• Navigate to your student wiki page and prepare to freewrite about the readings you were assigned for homework.
    • When I ask you to begin, please freewrite about them.
    • Remember to continuously write! No need to spellcheck or edit as you go, just keep writing.
    • I'll let you know when time's up.

Partnered Discussions

  • I'd like you to share notes from your freewrite with someone else in the class...
    • You can work with anyone in the room, but it's probably easiest to stay near your computer, in case you'd like your partner to read you freewrite :)
    • Focus on what you found important or interesting from the readings and see if your partner had similar or different ideas.
    • After reviewing with each other, try to come up with some answers to the following questions (or other questions if you have some!)

Questions to discuss:

  • After reading Lamott, do you think differently about your writing process? In what way/s?
  • Were you able to relate the readings to your own lives? If so, how?
  • Comic books inspired Alexie to become an active reader and writer. Who or what inspired you to value education or to at least pursue a college education?
  • If you have time - what did you like most about the readings?

Discourse Communities Activity: Grouping Your "Friends"

  • Let's look at the glossary definition of discourse communities.
  • Take 15 minutes with your partner and "interview" each other about your discourse communities. Compose a list of your discourse communities that we can discuss as a class on Wednesday (what communities do you share? What communities are you a part of that differ from your partner's, and in what ways?).


  • Let's look at the glossary definition of genre. What kinds of genres are present in your immediate personal experience?
  • Take ten minutes or so to add to the end of your discourse community list.
    • Brainstorm a list of genres that relate to you.


  • Read Donald Murray's "All Writing Is Autobiography" on pages 56-65 of WAW.
  • Bring evidence (an example) of a particular genre that defines a part of your literacy.