Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Moon movie - ACK!

*Movie spoilers in this post*

Loved
  • wolf pack
  • phasing
  • Kristin Stewart as Bella
  • Taylor Lautner as Jacob
  • Bella and Jacob
Hated
  • lame acting/directing of any and all vampires in this movie, except for Victoria (who is played by different actress in Eclipse movie). I don't know what or whom to blame. Utterly aghast.
Especially hated
  • plot changes, such as Voltorri fight scene, Bella riding on strange guy's motorcycle (all unnecessary and ridiculous)
  • Alice's supposed "vision" of Bella and Edward (EW!!!!!!!!!)
  • Any and all of Bella and Edward's love/kissing scenes - contrived, overacted, made me gag
Bottom line - I was on Team Edward through both readings of all 4 books. And now I am on Team Jacob.

Monday, November 16, 2009

back on track

As of this morning, I was about 1000 words behind on my novel. Now I'm caught up! I used some class time to write, and my students were very cooperative by working on their own novels. I also showed them clips of Stephenie Meyer's Oprah interviews about her writing process and, of course, the Twilight series. Yes, I admit I was feeding the anticipation of the movie release of "New Moon" but also sharing writing inspiration from another writer. (OK, she's a very famous writer, and we're not famous, but we're still writers.)

I haven't mentioned lately my "academic push-in" to an 8th grade inclusion ELA class. My role is essentially in "instructional support" capacity, and the class already has two other teachers - the ELA teacher and the inclusion teacher. We've become quite the co-teaching team! I've been able to provide some direct instruction and materials for a classroom novel unit (The Giver) and the corresponding writing prompt (personal narrative). I firmly believe the key to our collaboration is absolute trust among the 3 of us - of course trust that we have the students' best interests in mind, but ALSO trust that we have each other's best interests in mind.

I'm still reading Brisingr, no lie. More than halfway through, but not by much.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

1784 words

... written! I'm on track, 200 words per day, to reach 6000 by November 30 for NaNoWriMo. Yay! My students are having fun writing their novels. Almost all of them are reaching daily word count goals. Some are surpassing their goals, which leads me to think I should set the standard higher next time. (Definitely higher next year when they're in 8th grade.)

The only downer has been one student (yeah, there's gotta be one) who's testing the outer limits of what's appropriate for school. The bright side of that problem is another student giving me the solution - give a movie rating! So I'm going to tell my classes tomorrow - keep it PG.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

happy nanowrimo 2009


NaNoWriMo is ON! I know my word count goal is small (6000 or twice the highest student word count, whichever is higher), but I made my daily goal today YAY ME! (291 written)

The non-writing news is that I borrowed from the public library seasons 1 and some of 2 DVDs of "Gossip Girl" (TV show, based on novels) and have thoroughly overloaded my brain by watching them. I think I'm done obsessing, and now will just follow the current season 3 in a normal, weekly manner.

Last but not least, I borrowed Brisingr (book 3 of Eragon series) again. I really hope to push through and finish it this time.