The Book of Us
"The Book of Us" was a project in which we the students had to write a non-fiction story about something that mattered to us. Then we put all the stories together and made it into a book! I choose to write about the time I went vegetarian beause it was the story that I felt more conected to and I felt that I could write more about this story than any other.
The Real world purpose fits into our writting because it helped us shape our writting pieces. Now , every story is organized and had a topic on what kind of writing it is. It also helped us know what kind of writing we wanted to write like because every one of them is a different style of writing.
1 Topic = 18 Topics
This was one of the first graphic organizers that the teacher gave us. We had to choose one main topic, and then we had to come up with 18 topics that were related to the big topic and to the 6 writing purpose. In my opinion, I felt like this gave me more ideas of what to write, even though I just picked one of the 18 topics. It just makes you think of different topics on what to write and you may come up with something awesome that you wouldn't come up without the organizer. I chose to write about one of the Express & Reflect's topics which is the time I went vegetarian.
5 Minute Quick Writes
Text Graphic Organizer
Mentor text is what you use to help you to be more organized on your writing. It's for you to get ideas on how you can write your piece from start to finish by comparing a different piece that you liked. I actually didn't used this on my final piece because I just felt like I needed to write my piece on my own.I dodnt think I needed to make my piece like another piece. I wanted mine to be unique, not similar to another one.
This was 4 out of 6 quick writes that I wrote. We wrote one quick write for all 6 real world purpose. We wrote these to get a feel of how all the different types of writtings felt like. I also think that we wrote these to kind of get an idea on which one you enjoyed writting the most, so you an write like that on the real piece. I I feel like this helped me because by doing this knew that I wanted to write an Express & Reflect piece. I felt like it was easier and way funner than all the other ones.
The sensory Image was the graphic organizer that helped me the most. It was alittle surprising because all you have to do is write what you feel, hear, touch, taste. I felt that this graphic organizer made me be more specific on my piece and i'm hoping that I remember this in the future becasue it helped me quite a lot. The graphic organizer that didn't really helped me was the opening lines but it wasn't really because it was bad. It was because I already had an opeing line that I liked and I wasn't actually trying to fill this out correctly, so maybe that's why it didn't help me.
Something that I am really pround of about this piece is that my piece went from one big chunck of little stories, to one story with many paragraphs. Another thing that I was proud of was that I found something that I was interesting in writting about, because most of he tie I have to write about something that i'm not really passionate about. Something that I would do different, is to take more time on my piece because I had a lot of stress on other homeworks and POL's , so I kind of did this work last, so I didn't give it my all.
Feedback & Critique
I really feel like the 1 topic=18 topics really helped me to get my ideas down in a more organized way. I really think it helped me because from the topic that I choose whcih was "food" , I came up with " My Time as a Vegetarian". I think this organizer makes you think deeper about the simple topic, which for me was "food". Another organizer that helped me alot on my writing was the scissors critique. I think this critique gives us a way for us to see how out piece wil hear like if you mixed the paragraphs.
At the beggining of this project, I had no clue what wanted to write about and nothing would pop into my mind. After doing the 1 topic=18 topics I started to think about the idea of writing about the benefits of vegetarians. I then started to realize that I would have to do a lot of research and I would'nt want to be saying a fact that would not be true. So I kept thinking of more things I could write about that had to do with vegetarians. Then I thought "what if I write about my expirience on being a vegetarian?", and it was a great idea because it was somethig that I would actually enjoy writting about and it would be easy to write my thoughts down. The downdraft and my final draft are not the same at all. The first draft looks really messy and it was just different thoughts put together and the final draft looks really neat. For the future, I would defenently want to use the 1 topic=18 topics because it helped me a lot on organizing myself and coming up with ideas to write about!