Let’s do something…creative.

Welcome to Friday!!! TOMORROW IS THE WEEKEND!!!

I’m plugging away on your 6 word memoir video – it’s almost done! I just need to do the finishing touches and we’ll watch it next week 🙂

Today, though, we’re going to start a project that I think should be rather fun. It’s a creative writing assignment, which is something we haven’t done at all this semester, so I hope you like it! There is no word count required. You can write to one of these prompts below, or do your own thing. I’m grading it for effort and completion – so you have to actually do it, but I’m not going to be your literary critic when it comes to this piece.

You have five options:

  1. Write a letter to a rising 10th grader (a current 9th grader) telling them about what it’s like to be a sophomore. How is it different than being a freshman? What are classes like? What are your friends like? What’s it like to be out of the freshmen building? Who are the teachers and what are they like? Are you getting ready for college or post-high school? Do you turn 16, learn to drive, and so on? Give any advice you think someone should know before they start their sophomore year.
  2. Write a poem about your sophomore year. Any genre, any format, any length, any rhyme scheme or none at all. However you would like. Consider using a format such as a villanelle, sestina, or sonnet. See me if you don’t know what that means. Or write free verse, rap lyrics, couplets, whatever. Just compose something poetic about your year.
  3. Write a reflection on your sophomore year. What have you learned? How has your life changed? Where were you in August vs. where are you now? What happened in each month to change your live for the better or worse? What are your plans for the summer? Where do you expect to be next year? What have you done this year that you thought was impossible? What have you failed at doing? Did you have goals that were achieved and goals that were not?
  4. Write a letter to yourself to be delivered at the end of your junior year. You can ask yourself anything, tell yourself anything, remind yourself of anything. How would you define yourself right now? What are you hoping to change? What about this moment – the last week of your sophomore year – do you want to hold on to in the future?
  5. Write about who you are right this very second. Describe everything about you – your likes, dislikes, wants, needs, desires, hopes, dreams, appearence, obsession, favorite song, favorite food, and so on. Write down every single thing about you that you can think of at this very moment. Put your 10th-grade pre-summer self down on paper.

Okay, so here’s the deal with these – I want you guys to be able to look back on who you are at this moment and remember exactly what it is to be at the precipice of your junior year. Why? Well, have you ever felt like your parents, teachers, and everyone else in the world has completely forgotten what it was like to be a teenager? Have you ever thought that, even though you know at one time they were 16 years old, they have no idea what it’s like to be 16? I don’t want you guys to forget your 16-year-old selves. I want you to remember who you are in this moment and be able to look back and say “oh yeah, that was me!”

So, that in mind, we’re also going to fill out an envelope. I want you to address the envelope to yourself. I’ll keep them, and at the end of next year, I’ll mail them to you. So a year later, you’ll be able to remember this very second, about to step into summer 🙂

Everyone ready? You have the rest of class and all day Monday.


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