Archive for February, 2008

ELNG Journal

It’s READING WEEK! Hurray! This week makes me so happy every winter semester because its one whole glorious week off of school! Most people like to head away to somewhere nice and hot and relax. I on the other hand choose to stay in Regina and work… I am the most exciting person ever! HAHA! Its been an alright reading week so far for me, I have been pretty busy with work and volunteer events (I finish up my hours for my project today!). Nothing all that exciting has happened to me sadly! Also I should probably finish up some of my homework assignments that are sitting on my floor staring up at me but that has absolutely no appeal to me today! I better go and get ready!


ELNG Assignment

So I have been working on gathering a lot of different types of writing for my writers notebook and had a really good time sharing them with my friends at my table. With each item that each of us showed it lead to a discussion about similar stories that we could all relate to.

So here are my answers to the questions about writers notebook.

1. I have a collected a fair amount of stuff already which makes me really happy. I have a folder in my room which I add things to from time to time. It has gotten to be very full and looking like there is a lot of stuff to go through!

2. I think the things that I need to make my writers notebook better or progress that I need to take to make it better is taking the time to sort everything out into different types of writing because right now its kind of scary to look at the huge mess of a file folder I have in front of me!

3. My collection that I have going on right now in my writers notebook is a mixture of many things. I have lots of photographs but also cards and pictures that have been made by hand for me from children that I have worked with. Also I have placed in letters that have impacted me and handouts about what it means to be a teacher. Each of these things influences me in a different way. When I look at the pictures that were made for me I began to think of all the different adventures and times that I spent with all of these different children. Also when I look at the ticket stubs or the teaching handouts that I have done I remember why I have chosen to stick to this degree through school.

ELNG Journal

So its a snowy and cold day out there and I absolutely need a break from studying! I am happily curled up at home with my hairy little pup (who’s happily snoring at the foot of my bed) and I was thinking about the different genre’s of writing and how a lot of books I have been reading actually fit into those types! So I thought I would write about a few of them in here. = )

1. Princess Diaries: Yes I actually do own a few of these books from back when I was younger. These are interesting books because it is set up in the form of journal entries. These are great books for young girls because the main character goes through some similar issues of getting through high school on a day to day basis.

2. The Boy Next Door: I absolutely love this book because the entire book is based on emails exchanged between the characters as it unfolds into a murder mystery plot! Its an excellant read on a snowy day like this!

3. The Boy Friend List (13 boys, 4 ceramic frogs and me, Ruby Oliver): This book is actually set up in the form of a personal biography (which also includes commentary footnotes by the main character). This is a great book that young girls can relate to because of the main character Ruby Oliver dealing with losing and gaining friends and even boyfriends.

4. The Boy Book: This is the sequel to the Boyfriend List and is set up in the same format and with many of the same characters. This book continues on through Ruby’s life and the lessons that she learns along the way.

5. Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown: This is another personal narrative book about the author who describes all the important events in her life and how fashion has influenced each one of them. This book is absolutely hilarious to read and the reader can relate to the author through many different scenerio’s.

6. Feeling Sorry For Celia: This is one of my all time favorite books to read! The entire story is made up of letters between two girls who’s classes are to become pen pals. Also through out the book there are letters from different imaginary societys (ie. Cold Hard Truth Association, Highschool Runners- who would only be good if they trained regularly association and even the Association of Teenagers) which repersent the main character Elisabeth’s thoughts as she deals with developing new friendships and figuring out old ones. Also included are notes from Elisabeths mother left on the fridge door reminding her about different things.

7. The Year of Secret Assignments- This is by the same author and does have a brief appearance by Elisabeth in the book. This story is set up similarly to Feeling Sorry for Celia except that there are additions of diary entries and writer’s notebook entries along with the pen pal letters. This is another great book for younger readers because there is a easy connection formed between the reader and the plot line.

ELNG Assignment

What does it mean to be a writer? There are so many things that can define who is a writer that anyone can become one with out even knowing. When I think of someone who is a writer I think of them as:

W: WORDSMITH, someone who wants to be a writer must consider that what they are trying to tell the reader does not only depend on the ideas that they are expressing but the words that they are using. If someone chooses weak or boring words they may lose the readers interest in what they are trying to say through the piece of writing.

R: READER, if someone is to be a writer they must also be a reader because there is no way that they can develop themselves to become a stronger writer if they do not take the time to read their work but also other people’s work so that they can form ideas and opinions.

I: IMAGINATIVE, for someone to be a writer they need to have some form of imagination, though they may not write fantasy or muder mysteries, their imagination will influence their writing in many different ways such as the originality of the writing style and possibly what they are saying to the reader.

T: THINKER or TIME, a writer is someone who takes the time to work through the writing process thinking about what they want to write and how they want to write it. Also the time that the writer takes working on their piece of writing will influence how to become a better writer over time.

E: EDITOR, someone who is considered a writer must also acknowledge that a great piece of writing can not be accomplished by sitting down and just simply writing the first things that come to mind but taking time to edit what they write to try and form the best piece of writing that they can.

R: RELAXED, for someone to be a strong writer they must not fear writing because the writing will not be the writers voice in any sort of way. Also because to many people cringe and panic when the word writing is mentioned.

Some other words that pop into my mind when I think writer, is dictionary and thesaurus becuase without those I would have not come up with most of these words and been able to check to make sure that wordsmith was really a word! = )

ELNG Journal Entry

Well its a new week! HURRAY! I am so happy because after this week it will be reading week and though I don’t have any where exciting to travel to I will be keeping busy! For my reading week I will be volunteering at the Ice and Fire Festival in Victoria Park (At least thats what I think its called, I just know its the one down town!) For a couple hours and then another couple hours at the Food Bank so that I can finsih up my class assignment! Also I am going to be working for most of my days so I guess its not really that much of a vacaiton for me! But I guess not having to go to class for a week will be a very good break for me! = ) My week has been very quiet to start off with. I managed to finish up all my assignments that are due this week, last week so that all I have to do is hand them in and just hang out and relax! I always like doing that!

I was thinking about what it means to be a writer which my next post will be about! This got me thinking about a website that I visit on a weekly basis and its called Post Secret. At this site people create post cards with secrets on them and send them into the website. The site gets updated every Sunday (which has become my sunday night ritual to read the new post cards). Also the creator of the site has put out 4 books containing these post cards and I actually own 3 of them! They are really good though some are very sad but it made me think about what it means to be a writer. A writer is someone who can express themsevles creativly through writing and everyone has their own unique way of doing so. For people who send in these post cards, they really are writers because even though they may only use a few words or phrases on the post card they are expressing themselves so much more then writing pages and pages trying to say what they are feeling when only a few simple words can express an entire amount of emotions that so many people can read and relate to on a personal basis. Also for the record I have had mnay people who think that I am weird for reading these and also that this is the most bizzare idea ever but for me I find it to be the most purest and honest expression that any person can make.

I have added the link in if anyone would like to go and check out the site!

ELNG Journal Entry

Its already February and I am so glad that in a week and some it will be reading week. I am going to be quite a boring person and just spend my entire week off of school working.. Not that fun I know! GAH! But i guess I will get some time to spend time with friends who I am sad to say have kinda got misplaced between school work and my own work.

I am excited for the end of the week because I get to do a day camp on healthy eating! I have been planning it out and think I am ready! I did one the other week, where it was an ice cream social. It was really fun cause we got to make ice cream in baggies which was very tasty! My work has been very helpful because I get to plan out “lessons” and work with a group of kids for a couple hours. This feels really helpful for me as an upcoming teacher because I get the chance to be in a leader role even if for a little while.

It was kinda tricky when I was doing my lesson plan for my group project because I felt nervous doing it in front of my class mates, mainly I think I was nervous about being judged by them and what I was doing. I get really nervous about things like that and sometimes feel like I kind of screwed up.

Later days!

ELNG Assignment

How can teachers respect a writer’s efforts and still inspire the writer to stretch and extend their writing?(Section 20)

A teacher can respect a writers efforts but still inspire that writer in many different ways. One particular way that the teacher could do this is talk to the writer and find out what they are most passionate about and try to incorporate it into the writing experience. If the writer does not have the strongest ability, a teacher can provide insight, or thoughts about what the writer may want to do to try and fix what they are doign wrong. A teacher should never degrade a student but try and understand, support but also encourage new writing and change in a step by step process so that they student will not feel overwhelmed and confused. If students are given the chance to expand slowly and have the teacher provide support and information on the changes, they may feel more comfortable to continue to work harder on the changes.

It is difficult as teachers because you do not want to damper or put down a writers work but not give them the proper encouragement where they will feel like they are just getting told that they are doing a good job and not recieving any other feedback. The influences that we have on writers can impact how they view themselves and either the continuation of their writing or the stopping of their writing.