- For emphasis: you need to read at least 30 minutes (audio length) per day 5X per week--plus whatever we may read in class. With your book on your iPad, take advantage of car rides, bus rides, that time when you climb into bed, trips to go skiing , etc, to keep up with you reading.
Class Work: each class period will be devoted to work on Moby Dick--both reading and writing. We will need to recite all the WW Fenn pieces by the end of next week.
Daily Blogging: I "get" how hard it can be to ask someone to blog each day. Really what I am trying to get you to do is to to "write" each day, and to practice and make a habit of writing down what you are thinking. Writing gives substance to thought and by giving substance to your thoughts you are giving substance to yourself--and when there is more "substance" to you, there will be more opportunities in life for you.
How's that for math?
If you want to use a quick and easy way to write every day, consider doing what I now do (I used to just write in a notebook: yikes!). I use an app called Day One. It is a simple and uncluttered journal that is only shared with you. I like using it because I can write "whatever" I want and not worry about what people think or say. A good portion of the posts I write "do" become blog posts or poems or essays that I will share with the world--but I like having a private spot to begin writing. It even pops up on my screen each day to remind me to write each day.
Here's my deal: if you download Day One (or a similar program) you can do your daily blogging using that platform and simply show me your journal each week. If you want to share your posts on Weebly, you can do that, too.
My hopes for you as a writer are pretty simple: I want you to learn to write well and be confident in your ability to write well in any circumstance or setting. As a writer, I know that this does not just happen, so as a teacher I try to make it happen.