Class Chain Story

Daily Prompt #41: Create-a-scenario (given setting)

Create a scenario which takes place in the following setting:

  • Present day, interior of Target, Black Friday, 4am

Take ten minutes.

We’re going to have some writing fun creating chain stories as a class.

Let’s get in one big circle.

Now, everyone, start by writing a title for your story in your notebooks (you each will have your own).

Pass your notebook to the left. Read the title of the new notebook in your hand, then begin writing.

Whenever I say, “Pass!” you should pass to the left.

By the end of class, you will each get your notebooks back, complete with a story created by the class.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Exploring Different Interpretations

Daily Prompt #40: Create-a-scenario (given characters)

Take the following characters and write a scenario in which they interact. Feel free to incorporate dialogue.

  • A deranged dog
  • An angry baby
  • A lonely teenager
  • A kind old man

Write for ten minutes.

Today we’re going to have a little fun exploring different interpretations.

First, move around the room so that we four full tables.

On a post-it note, write down a word, phrase, sentence, or question.  It can be about anything you want.

Open your notebook to the next fresh page.  Stick the post-it note at the top.  Now pass your notebook to the left.

Read the post-it note and write a creative response to it in that person’s notebook.  It can take whatever form you like.

When I say switch, you should flip to the next fresh page in this person’s notebook and put the post-it at the top.  Pass the notebook to the left.

Repeat the process (read the post-it and write a response).

The key is that no one should read any other person’s response to the post-it note.  Your response should be totally unbiased from any other writing.

After a few rounds, you’ll get your original notebook back and get to read multiple peers’ unique responses to your post-it note.

Happy writing!

The Bus Ride

I love this blogger’s understated style when she is describing thought-provoking scenarios. This post is a great example of this. Check it out!

unlimitedthoughts

I walk up the steps onto the bus and quietly sit down. Looking around, there’s such a different assortment of people. I had a while to go until I reached my destination so I started listening in on conversations. These people suddenly become people I know too, pouring out their lives as I listen. At each stop I feel like I should be saying, “goodbye friend.”

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Fiction writing: Peer-editing

Daily Prompt #39: Writing from a Word

SNOW

What comes to your mind when you see this word?

Write for seven minutes.

First, you’re going to share your fiction with ONE peer and have them fill out a peer editing form.


Next, you’re going to get into groups based upon which aspect of your fiction you want the most help with. These are the five groups:

  • Plot
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue
  • Language (figurative and concrete language)
  • Conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation)

In these groups, pass your papers around and focus ONLY on this aspect of the writing, taking the time to make notes directly on the paper, as well as the peer editing form.

 

 

Fiction: Self-editing

Daily Prompt #38: Writing from a Word

THANKSGIVING

Write whatever comes to your mind when you see this word.

Take seven minutes.

Today, the goal is to start fine-tuning your fiction rough drafts.

First, let’s review the rubric in Google Classroom so you know exactly what the requirements are, as well as how you’ll be graded.

Now, use the remainder of the hour to self-edit your writing. Keep in mind we will be peer editing tomorrow, so get your essay in the best shape you can today.

If at all possible, bring a typed copy of your rough draft to class tomorrow. If you can’t, make sure you write legibly.

Sweet Sorrow of Love

This blogger has an extensive collection of work on her site with a wide range of genres. What I have found is her strong suit is her religious poetry. This is where her writer’s voice shines. Check it out!

Receive Grace 2 Show Grace

My infant Redeemer laid

His head on coarse hay

in a plate for the sheep

for my sins He paid

from that Child is my only way

My Savior, just a Babe, fell asleep

in a cave made a throne room

As Mary grew round

with the Mighty God

being composed in her womb

did she think her Child would be crowned

with thorns, but to rescue all from the Devil’s maraud?

Each kick was from the Everlasting Father

who grew up to die

and to live again

The Child to be born was time’s author

the helpless toddler’s every laugh and every cry

belonged to the Wonderful Counselor, King of all men

from the virgin birth

came forth the Prince of Peace

to free us from our wrongs

He said His kingdom was not of earth

His kingdom, His glory, His love will never cease

for us to be…

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Fiction: Dialogue

Daily Prompt #37: How many ways can you rewrite a sentence?

Take a sentence from the rough draft of your fiction piece and rewrite it at the top of this entry.

NOW, rewrite this sentence five times in five different ways.  You can add words, delete words, or take an entirely new angle.  The key is to start recognizing how much time you can spend crafting the perfect sentence.

Be prepared to share with your peers.

Today, I want to make sure you know how to write dialogue correctly.  Dialogue can be a powerful tool when writing fiction, especially when it sounds authentic.

 

With the time remaining, continue working on your rough drafts. Tomorrow, we will be doing several self-editing activities with them.

Happy writing!

 

 

Fiction: Figurative and Concrete Language

Daily Prompt #36: Inspired by great writers

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What do you think Anton Chekhov means by this? What’s he getting at?

Take five minutes to write your thoughts.

Figurative and concrete language help to make your writing vivid and, ultimately, more interesting. Letś do some writing exercises to practice!

Figurative Language: language that is different from the literal interpretation. They are figures of speech. Examples would be metaphor, simile, and personification, just to name a few.

Write the following sentence in your notebook.

The girl was sad.

Rewrite this sentence now, using a metaphor.

Now use a simile.

Now use personification.

Now use apostrophe. Bet you do not know this one! It’s when a character speaks to someone who cannot speak back, often an inanimate object. A classic example is the children’s song, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Another example is when Hamlet talks to a dagger he is imagining is in front of him.

See? There are so many ways to describe how this girl is sad. Figurative language can make her sadness more beautiful, more poignant.


 

Letś consider concrete language now: language which appeals to all the senses. This type of language helps you show rather than tell in your writing.

Write the following sentence in your notebook:

The boy was happy.

Using all five senses, write a brief paragraph which shows the boyś happiness.

  • sight
  • sound
  • smell
  • taste
  • touch

 

With the time remaining, continue working on your works of fiction and, if youŕe ready, start inserting more figurative and concrete language.