Class Chain Story

Daily Prompt #28: Catharsis

Write for five minutes about whatever is floating around your brain right now.

Today you’re going to have fun writing collaboratively.

Step One:
Everyone, open your notebook to a fresh page.  Write down a title for a story which doesn’t exist (yet).

Step Two:
When everyone is done, pass your notebooks to the left. Read the title of the new notebook in your hand, then begin writing the beginning of a story for it.

Step Three:
Whenever the teacher says, “Pass!” you should pass to the left. You will do this several times.

Step Four:
When it is the last pass, the teacher will tell you so that you know to finish the story.

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

Have fun!

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!

Writing in different forms (with your peers)

Daily Prompt

WN #46: Inspired by Quotes

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Inspired by this quote image, beginning writing a fictional story.  Write for ten minutes. Please note you will be sharing this with your peers.

We’re going to play with form again, but this time, we’re going to swap notebooks so you can capture the writing voices of your peers in your notebooks.

Start by swapping notebooks with someone at a different table.

 

Read your peer’s daily response prompt.  Continue where they left off in play form.

Write for eight minutes.

 

Trade notebooks with someone at a different table.  Read the entire daily prompt.

Continue where they left off in poetic form (any style you like).

Write for eight minutes.

 

Trade notebooks with someone at a different table.  Read the entire daily prompt.

Continue where they left off in screenplay form.

Write for eight minutes.

 

Return the notebook to its original owner.

 

Read your entire daily prompt.  You should now have:

*your original short story
*a peer’s play script
*a peer’s poetry
* a peer’s screenplay

What do you notice about your peers’ style and voice?  Can you define it in a word or phrase?  How do their writing voices compare to your own?

Remember, tomorrow is a day to work on your to-do list which needs to be complete by next Tuesday, May 19th.  Happy Writing!

Class Chain Story

Daily Prompt WN #57: Catharsis

Write for five minutes about whatever is floating around your brain right now.

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!

Writing in different forms (with your peers)

Daily Prompt

WN #44: Inspired by Quotes

quote

Inspired by this quote image, beginning writing a fictional story.  Write for ten minutes. Please note you will be sharing this with your peers.

We’re going to play with form again, but this time, we’re going to swap notebooks so you can capture the writing voices of your peers in your notebooks.

Start by swapping notebooks with someone at a different table.

 

Read your peer’s daily response prompt.  Continue where they left off in play form.

Write for eight minutes.

 

Trade notebooks with someone at a different table.  Read the entire daily prompt.

Continue where they left off in poetic form (any style you like).

Write for eight minutes.

 

Trade notebooks with someone at a different table.  Read the entire daily prompt.

Continue where they left off in screenplay form.

Write for eight minutes.

 

Return the notebook to its original owner.

 

Read your entire daily prompt.  You should now have:

*your original short story
*a peer’s play script
*a peer’s poetry
* a peer’s screenplay

What do you notice about your peers’ style and voice?  Can you define it in a word or phrase?  How do their writing voices compare to your own?

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving break and make sure to read a good book and keep writing!  🙂

Chain Story

The act of writing collaboratively is powerful.

With that in mind, our class will be writing a chain story.  Here’s how it will work:

* Read the introduction to the story (in this post) and any comments (this is where the story will continue).

* Continue where the story left off in a new comment you create.

* IMPORTANT: in your comment, “tag” someone to add on to the story.  That person should try to add on to the story within 48 hours. Feel free to add your own personal flair to it.  Let your writer’s voice shine through!

* EVERYONE must participate, BUT you have to wait until another classmate “tags” you.

You get 10 points for posting.

Happy Writing!

Here’s the first installment of our chain story:

 

“That One Night”

 

The night was a thick, damp blanket suffocating us.  Orange bumps spread across the ground like a festering rash, threatening to trip us as we precariously made our way through the pumpkin patch.

It was after hours.

What are we doing here?  I asked myself for the hundredth time.

 

Tony Stark, “TAG!  You’re it!”  🙂