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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Our Fabulous New Schedule

After having a few meetings, we noticed that we weren't being as productive as we could be. So we have discussed and came up with this new and improved schedule. Here it is:

1.Snack and socializing time
2. Book Reviews/ current media discussion
3. Share writings
4. Writing prompts
5. Discuss blog

And our assignment will be to fill out a page with thoughts, ideas, or outlines, and etc.

- Jori

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Dreaded Persuasive Essay

It's that time of year again, Back to School!(Stop your booing. You know you love school.) Writing a essay is an essential skill. The essay in the persuasive variety causes dread in the hearts many young pupils everywhere. Yet, teachers seem to assign this type of essay often. With some simple tips you can learn to write a well-written persuasive essay too.
Study Guide and Strategies Website will help you write a well-written persuasive essay.

-Lindsey

What does this characters name mean? Part 1

Hey,
So recently my cousins and I were trying to search for the meaning of a certain name and we stumbled across this awesome site. When we couldn't stop searching for name meanings of people we knew, we decided to look at the names of some fictional characters from various works. I'll start out with something we should all be very familiar with:

"The Harry Potter series"
*Harry comes from the name "Harold", which is a male Scandinavian name which means "Army Ruler". And who was it again who led the fight against Voldemort again?
*Ron's full name is "Ronald" which is an English name for males which stands for "Advisor to the King". Ron is Harry's best friend, even if some of his advice is iffy.
*Hermione is a Greek name for females that means "Earthy". Not too much significance in her name, but it sounds like a name a really smart person would have.
*Draco is a Italian males name that mean "Dragon". Umm, yeah.
*Lily means "Blossoming Flower" in Latin and it's a girls name. There are a lot of flower based names in this series, Lily, Petunia, Pansy, and probably a couple more.
*James is supposedly a unisex name derived from Hebrew. It means "Supplanter".
*Sirius was a Greek name for males that meant "Sparkling and scorching". Sirius is also the name of a star that was heavily associated with dogs in Ancient times.

I could go on and on looking at all the names in "The Harry Potter series" because J.K. Rowling put so much thought into her characters names. If you want me to look up a particular name from "Harry Potter", just leave me a comment and I'll check it out for you.

Also, I'm going to write some more installments on name origins as evidenced by the "Part 1" thing-a-ma-jig placed in the title. I'm thinking about doing an article on "Twilight", "The Hunger Games series", "The Dark Divine series", and "Pride and Prejudice". If you have any suggestions for any other books or series, comment and tell me the name and what work it is from. I'd love to hear from you and help you out.

-Katie

P.S. I am working on "The Key to writing part 2 and 3" as dedicatedly as possible in the midst of getting ready for college. I'll still update this blog, but when I have free time to write extra non-school related things. ;)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"The Creativity Crisis"

This is the best article I've seen in awhile about how and why creativity is going down, AND how to prevent it.

-Katie

Friday, August 6, 2010

The key to writing (Entry 1 of 3)

Here after much ado, The first key of writing according to Katie:

The first great secret to writing is funnily enough, writing. Probably because of the simplicity of this truth however, most people will just disregard it...and get nothing done.

When writing it's important to remember that your rough draft is only that; a rough draft. By all means, write for quantity and follow your mind through every tangent it thinks up. This is true creativity. A great rule to remember about writing: less is less; and more is more. Always. This is true because when you find yourself in the editing stage you'll discover that editing a blank piece of paper is practically an impossible task when compared to patching up a not-quite-perfect literary composition.

-Katie

P.S. The next two entries will deal with rewriting and editing, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Schedule for Monday's Meeting

Two points of clarification:
1. We are not the view. (Even though our schedule looks like a telecast for the view.)
2. Our group pronounces schedule the British way because it sounds so much cooler.

Schedule:
1. Book reviews, current media discussion, and what inspires us roundtable discussion. (About 10-15 minutes)
2. Share Writing: Detailed critiques of team members work. (About 30-45 minutes.)
3. Writing contests, 4 rounds of contests that last 5 minutes each. (20 minutes.)
4. Lesson of the week. (10-30 minutes.)

-Lindsey

Monday, August 2, 2010

Our mission should we choose to accept it...

Well, since Danny was unable to attend our last meeting because he was sick we decided to make it short but but stimulating. So we (Lindsey, Jori, and me) decided to start off by talking about what inspires us and what kind of stories we like to create, (More on that in a future article...ha ha) what books we've read and how we liked them, and then we started our first GROUP CHALLENGE.

It's not that hard of a challenge except it might be hard to find the time to actually type it... Here it is: 200 to 500 words of original content of any genre and point of view the team member chooses. It *IS* our first one though so, hopefully we'll all have something nice and semi polished before the next time we meet up. (Oh, and don't worry; we filled Danny in so he won't fall behind;))

-Katie

P.S. "The key to writing" will be up on this site soon, so don't think that I forgot ha ha! It's shaping up nicely. Until next time then!