Of major importance this year, as we delve into online resources and tackle writing and research topics, is proper referencing and citation of the material we use. We live in a remix culture - we take things, work with them and add our own flare to them. Mark Ronson, musician, DJ and producer, delivers a TEDtalk on this culture. It is OK for us to take ideas and work with them to create our own knowledge and understanding, however, we must give proper credit. To give the TEDtalk the proper credit I would need to write a citation like this:
TED. (2014, May 9). Mark Ronson: How sampling transformed music [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3TF-hI7zKc
Federation of Fright - writing prompt
Below is a copy of the memo received in both paper and video format by students. The mission for the day is to take on a fictional monster character and create a day plan. This can be used to help write a diary entry for the monster. These will be used tomorrow for a drama activity "Day in the Life..."
20:00 Get alarm clock repaired - it keeps ringing early and I get up in daylight (there is nothing worse for a vampire's skin than sunlight and I can't face going to the beauty parlor and listening to Frankie complaining about the school kids).
23:00 Pick up cape at the cleaners - make sure they don't give me the Ghost's sheet again.
24:00 Moonbathe - I don't think this sun scream some person sent me will be any use...
1:00 Go out for a night on the town, drink some tomato juice, and watch a good horror film - but one with no vampires (I'm a little scared of them)
3:00 Go back to the cemetery -- make sure I lie down in the right coffin, the other grave owners are getting annoyed.
Magic 3 - verb, verb, and verb
Good writers use a variety of strategies to develop powerful pieces of writing. During this lesson we learned about develop our writing by stringing together a series of phrases using verbs and descriptive adjectives. Magically improve your writing!
example: I searched for something warm to wear today. I found something I had completely forgotten about. I wore a soft, cashmere green sweater today. Concentrate on the verbs and create a powerful sentence. I searched my closet for something warm, found something I had completely forgotten about, and wore my soft, cashmere green sweater today.
So instead of three short sentences, you now have one glorious, detailed sentence! You are expanding using the verbs searched, found and wore. You don’t have to repeat the subject.
1. The words or phrases must be the same length and pattern or structure.
2. The words or phrases must convey a key image or idea.
3. The order of the words should flow smoothly and rhythmically.
4. There should be a comma between each word or phrase