with Michelle Cameron
Final Online Journal Reviews
On Monday we did a final proofread of the students' journal submissions, including the images that I handpicked for them. In two instances there was a request to change the images; otherwise, everyone was pleased with them. Both students volunteered to send me images they would find – they can do so by Wednesday, at which point, I’ll find others myself and publish the journal.
I pointed out to the students that, while some of them took the revision process seriously, some did not. We talked about the fact that this is a critical aspect of finalizing their work. In some cases, I had to edit the final pieces rather dramatically – and in some, even re-made corrections that had already been suggested. While the writers seemed fine with their edited pieces, I would like to suggest that they be encouraged to pay closer attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, paragraphing, etc., in future when handing in what should be final projects.
Writing a Short Biography
I asked each student to write a short (7-10 word) biography for the journal and for the reading. We discussed what made each one of them unique, including sports, other activities, pets, television and games they enjoy, siblings, etc. I think they did a wonderful job with their bios!
Reading on May 5!
We have selected our reading order and what each writer will read. There was some discussion about some of the pieces, and how we need to balance the reading order.
Then we went downstairs to the dining room to practice. We discussed certain aspects of reading that they need to pay attention to:
· Planting their feet, putting their hands in a natural position, and not swaying or pacing while reading
· Speaking loudly and slowly – something we’ve been practicing as they’ve read aloud in class
· Looking up every once in awhile
· Reading with expression – and utilizing different voices (without becoming silly) for different characters
· Not getting upset or frustrated if they make a mistake – just saying something like: “Let me read that line over”
· Practicing during the week so that they can read more fluidly during the day
On that last note, do encourage them to practice during the week. Once a day would be ideal. If you’re not going to be at the reading (and I hope many of you will), do suggest that they practice with you as audience. If they don’t want to do that, they might want to practice in front of a mirror.
We’ll begin our reading on May 5 at 10 AM in the dining room. I think you’ll be very impressed with the fine work your writers have done this session. Light refreshments will be served. Please do join us!