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Creative Writing Course Re-Introduction

Garland High School Creative Writing Re-Introduction
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Ladarrion Swanson

on 24 August 2015

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Term 1
Creative Writing
We are here to learn to
Starter Activity
LL
Lets get creative
A way to make your writing
interesting
.
A way to make your writing interesting is to be
descriptive
.
To some people, this means using lots of
adjectives
.

At times, they are incredibly powerful in writing; somewhat of a magic powder that makes your writing wonderful, they have the power to change the whole nature of your story.
Now imagine what can be done with vivid verbs!
A lush & leafy tree





A thorn covered tree





GIVE YOUR VERBS POWER
An emotionally defeated bear
Just adding a different adjective each time changes the whole mood of the character!
A glee-filled bear
For example:
Craft your own descriptive sentence answering the following questions for three of the images above.

Remember! ONE SENTENCE per image.

Who, what, when, where, why, & how.
Create a paragraph describing one of one these scenarios utilizing both a vivid verbs (actions), adjectives (what kind, how many) & adverbs (how).
Member
Member
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
Introduction
Real
Huge

Independent Writing Task
Look at your shoes. What walk does your shoes share with you? What type of life experiences/ journey have you bared together? humorous? tragedy? stress? heartbreaks?
Introduction
What did we put in our introduction?
Main Storyline
The main part of your story should tell me about the main character or characters.

What do they do? Does something happen to them.

A big event needs to happen, something
colossal!

Your main character must face a challenge!
... small
Example
Mr. Nicholl's
Collection of
Short Stories
Keith Swanson
Garland High School
English Language Arts
lkswanso@garlandisd.net
Q: What is the most powerful thinking process?
A) Remembering
B) Understanding
C) Analyzing
D) Evaluating
E) None of the above
E
POP QUIZ
instien
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
THINK
WRITE
LIVE
DREAM
ASPIRE
CREATIVELY
REAL WORLD APPLICATION
This semester your creativity will be stretched and measured by your ability to use an arsenal of writing tools to produce various writing types.
-an original commercial for a marketable product.
-lyrics to an original song
-1 slam/spoken word poetry piece
- a typography video
-a children's book
-menu for original restaurant
- Word Portraits
-NPR:"This I Believe" Digital Personal Narrative/memoir
- 30-second Public Service Announcement
- T-Shirt Design
- Vlog (Video Blog)
- Editorial/Column writing
- Creative Writing Scrapbook
& more (sorry folks, can't give all the secrets away...)
You will have 2 projects per 6 weeks period.
This course will be the most enjoyable class you've ever had.

Daily Creative Writing Exercises
Writing tools and techniques to enhance writing
Group Discussion & Projects
Guest Speakers
Daily Participation Grades
Field Trips
Video & Audio Projects

Time is Everything
THE BOX
Practice dignity and respect
Free thought
Free speech
Freedom of expression
vulgarity
offensive subject matter
sexual explicit material
Profanity
derogatory terms
As much as you think this writing is for you, it is not.
Its
FOR OTHERS
to understand
FROM YOUR
perspective.
Think and create sensibly.
Choose carefully how you communicate your ideas and how the
STUFF
INSIDE
HOUSE EXPECTATIONS
You are entitled to
BUT
Racially sensitive
Crime
Poverty
relationships
Changes
Sexuality
abuse
Hope
fears
life
politics
LOVE
confusion
concerns
Directions: Tape your coin to the center of the paper provided. Jot down notes about the distinguishing marks on the coin. Examine your coins date and look up an important event from that year.
What events did it witness?
How did it arrive here?
Where did it's journey begin?
What might have your coin experienced?
Has it had a good life?
Begin a journal entry from the perspective of your coin where you detail a day in the life of your coin. Make sure to include vivid description and the appropriate point of view.
THE TASK
Give 5 key terms that would describe your coin.
If your coin could speak what would it say?
What is the life cycle of most coins?
How do others view it?
How does the coin see itself?
.
MY ADIDAS
We all have a story to tell...
Recall important events that your shoes did/didn't see you through , then create a mimic rap of Run DMC's "my Adidas."
Don't feel comfortable using shoes?
Try your phone, make-up, wallet, ipod, snapback, jewelry, etc.
A lil suggestion
My Computer
by Rowen, fourth grade poet

I use my computer
Every day
Even when my friends come to stay and play

I show them everything
They need to know
So that they know how to use one
When they go on home
My Computer
My Computer

When I run down the road
With my computer friend
I like to type up some messages
To go n’ send

When I’m back at my house
I use the mouse
I use it to navigate all around
It jumps and leaps
And acts like a hound
My Computer
My Computer

I’m so glad I have
This mechanical friend
If I didn’t, what would I do?
It’s a very useful tool, through and through
My Computer
My Computer
My Computer
My Computer
Lucky Basketball Shoes
by Jack, fifth grade poet

My lucky shoes go everywhere,
Never leave my feet till we get beat.
Got’em in Philly,
Brought them back to where it’s chilly.
We never lose. It’s starting to get silly.

My shoes are not no stinky Reeboks.
My And 1’s even go great with long socks.
Walk on the court, they think we stink.
At the end of the game
They’re gonna have to rethink.

I love my shoes, the colors too.
The black and white, they cause a huge fright.
My Under Armour socks, they don’t clash.
Them plus my shoes, I’ll run like a flash.

I love my shoes and those
are some reasons,
so don’t play us because
I’m wearing them all season.
NOW IT BEGINS
towered
jutted helplessly from the barren landscape
swayed in the breeze
challenged all
who entered
Challenge: Don't begin any passage with "THE" or "A"
is interpreted
racism
Sexism
education
music
TOY STORY
Directions: You have been given a random item from a junk drawer of a local thrift shop. Jot down notes about the distinguishing marks on the item. Examine your item and address the following questions centering the life span of this toy.
Has your toy lived a good life?
What are some things your toy might have witnessed
Where did it's journey begin?
What might have your toy experienced?
If your toy could speak what would it say?
Give 5 key terms that would describe the appearance of your toy.
What would other toys say about it?
What do we know about it's owner?
How does the coin see itself?
Give 5 key terms that would describe the personality of your toy.
A vindictive bear
A physically drained bear
Let's take Bears
The exotic palm tree
A neglected tree
Challenge: Don't begin any sentence with "THE" or "A"
REINTRODUCTION TO
What is this?
What was this when you were 4
WE USED TO BE ALL THESE THINGS
WHAT HAPPENED?
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