This week, we continued with creative writing. Tuesday/Wednesday consisted of time to work on your short stories along with checks for completion.
The complete rough draft of your story is due next class. We will be having a formal peer critique, so please make sure your rough draft is ready to be reviewed.
On Thursday/Friday, we began our dip into the world of science fiction. We began with a Powerpoint on some of the dominant trends in the science fiction genre. We then had an in-class activity. If you were absent, please read below for instructions:
Science Fiction is sometimes referred to as Speculative Fiction, as one of the main roles of a science fiction author is to speculate about how certain aspects of society and culture (technology, space travel, politics and government) might play out in the future.
In today's class, we did an in-class assignment based on this role of the science fiction author. It was your job to develop a race of aliens.
For this assignment, you must complete a drawing on a blank piece of paper illustrating your alien race and labeling its various parts and their purposes. Then, you must write (in paragraphs) a full page that includes of following information:
1. Name of alien race
2. General demeanor / personality
3. Level of intelligence
4. Location (may be fictional)
5. What kind of relationships do they have?
6. Society, culture, and customs
7. What is daily life like?
Bring this with you to our next class, and be ready to share them.
This week, we continued our creative writing unit.
I handed out your assignment sheet for the short story writing assignment (attached below). Then, we read a Ray Bradbury story, "The One Who Waits" (located in the "resources" section of the website), that exhibited the elements you will be required to include in your story. Students completed the response questions for the short story (also attached below), and we discussed them.
After this, students began working on the prewriting step (attached below) in preparation for drafting their short stories. Please have your prewriting complete by our next class. We will be begin working on short story rough drafts this coming week.
This week, we began our creative writing unit.
On Tuesday/Wednesday, students shared out their newspaper projects and poems from the past two weeks. Then, we began work on a personal narrative writing assignment based on the themes of the short story, "The Rules of the Game."
On Thursday/Friday, students turned in their personal narratives and we did a creative writing exercise to generate ideas for our upcoming short story writing assignment. This consisted of listening to three pieces of atmospheric music and looking at three images and writing any story ideas that came to mind based on the content of the songs and images. If you were not in class, you may complete this exercise at home with music and images of your choosing. I recommend using instrumental music and pictures that leave the viewer with many questions to answer.
Your homework for next class is to come in with a story idea that you would like to write into a short story. You do not have to do any of the drafting of the story, but think about and make notes on your intended plot, settings, and characters.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.