Get to know me • Get to know you • Class procedures and expectations • What is creative writing? Agenda for today
Front Side : Your name, largely and clearly 4 corners: Top Left: symbol to figuratively represent your summer Top Right: symbol to figuratively represent something you are nervous about at SHS Bottom Left: symbol to figuratively represent something you are good at Bottom Right: symbol to figuratively represent the last book you read Name Tent
Born in Cape Town, South Africa • Lived in Windhoek, Namibia • Moved to Seattle with parents, sister in 1999 • Graduate of Skyline (2004) • UW for both English undergrad degree and Masters in Education • Got married July 2018 • Two cats: Giggsy and Charlie About me
I teach because of you. • I want all students to reach their potential and realize that they have a voice that deserves to be heard. • I teach because I love watching students grow and succeed. • I teach because it matters. Why teaching?
Please take a few minutes to fill in the student interest survey so I can get to know you better! • Remember: I am a mandatory reporter as a school employee. Getting to Know you!
In order to be successful in the class, we need to rethink our definition of ‘school writing’. • This class is not traditional in terms of writing: more freedom, less academic restrictions! • Your task: on the note card, visually define the term creative writing Creative writing
You’re going to write a chain story. • Your first sentence begins: “He walked quickly down the street, late for his appointment, when suddenly . . .” • Write your name, the first part of the sentence, and the first eight minutes of the story. You must write independently and silently the whole time and should not conclude the story. Step 1
Exchange papers. • Write “writer two: your name” on your new story. Read the intro you’ve got and write the next eight minutes of the story. • You must write independently and silently the whole time and should not conclude the story. Step 2
Exchange papers. • Write “writer three: your name” on your new story. • Read the story you’ve got and write the last seven minutes of the story. • You must write independently and silently the whole time and should conclude the story. • If you finish before time is up, draw a picture of the title character. Step 3
Return the story to the original author. On the paper provided, illustrate the story you received like a comic strip (8 frames minimum). • Your story and drawings are due at the start of class tomorrow. • Have fun and be creative! Step 4
Summer Snapshot An intro to creative writing
Think about your favorite moment from summer (a concert, movie, game, trip, etc.) that you remember in great detail. • You are going to write a 300 word snapshot of that moment using imagery and sensory details • What did you see? Hear? Smell? Feel? Taste? • What was the moment like? Who was there? What did you do? What were you thinking? • You are telling a story, not writing a list of what happened. This is your chance to test your storytelling voice and ability. • This is also a great opportunity for me to see your writing (and creative) ability. Task Today