With your journals all done, I figured I’d make it easy to find your last four writing prompts. I’ve put them all here. Make sure your journal has all of them before handing it in.
So today we took our first stab at joke writing. We opened with telling jokes. After that, we looked at different jokes styles and talked about what it takes to write a joke.
After that, I gave people the first prompt for this unit. It’s a pretty simply one so you can spend time making sure it’s funny.
PROMPT 1: Joke Writing
Today we’re going to take a stab at the easiest form of joke writing: PUN JOKES. You’re going to write 3 jokes with pun (or near pun) punch lines.To help give you a little direction, I’ll give you some criteria.
SUBJECT – FISH
SUBJECT – FOOD
SUBJECT – Your choosing
Today we worked on our second prompt. It was an attempt to write a little satire. To do this we studies 3 news briefs, two from THE ONION and one from THE BEAVERTON. All three followed the exact same style.
- Opening: All the conceptual information
- Mid Section: Quote from person involved
- End: Expansion on joke with added information
I then asked every to try writing their own. Here’s how to write one.
- Pick something that you hate/makes you mad/annoys you
- Think about the specific thing about that person/situation that makes you mad
- Write a news brief that mocks that specific thing.
- Use the handout as a guide. If you have difficulty, ask other students what they did. All the ones people read to the class were excellent.
Today we did a couple of exciting things. First we went over a list of basic tips on writing classical theater. For many of the other theater styles we observed (Modernist, Absurdist, etc) these rules go out the window but for most theater these rules apply. After reading them, we did a writing prompt to put them into practice.
STEP 1 to 3 on a loose sheet of paper.
Step One: Invent two characters. Give them names and a few distinct personality traits. What is the relationship/history of these two characters?
Step Two: Pick a location for these two characters to inhabit
Step Three: Come up with an event that is coming up soon in the lives of these characters
AT THIS POINT YOU WILL EXCHANGE YOUR PAPER WITH SOMEBODY ELSE. IF YOU WERE NOT IN CLASS THAT DAY, JUST DO STEP FOUR WITH YOUR OWN INFORMATION
Step Four: Write the opening of a play using the information provided by the sheet you are handed. Try to give us all this information as indirectly as possible.
Here it is…Your last writing prompt. Take a second to collect your feelings. Better? OK, let’s go. We’ve spent the last 3 weeks with the gang of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County. We read the play, watched the film and deconstructed the characters. Today we’re going to engage this thing one last time before we put Violet, Ivy, Little Charles and the rest away for good. Despite the play being nearly 3 hours (and the film a solid 2) I think it’s just not long enough. That’s where you come in.
TASK: Write an additional scene from the play August: Osage County
GUIDELINES: Your scene must me located WITHIN the play. This means you cannot write something that happened before the start or after Barbara walks out that door – possibly for the last time.
What could you write?
Maybe something the play hints at….
- Karen shows Steve the old clubhouse only to find it torn down
- Conversation at the card table
- Conversation among the family as they hunt for pills.
Or something completely fabricated
- Johanna calling a friend and describing her first week of work
- Mattie Fay apologizing to Charlie about how she treats little Charles
- Bev’s ghost coming to Violet in the middle of the night
The possibilities are endless. Well, maybe not endless but you’ve got a lot of options.
I look forward to hearing them.