Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17th, 2014--Creative Writing

Monday, November 17th, 2014
Day 20

When You Come In
  1. Sign in, please.
  2. Put your phone in the hostage center.
  3. Grab your manila folder off the front table.

Organization and Reflection (handout)
  • Since it’s mid-term, we are going to examine our work to date, and get our folders organized.

Absence Reminder
  • If you are absent, and you make up an assignment I’ve already graded, e-mail me with the specifics.  Here’s an example:

Late Work Announcement
  • ...no more late work accepted, unless you are absent from school.

Writing Experiment #7: Five Easy Pieces
  • Big Picture:  tell a whole story in a quick scene.

Step #1:
  • Remember a person you know well, OR invent a person.

Step #2:
  • Imagine a place where you find the person.

Five Minutes
  • In the five minutes I give you, on a sheet of notebook paper, write down as many people you know, or can invent, then the place where you’d find that person.  Here’s an example of what your list will look like:
  1. Papa Studio
  2. Aunt Pauline Kitchen
  3. Alligator-Man Sewer
  4. Sydney the Cat Cigar Store
  5. Seraphina Piano

Step #3:
  • Select one person from your list you’re most drawn to--who’s the one person you’re most interested in writing about right now?

Step #4:
Write!  SHOW, don’t tell.  Use details from all five senses to create imagery, to help us SEE this person and this place!
  1. Describe the person’s hands.  
  2. Describe something he or she is doing with the hands.
  3. Use a metaphor to say something about some exotic (foreign or unfamiliar) place.
  4. Mention what you would want to ask this person in the context of 2 and 3 above.
  5. The person looks up or toward you, notices you there, gives an answer that suggest he or show only gets part of what you asked.
We will write for ten minutes.  At the end of this time, anyone who wishes to read aloud may do so.  Then we’ll hand these into the drawer.

Questions After Writing
  1. What did you learn from it?
  2. What did you observe about your own efforts?
  3. What did you like about it?
  4. What questions do you have about it?

The Fifty-Word Story
PART I (Twenty Minutes)
1.      Turn to your book pages 28 and 29.
2.     Carefully read the directions for Part I—the reading assignment.
3.     Go to our class google folder, and look at the MODEL I left for you of what Part I should look like when you’re finished.
4.     Website:  www.fiftywordstories.com
5.     Complete those as directed on page 28.
6.     Save your favorites in the class folder for that assignment.

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