Thursday, September 26, 2013

Revise Johnny's Last Letter

IWBAT revise and edit Johnny's last letter, by adding realistic dialogue, in order to improve the voice.
  • Format: personal (friendly) letter
  • Audience: Ponyboy Curtin
  • Role: Johnny Cade
  • Topic: what I've learned & my advice for Ponyboy

1. Do NowTwo/To/Too Practice (please complete in order):

2. Review: Tough Questions

3. Read Chapter 11 in The Outsiders and analyze the tough questions

4. Share Your Letter with Mr. T:
  1. In the upper left corner of your document, click Share.
  2. Next to People at who have the link can view, click Change.
  3. Next to Access: Anyone within, click Can view and select Can comment from the dropdown menu. Click Save.
  4. When the link to share is highlighted, press Ctrl + C to copy the link.
  5. Complete the form below, and use Ctrl + V to paste the link. 

5. Revise Letter for Voice:

  • Revising literally means seeing again. 
    • When we revise, we improve big-picture things in our writing, like our ideas and the way they connect to one another.
    • We don't worry about the nitty-gritty details like capital letters and punctuation (that is editing).
  • Today, we will revise specifically for voice.
  • Voice is how the personality of the author (or speaker) comes through the writing. 
    • Since you are writing as Johnny, we are working to make Johnny's voice come through.
    • We must first determine what Johnny's voice is like and then work to replicate it in our writing.
  • Directions for Writer's Workshop:
    • Reread your letter.
    • Find places where your voice does not sound like Johnny and get rid of it or change it.
      • Don't tell Pony things he would already know.
      • Johnny uses improper (not perfect) English and has a Southern accent.
    • Find places where you can make Johnny's voice come through more clearly.
      • Johnny is quiet, but deep down, he is courageous. Show this in your writing.
      • Johnny frequently talks to Pony about his feelings and is deep. Add this to your writing.

6. Edit Letter for CUPS (Capitalization/Usage/Punctuation/Spelling): Check to make sure...

    • I have formatted my writing as a personal letter.
    • I have written in complete sentences.
    • I have indented all paragraphs with the TAB key.
    • There is a space after each period, comma, and question mark.
    • I have capitalized the first word of each sentence.
    • I have capitalized all proper nouns: specific people, places, things, and dates.
    • I have used the correct forms of there/their/they're, your/you're, and to/two/too.
    • I have correctly spelled Johnny, Ponyboy, Windrixville, and other words from the book.
    • I have used end punctuation correctly, meaning all sentences end in . / ! / ?
    • I have included commas after the greeting (Dear Ponyboy,) and after the number in the date (September 25, 1963).

7. Complete Exit Slip: 

Homework: Homophones

Your second unit assessment is tomorrow!

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