Long Way Down

After we finish the book, in whatever format you want (paragraph, creative writing/story, poem), write what happens next in the story.

Spoken Word Examples

Here are the poems we watched in class:

“59” by Harry Baker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxGWGohIXiw

“Complainers” by Rudy Francisco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8NVLq2fGLc

“Please Don’t Take My Air Jordans” by Lemon Andersen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT7VMrxTPPA

“Seven Small Ways in which I Loved Myself this Week” by Sabrina Benaim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ-RBa5EcRo

“21” by Patrick Roche: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LnMhy8kDiQ

Spoken Word Poem Assignment

You will be writing and performing a spoken word poem about whatever you want. 

When choosing a topic it’s best to pick something you feel strongly about, whether in a positive or negative way. This doesn’t not mean your poem has to be super serious - you may feel strongly about broccoli in a negative way, but make your poem quite humorous.

Your poem should be long enough to tell your whole “story” or thought. It should feel complete. Aim for at least a page, as it will go quickly when you read it out loud.

Your poem should have a title.

Your poem should be written as a poem, not a paragraph. Think about stanzas, line breaks, and punctuation - these things will also help you when you have to read your poem out.

You will hand in a copy of your poem after your present it. 


When practicing performing your poem, think about the following:
-Consider the tone of your voice / the emotion behind it (joy/excitement/anger/sorrow/etc)

-Think about the pace you are speaking - slow/fast

-Are there times you want to pause?

-Do you want to move around the stage, or stay still? Do you want hand gestures?

Remember to be louder than you think you should be, as we tend to get quieter when we’re nervous/ in front of people.

WALL-E In-Class Write

Last week we watched WALL-E during class and wrote down notes. We focused on indirect characterization for WALL-E, EVE, and AUTO, as well as general notes on potential themes and important things to remember.

This week you will be writing an in-class composition on a question you don’t know yet. You are allowed to have your note sheet with you during the write and can refer to it as much or as little as you want.


2-4: April 25

1-1 / 1-4: April 26

Playlist Mini Project

  1. Choose either Ashley or Stewart as your character.

  2. Pick 5 songs you think they would have on their playlist.

    • Consider what we know about the character: their likes/dislikes, events they’ve gone through before the novel, the events they go through during the novel, any changes they experience as a person, how they feel at different points/ about different characters

  3. For each song, provide a short explantation of why you chose it / why it fits.

Book Review

Write a 1-2 paragraph book review about the novel. Some things to consider if you’re stuck:

  • How do you feel about the book? What are your thoughts on it?

  • Likes / dislikes?

  • Favourite or least favourite character/scene/etc.

  • Anything you would change?

  • Anything that you thought might happen but didn’t?

Section 7 Journal Entry

How do you feel about section 7?

Some prompts if you’re stuck:

-How do you feel about what was said, how they characters acted, choices they made?

-What do you think is going to happen next in the novel based on this section?

-What would you have done if you had been in the character’s position?

Section 5 Journal Entry

Quickwrite: Which character do you identify with and why/ in what ways are you similar?

Section 4 Journal Entries

Quickwrite: Take one of the connections you’ve made on your folded sheet (Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World) and expand into a paragraph.

Make a list of Things You Can Control, and Things You Can’t Control.

Character Sketch

A character sketch is a detailed description of a character in paragraph form. Some things you should consider including are:

-The physical attributes of your character

-The personality traits of your character 

-The background / backstory of your character

-Their emotions/emotional state (with context)

-Their fears and/or goals

-Their general view of life

-How they solve problems

Write a character sketch for Stewart, and a character sketch for Ashley, each one paragraph, detailing who they currently are at the start of the novel.