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.

Creative Essays: Self-editing

Daily Prompt #15:  My writing process


What is your process for writing? Be as detailed as you can.

Write for five minutes. Be prepared to share.


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 #13: 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 ten 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 of your essay.

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

Be prepared to share.

Consider the main character of your essay (it’s probably you!)

Take minutes and describe the character in great depth, including both physical and mental attributes.

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 #12: 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!





Writing Goals and Reading like a Writer

Daily Prompt #7: Inspiration

Write about what inspires you. Be as specific as you can, writing in either list or paragraph form.

Take five minutes.

Before we start talking about writing goals, let’s talk about what you’re already good at as a writer. In your notebook, write down 1-3 aspects of writing you feel you have strength in. We’ll brainstorm some ideas now to get you thinking.

Okay, now let’s talk about what want to improve upon: your writing goals for the semester. What are they? Why have them? How can you create useful ones?

Once you come up with them, write down your goals on the inside of your notebook cover, and be prepared to share one.

One of the best ways to get inspired to write is by reading the works of writers. Let’s talk about what it means to read like a writer.

Now, let’s practice this concept by analyzing the first lines of several books.

With the time remaining, write as many “first lines” as you can for potential stories, trying a few difference techniques (for example, describing setting, dialogue, sharing statistics, plot details).