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 (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!

 

 

 

 

Playwriting: Day Two

Daily Prompt #19: Inspired by Music

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

 

Today, we are going to read a sample play script that highlights how to format it.

Now, 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

Screenwriting: Day Three

Daily Prompt #16: 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’re going to continue studying scripts for the screen.  Specifically, we’re going to watch brief excerpts from the pilot episode of Lost and the movie, Titanic.  As we watch, we’re going to practice how what we see on the screen translates onto paper into script form.

Screenwriting: Day One

Daily Prompt #14: 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!