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

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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. 

Creative Essay Due Sunday

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

  • Post your creative essay on your blog (Due Sunday by midnight)
  • Open Google Classroom, click on the assignment, “Creative Essay,” 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. I look forward to reading them!

Creative Essays: Peer Editing

Daily Prompt #12: Hypothetical Situations

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be, and why?

Write for five minutes.

Hi folks! Today, you’re going to help each other get your creative essays in tiptop shape. You’ll each get a peer editing sheet which you’ll attach to your rough draft.

You will be passing your essay around to TWO different people for editing. You may choose who you would like feedback from. The rubric will be posted on the board so you can keep it in mind when you’re editing each other’s work.

Remember, we meet in the lab tomorrow so you can get your final drafts posted on your blogs and “turn in” the rubric for the assignment.

Creative Essays: Self-editing

Daily Prompt #11:  Catharsis

What’s on your mind right now? Write it down!

Write for five minutes.

 

Today, the goal is to start fine-tuning your creative essay rough drafts by completing a self-edit checklist. 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.

Creative Essays: Voice (Detail, Imagery)

Daily Prompt #10: Hypothetical Situations

You are told you have only one more day to live.

What do you do?

Write your response as a narrative. Use first person point of view and describe the day, rather than simply listing what you’d wish for. Use dialogue if you want.

Write for five minutes.

By now, you all hopefully have your topic for your creative essay, as well as a working rough draft.

Let’s work on ways to incorporate more detail and imagery now. You may not use everything you write today in your final draft, but even one additional sentence full of imagery can enrich your piece.


Consider the setting or main character of your essay.

Take ten minutes and describe one of these in great depth, including the five senses (see, hear, taste, touch, smell).

Be prepared to share.


Now, take that same focus from the last exercise and think of some figurative ways of describing it. Examples include: personification, metaphor, and similes.

Take five minutes.

Be prepared to share.


Spend the remainder of the hour reading your rough draft again and finding creative ways to incorporate some of the imagery you developed today.

Creative Essays: Voice (Diction and Tone)

Daily Prompt #9: Worst Moment

Even though it may be difficult, write about one of the worst moments of your life. Be as detailed as you can.

Write for eight minutes.

As you continue working on your creative essays, it’s important to consider what tone you want to send. Are you trying to be humorous? Serious? Witty? Sarcastic? Inspiring? Are the words you’re selecting helping create this tone?

Let’s discuss what tone is.

Spend the remainder of class working on your prewriting/rough draft of your creative essay. Don’t stress or overthink it; it’s a rough draft. If you are still struggling with an idea for what to write about, please let me know: I can help!