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  • What will good responses look like?


    Initial Responses should¦

    ~be of original thought.

    ~make direct reference(s) to the text(s) and/or reading(s).

    ~include page numbers when applicable.

    ~meet all other requirements for the assignment as listed on the assignment page.


    Responses to peers should include:

    ~direct reference to his/her initial response.

    ~your own original thought/ideas, building off of his/her response.  


    Consider some of the following phrases to use in your responses to peers:

    I agree with you when you say..and then explain why you agree with them.

    It's interesting that you said...and then explain why that's interesting.

    I'm not sure I understand...and then explain what you don't understand.


    ****You should NOT comment on grammatical errors/spelling mistakes.  


    Any student that makes irrelevant/unnecessary comments will receive a 0 for the online forum that week.


Creative Writing A

  • Online Forum 1

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    Read pages 16-18 in the text. Complete the "Practice" on p. 18.  In your initial response, share any THREE questions from the Practice activity.  Also discuss what you think these three questions might inspire you to write about.  

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  • Online Forum 2

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    Read pages 34 and 35 in the text, as well as Amy Fusselman's memoir on p. 59.  Answer question #2 on p 35.  Also consider what aspects of her memoir make it creative non-fiction. 

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  • Online Forum 3

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    Read "A Word on Words" (pgs. 79 and 80).  Complete the "Practice" on p. 80.  In your initial post, share the poem you created in the practice activity and discuss how word choice affects writing and meaning.  

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  • Online Forum 4

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    Read pages 175 and 176.  Then read Brian Arundel's "The Things I've Lost" on p. 202.  In your post, list several of the leaps in his piece and analyze how leaps energize his writing. 

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  • Online Forum 5

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    Read pages 205 and 206 in the text and also "We Didn't" (handout) by Stuart Dybek.  Create a tension forumla for his short story (_________+________=_________).  Using details from the text and also the story, explain why you chose this forumla.  

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  • Online Forum 6

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    Read pages 278-281 in the text and also "Relationship Quiz" by siblings Amy and Davide Sedaris on p. 290.  Create your own quiz story on a topic of your choice and share it in your post for this week.  ***You are only sharing your story here, you do not need to quote anything from the textbook. 

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  • Online Forum 7

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    Read and take notes on pages 304-307 and and 310-311.  Based on your reading, what do you determine insight to be? Why is it important as a writer? Share your answers to these two questions in your initial response.  Be sure to quote the text.  

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Creative Writing B

  • CWB Online Forum #1

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    Read pages 4-8 in the text.  What do you think is a strength of yours as a writer?  What are your weaknesses?  Then, read the article "Writing Is An Antidote to Loneliness" by Jeremy Nobel and discuss whether you agree OR disagree with his findings.  Be sure to explain your answer by using evidence from at least one of the texts. 

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  • CWB Online Forum #2

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    Read "The Neighbor" on pages 27-34 in the textbook.  Choose an object from the story (the hole, the shovel, the neighbor, etc.) and write about what you think this object symbolizes.  Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

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  • CWB Online Forum #3

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    Read pages 41 and 42 of the text, then complete the 1st "Practice" activity on p. 42.  Use the questions in the prompt for your response.  Also discuss why close reading could be a beneficial tool as a writer.

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  • CWB Online Forum #4

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    Read pages 134-136 in the text, then read "In My Father's Study Upon His Death by Dylan Landis on p. 161.  Share three images you note in his piece and discuss how the use of images can enhance your writing.

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  • CWB Online Forum #5

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    An abecedarius is a type of poem where the first line starts with the next letter of the alphabet. It's a type of acrostic poem. It will work its way A-Z. Read the poem titled "A Poem for S." by Jessica Greenbaum. You can find this poem in our Team. At the top of the page look for Files, then Class Materials, and you will see it there.  Write your own abedarius and share it here. 

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  • CWB Online Forum #6

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    An anaphora is a figure of speech where words or short phrases are repeated at the beginning of each sentence. For example, Martin Luther King, Jrs. "I Have A Dream" speech. His use of that phrase is repeated often throughout his speech to start his next thought or sentence. Write your own anaphora here about anything. If you need an idea to get started, consider what you're going through now, the past, or life after high school (the future). Feel free to use one of the following phrases if you need to:  

    Every day...

    I wish...

    My life...

    Right now...

    Who is...


    It is for...

    These should start each of your sentences.  You do not have to use these phrases; they are just suggestions.  To clarify, you only need to choose ONE phrase to use throughout.  Your anaphora should be at least 12 sentences. 

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  • CWB Online Forum #7

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    Time for a little reflection....take this enneagram personality quiz and read what the results say about you.  Do you agree/disagree with what is said?  Explain your answer.

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  • CWB Online Forum #8

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    The soundtrack of your life (so far).  I'm a firm believer that music is one thing that universally connects us. We may not like the same music, but whatever we listen to tells a story. Think of the important people, places, and events that have shaped you.  What songs come to mind? Choose at least 5 songs to create your soundtrack and why they are a part of your soundtrack.  

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  • CWB Online Forum #9

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    Congratulations! It is the year 2030 and, as a member of the graduating class of 2020 (or for those of you who are not currently seniors--a high school student in 2020), you have been invited back to KHS as the graduation speaker. Share your speech here. No, you do not have to actually speak it, just share the written version below. 

    Graduation speeches usually focus on achievements of the class and hopes for the future. You are welcome to write this speech and include anything you think would be relevant to your audience, the KHS Class of 2030 (PS, if this really happens I will still be working and I expect a 'hello'!)

    For some inspiration, I'd like to share one of my all time favorite commencement speeches, which is from Ellen DeGeneres to the Tulane University Class of 2009.  For reference, Tulane is located in the heart of New Orleans, Louisana, and when these students were freshmen, Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc through the state. Like many of you, a time that should have been filled with joy, happiness, and excitement was crushed, but also like many of you, they rose to the occasion and grew stronger from this experience.

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