Framework First, Adornment Second


The framework goes up first when constructing a house.


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(Vermont Timberworks)


Consider Ernest Hemingway’s words:

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Write a ‘bare-bones’ framework for a new story.

2. Save description for another day.


This framework should ideally be a simple story started on a blank piece of paper.

If you are having trouble getting started, this worksheet may help.

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Rewrite a Greek Myth

Greek myths have been rewritten many times.


The tale of Hercules and the flesh-eating mares of Diomedes has been told in several versions over the ages.


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A modern tale that includes flesh-eating horses is:

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The Scorpio Races is available as an excellent audio version, featuring the voice of Steve West.

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D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths:

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Refresh your memory on Greek myths at this Scholastic game site:

2. Write your own version of a Greek myth.

A Yucky Poem


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I stepped in something yucky
As I walked by the crick.
I grabbed a stick to scrape it off,
The yuck stuck to my stick.
I tried to pull it off the stick,
The yuck stuck to my hand.
I tried to wash it off–but it
Stuck to the washin’ pan.
I called my dog to pull me loose,
The yuck stuck to his fur.
He rubbed himself against the cat,
The yuck got stuck to her.
My friends and neighbors came to help–
Now all of us are stuck,
Which goes to show what happens
When one person steps in yuck.

…………….by Shel Silverstein


Today’s Assignment:

1. Go outside.

2. Write a poem.

What’s a Comma Splice?

A comma splice should be avoided. It is a run-on sentence.

A comma splice occurs when two independent clauses are connected with only a comma.

For example, the following sentence is wrong:

We are going to the movie theater, Jurassic World is showing.


It can be written as two separate sentences.

Like this:

We are going to the movie theater.

Jurassic World is showing.

Or it can be written using an appropriate conjunction or transitional word.

Like this:

We are going to the movie theater because Jurassic World is showing.


Or a semi-colon can be used to separate the two independent sentences.

Like this:

We are going to the movie theater; Jurassic World is showing.


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Movie trailer:

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Acronyms and the Latin: Ab Ovo

An acronym is a word formed from the first letters of each one of the words in a phrase.

Many Latin terms such as “ab ovo” may sound like acronyms, but they aren’t.


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AB OVO (Latin, “from the egg”): This phrase refers to a narrative that starts at the beginning of the plot, and then moves chronologically through a sequence of events to the tale’s conclusion.


This pattern is the opposite of a tale that begins in medias res, one in which the narrative starts “in the middle of things,” well into the middle of the plot, and then proceeds to explain earlier events through the characters’ dialogue, memories, or flashbacks.



Examples of Acronyms:

N.A.T.O. = North Atlantic Treaty Organization

S.C.U.B.A. = self-contained underwater breathing apparatus

Interpol = International Criminal Police Organization

AIDS = acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

CD-ROM = Compact Disc read-only memory

I.O.U. = i-o-u for “I owe you” (this should be IOY–but that would be silly)

PIN Number = personal identification number


Remember these acronyms found in Harry Potter. (click to enlarge)

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Here’s a silly acronym:

How are you?

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Today’s assignment:

1. Create an acronym for your name or for the name of your writing project.

2. Explain how your current writing project is ‘ab ovo’ or ‘in medias res.’

Artist Spotlight: Su Blackwell


This amazing 3-D book sculpture is by Su Blackwell.

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This is one of Su Blackwell’s fantastic commercial projects.

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See more about Su Blackwell here:


Today’s Assignment:

Create with paper and scissors. Perhaps a favorite story will inspire you.


This video from Upcycling101 will give you ideas (although it seems a shame to do this to a book!)

Design your own project with available materials.

Micah 6:8 Happy Father’s Day!

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He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the
Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NIV)


Happy Father’s Day!


Today’s Assignment:

1. Think about fathers who appear in various works of fiction.

2. Write a scene about a father.

3. Memorize Micah 6:8.

4. Rest.

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