Nature – inspired again!

DP #61: Inspired by Nature

Write a piece of flash fiction using the following prompt for inspiration:

The protagonist wakes up in a seemingly endless field of wildflowers in full bloom with no idea how he or she got there.

Take ten minutes.

Today, we’re going back outside! Your goal will be to pick one small aspect of nature to focus on. Write about it in as detailed a manner as you can. Notice everything about this one piece of nature. Start inventing a story for it or create a poem.

The second half of class, all of you will be sharing some of your nature writing from the past two days at the outdoor stage area. You decide what piece of writing you want to share.

Let’s go out and enjoy nature today!

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Inspired by Nature

DP #60: Inspired by Nature

Write a piece (poem, flash fiction, etc…) using the following image: a smashed flower on the sidewalk.

Take ten minutes.

Today, we are going to explore nature as a means of creative written expression. We’ll be using

Thoreau’s model of nature writing

  • Keep a Journal.
  • Record Personal Observations of Nature.
  • Express Personal Thoughts, Feelings, and Ideas.
  • Show How All of Life Is Connected and Interdependent.
  • Be Positive, Warm and Open to All Life.
  • Begin Now.

As we explore the school’s natural surroundings, we will also take A Haiku Walk.

Let’s go out and enjoy nature today!

 

 

Fun with Fan Fiction

DP #57: Finish the Sentence

When I opened the door, I saw…

Add on this to this sentence, turning it into a mini piece of flash fiction. Take five minutes.

Today, you’re going to have some fun creating fan fiction. For those that don’t know, fan fiction is essentially creating a fictional story using characters already invented by someone else. They can be inspired by other books, movies, tv shows, and even video games.

The original inventors of fan fiction were the Romans, believe it or not! When they wrote their great epic, the Aeneid, they borrowed their main character (Aeneas) from the great Greek epic, the Iliad. They invented an entire fiction based around him.

So, in the tradition of our great ancestors, you’re going to try your hand at fan fiction.  Here’s the assignment:

  • Pick a movie, book, play, or tv show that you love and know well.
  • Pick a character(s) you would like to develop from it.
  • Imagine a side story for this character. It could be a story from his/her past, present, or future.
  • Write the story! Remember all of the elements a solid story should contain.

Feel free to do this with a partner.

Happy writing!

Show and Tell (for big kids)

DP #56: Today I feel…

Finish the sentence above. Take three minutes.

 

Hi folks! Today, you’re going to use the item you brought as inspiration for writing a creative essay, screenplay, story, or poem (or a morph of two or more).

Put the item on your desk in front of you and consider the following to get the creative juices flowing:

  • Do you have a true story about this item you want to write about?
  • Why did you bring this item in?
  • Who might have an item like this?
  • Where did this person get it from?
  • Is this item alive?
  • Does this item have a name?
  • Could this item be used as a good luck item?
  • Where has this item been?
  • Why is this item so important?
  • Why is this item so tragic?
  • What does this item represent?
  • If this item could talk, what would it say?

You have twenty minutes to craft something.

The remainder of class, we will do traditional “show and tell” except you’ll be reading the piece you wrote to the class (or an excerpt) as you show off what you brought.

Unleashing Pandora’s Box

DP55: The bird looked at me and said…

Finish the sentence. You have three minutes.

 

Today, I will be opening “Pandora’s Box.” It is a box full of randomness that will dictate what you will spend the hour writing about.

At each table, every person gets to draw one item from “the box” and set it in the center of the table. You then have to write a story (individually or with a partner) which incorporates ALL of the items drawn.

The catch? You will also be drawing a “genre” card which tells you what kind of story to write.

Have fun! We’ll save the end of class for sharing a few.

Remember to bring an item tomorrow for Show and Tell! 🙂

Creating Blogs: Day One

Hi Class!  Today (and half of next week) we will be meeting in the lab so you can create your blogs, as well as read and comment on each other’s.

Use the packet provided to help you stay on top of your daily tasks.

Today’s tasks:

1. get enrolled in Google Classroom (class code is on your syllabus).

2. create a WordPress account (watch this video tutorial for assistance).

3. write down your username and password somewhere secure and where you won’t lose it.

4. email Mrs. Keskes (mirandakeskes@hartlandschools.us) or Mrs. Hoerauf
(kathleenhoerauf@hartlandschools.us) with a link to your blog and pen name.

5. select a theme for your site that reflects your unique personality

6. create 3 Widgets (your choice)

7. don’t panic if you don’t finish. You can continue where you left off Monday.

Have fun, and don’t be afraid to ask Mrs. Keskes lots of questions. This can be overwhelming at first!