Exceptional Creative Essays

I’d like to share with you the Top 9 creative essays this semester. All of the essays were excellent, but these offered something a little extra, whether it was superb editing, an unique point of view, vivid imagery, or a surprising topic.  From this list, three were chosen to be the top winners.

I hope you enjoy!

Top 3

  1. The Walk Through Chaos
  2. Yellow Lights and Trapezoids
  3. Walking the Path of Another

Runners-up

4.  Untitled (from Dissection of a Daisy)

5. Firm Handshakes  

6. General Lee

7. Alive

8. When You Share Brokenness Trust Blossoms

9. Reliving

Short Story and Novel Excerpts Due

Hi folks! You have the hour to do the following:

  • Post your fiction (short story or novel excerpt) on your blog
  • Open Google Classroom and click on the assignment, “SHORT STORY OR NOVEL EXCERPT (Summative Assessment)”
  • Fill out the top half of the rubric, then click “Turn In.”
  • Read other people’s blogs and post comments

Whatever you don’t finish is due by midnight SUNDAY tonight.

Happy writing!

 

Fiction: Peer-editing

Daily Prompt #23: Writing from a Word

RAIN

What comes to your mind when you see this word?

Write for five minutes.

Today, you’re going to have your peers help you improve your fiction piece.


 

All of you will receive a peer editing form. Staple this to the front of your rough draft. If your fiction piece is on an electronic device, make sure the paper travels with it.

The sheet has a front and back side. The front side is for editor #1 and the back side is for editor #2. Have two different students read your fiction piece.

The more serious you take this, the more beneficial it will be.

When you are done, use the time remaining to read the editors’ comments, ask questions, and fine tune your rough drafts.

 

 

 

 

Fiction: Self-editing

Daily Prompt #22: Catharsis

Write whatever is on your mind right now.

Take five minutes.

Today, the goal is to self-edit your drafts. Keep in mind we will be peer editing tomorrow, so get your short story or novel excerpt 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.  🙂

Fiction: Figurative and Concrete Language

Daily Prompt #21: Inspired by great writers

chekhov-moon

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. Let’s 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.


 

Let’s 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 boy’s happiness.

  • sight
  • sound
  • smell
  • taste
  • touch

I also 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 works of fiction by adding more figurative and concrete language and checking that your dialogue is formatted correctly.

Blog Post #5 (free choice!)

Hi folks!

Today is a day to work on your blogs as well as read your peers’ blogs and post comments.

Remember that you have to post on your blog at least once a week for credit. Be sure to publish something by midnight Sunday.

IMPORTANT: since you have a full week to post something on your blog, blog posts cannot be completed as late work after the due date. Be sure to plan accordingly.

This week’s theme is free choice. Consider typing one of your writer’s notebook entries and sharing what the prompt was. You do not have to include an image this week (although it’s always encouraged).

Have fun and use your time wisely. Once you post something, you should read and comment on your peers’ work.