Exemplary Student Work

Over the course of the year, I will post examples of student work from the assignments we have accomplished in class. Enjoy!

Public Portrait Projects 2014-2015

Public Portraits Fall 2013

Writing Process Projects
Lilly K. visual (stack of books surrounded by clouds &                                                                             pencil 3D elements)
Shardonnay N. visual (a track with hurdles showing the                                                                                         process)
Clara W. visual (a town road with buildings showing the                                                                             process)

Lucia T. My Writing Process 102213

“Why do writers use a process?”

“What process is used to create a masterpiece?”

I use a writing process because without a process your writing piece would probably be unorganized and wouldn't have unity and coherence.  Process helps me form a topic for my writing piece. However, these are just the reasons that I use a writers process. Here are some examples of why other writers may use a writing process - it could help you concentrate on one topic, it can help you create stronger and more creative writing pieces, and it could even help you to create a writing piece that people will want to read for pleasure.   

The process that I use to create a masterpiece is, I become aware of my audience, my purpose, and my criteria for the writing piece. This helps because I can determine what to write about based on these three things. For example, if my audience was a kindergarden class, my purpose was to entertain them, and my criteria was an appropriate paragraph with at least two characters. I wouldn't write a 20 page long essay about government for kids to read. 

The next step I use is prewriting, and I use my creator. During this step I basically just write for fun, I brainstorm and create ideas. This helps me because without this step I would not become familiar with my materials and when I started the project I  would have no idea of what to write. 

In the third step I make a rough draft by incorporating some of the ideas that I brainstormed. Then revise and edit my rough draft. After doing both of these things I check my draft to make sure I am writing for the correct audience, and I check my criteria. Lastly I check for unity and coherence. This step is probably one of the most important steps because this is the step where I organize my ideas and start to form a storyline. 

In step four I do more drafting and add more details to the story. Then I repeat the editing and revision stages to correct my GUM mistake, (GUM mistakes are mistakes that you make in your grammar usage machanics) This step also helps me to see my writing piece from a different point of view. I also check my audience and criteria again to make sure that my writing piece is appropriate. Next I get feedback on my writing piece, this is very important to my process because I may notice some GUM errors that I didn't notice, and I might even have some ideas to add. For step five I repeat step four except this time spend more time on the editing and revision stages because this will be the final draft. I recommend reading the paper over out loud when editing and revising because it often helps you to pinpoint your mistakes. 

In step 6 I publish the paper. This means that I create my draft that everyone will see, this is my final draft. Steps 1-5 should make this step very easy because after all the drafting, revising, editing, ect. I should be able to simply copy down the final draft for the final copy. However I can still revise and edit while writing the final draft. After this whole process people should appreciate my work and give me positive feedback! 

METAPHORICAL EXPERIENCE with the WRITING PROCESS - students used clay to learn how a sculptor and a writer use a process to create a masterpiece. 

Pencil Holders 2014:

Pencil Holders pictured in no particular order by Jonah M., Hannah F., Isaac H., Rose B., Julia C., David D., Allison G., Montana A., Cameron B., Cala M., Jayna W., Arryenne K.

Some of the pencil holder examples 2013:
From left to right, top to bottom: Patrick, Katherine, David C. Dakota, Ricky, part of Christopher's, part of Mia's, Will, Beti, part of Gracie's

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