our second letter is written from Melinda's perspective again, but this time you need to address it to her parents. This letter should reveal what happened on the night of the rape and give some reason as to why Melinda has waited so long to talk with her parents.

Most of you did not finish your second letter in today's class. We'll pick up where we left off next class.

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