Daily: (Appendix One: Overhead Day 2) write for five minutes about a favorite activity you like to do. Make sure that you have a main idea, supporting ideas, examples, and correct grammar.
write for another five minutes about another (or the same) favorite activity. Write as quickly as possible without regard for proper grammar, punctuation, or "format." The goal is to get as many ideas out as you can by writing the first ideas that come to your mind and going from there.
HOME WORK: Have students answer questionnaire and return -- hand out Shen -- read and write a one page summary only (typed, double spaced) Read pages 146-156 in PHG.
- Which freewriting exercise was the simplest? Why? What kinds of internalized pressures result from feeling like writing must be done perfectly the first time out? How can that impede or even stop you from writing well (or at all!)?
- Discuss briefly how many of our ideas about writing come from feelings that "real writers are born, not made," "my lack of English skills will stop me from communicating effectively," etc.
- What kind of classroom environment facilitates writing -- discuss
Spend last 5-10 minutes in groups of two -- find out something about the other person, share.