Playwriting: Day Two

Daily Prompt #50: Inspired by Music

As the music plays, write down whatever comes to your mind.

Today, we’re going to do some practice writing dialogue. You’ll be writing two different scenes of dialogue.

First Scene: find a partner. With your partner, select one of the sample characters listed below (or come up with your own). Decide on a scenario where these two characters would be talking and write their conversation. Write it like a play script. Don’t worry about quotation marks and dialogue tags.

Be prepared to share. I’ll ask for a few volunteers.

Second Scene: on your own. Select two new characters listed below (or come up with your own). Just as before, decide on a scenario where these two characters would be talking and write their conversation. Write in screenplay or play script form. Use the remainder of the hour.

Sample Character List
from the National Writing Project

  • movie star and fanatic fan
  • officer and speeder
  • psychiatrist and patient
  • waiter/waitress and diner
  • man on a ledge and psychologist
  • principal and student
  • hairdresser/barber and client
  • teacher and parent
  • little sis and big sis
  • driving instructor and student driver
  • deejay and phone-in listener
  • reporter and accident witness
  • priest and confessor
  • cheerleader and nerd
  • girl and boy on blind date
  • dogcatcher and dog owner
  • player and coach
  • two late-night grocery shoppers
  • girl’s date and little brother or sister
  • flight attendant and passenger
  • man and God
  • angel and devil on character’s shoulder
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Playwriting: Day One

Daily Prompt #49: Writing from Music

Listen to this song.  As you do, write whatever pops into your head.

Music can lead to amazing moments of brilliance.  Try it out!

 

Today, we are going to read together two scripts from former students who submitted to the Michigan State University’s Playwriting Competition.

To understand how to format a playscript, you’re all getting a copy of a sample script outline (courtesy of the MSU contest). Additionally, here is a diagram which explains stage directions.

With the time remaining, we’ll continue brainstorming ideas for either movie scripts or play scripts, discussing what content works best for each form.

 

Screenwriting: Day One

Daily Prompt #46: Inspired by Images

Inspired by this image, write for ten minutes. Your choice of topic and form is completely up to you. See where the art and your writing take you.

 

For this unit, you’re going to learn how to write both movie and play scripts. Since both are meant to be performed and seen, our daily prompts will be both image and music-related.

To start this unit, you’re going to study excerpts from four different film genres and complete the linked activity.  Once you’re done completing the activity, we’ll talk about what the elements of movie scripts are, and then watch the movie clips!

 

 

Crafting a Letter to a Poet

Daily Prompt #42: Color Poem

Try your hand at writing a color poem using the provided handout as a guide.

Take ten minutes.

Now that you’ve watched 9 poets read their work, it’s time to select the one you were most intrigued by.

Let’s figure out who you want to write to and get into groups based on that. From there, you can discuss the poem and start to determine what you might like to say to the poet.  Can you identify the poet’s voice?  What lines spoke to you and why?  Do you share any similarities with the poet?  What questions do you have?

As a class, let’s determine what these letters should look like, including what to avoid.

Tomorrow we’ll be in the lab so you can type your letters and email them to the poets.

Here are the specific guidelines:

Have at least two of your peers read over your letter before emailing to ensure there are no grammatical or spelling errors.

Your letter must contain your name, the name of the poet you’re writing to, and our school name and address (see this sample letter template)

The formal address to include in your letter is Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038

You may choose to type your letter directly in the email or attach it as a pdf.

Send your letter to dearpoet@poets.org

“CC” your teacher on your email to ensure you get credit (mirandakeskes@hartlandschools.us) OR
(kathleenhoerauf@hartlandschools.us)

Complete this assignment by Sunday night (April 29th). It cannot be turned in late for credit.

If there’s time today, you can feel free to play around with any of the poetic styles we learned about this week or start crafting your letter.

 

 

 

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!

 

One last thing: let’s talk about NaPoWriMo.

This is the place to let us know you’re participating: I’m participating!

Flash Fiction: Day Two

Daily Prompt #18:

I write because I can’t sleep.   ~ Ben Mezrich

Write for seven minutes on this six-word story. See where it takes you.

Today, we’re going to study and write two-sentence stories.   Similar to six-word stories, the focus is on brevity and diction, but you have a little more leeway.

Here’s a couple of spooky samples taken from a website:

I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

She asked why I was breathing so heavily.  I wasn’t.


 

Okay, try making your own two-sentence stories now.  It doesn’t have to be scary.


 

From the ones you wrote, pick your favorite two-sentence story and write in on a post-it note. Post it on our board.


 

Now, grab a post-it and stick it in your notebook. Underneath, write a short story inspired by it.


 

 

 

 

Creative Essays: Peer Review

Daily Prompt #16: 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.