BT: The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
POEM: "Shake the Dust" (text & video)
EPIPHANIES: We read "Mr. Criche," "Take the Wheel," "Black Like Me," and "The Voice" to identify the epiphanies each writer experienced. The purpose of doing this was to (a) review some short pieces that could provide inspiration to those still stuck on what to write about and to (b) start to think about what your own story might look like.
- We also looked at what each narrator WANTED at the beginning of the story. Including what a character wants in the beginning of a story can help the reader to connect with him/her and can also set up the epiphany. We looked at "The Voice" and noticed how we were able to complete these sentences after reading his story. Next, we tried to create an outline for our own epiphany. You can preview an example on this page.
- Tomorrow, we will begin to fictionalize our epiphanies. If you are still uncertain of what you will be writing, take some time this afternoon to try some of the brainstorming exercises in class to decide on your story.
- Remember to try one of the ideas included in this article (or another idea not mentioned) to find some creative inspiration. You do not to create anything outside of class. Instead, you should try this stategy while working on a writing/art piece in progress. You will be writing about and sharing how this strategy went tomorrow during class.