- Category: English Language Arts
- Published: Monday, 16 January 2012 13:42
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This assignment is a timed writing. You will use a prompt and then write for the time specified. When you are told, go on to the next part.
I have two versions for the creative comp final here. Kids really enjoyed these. I always hid the next part on another page. Nearly 1000 of you got this cool lesson for free, but there are two more, just as awesome.
Write for 15 minutes introducing characters based on the following:
“IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
“The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.”
Find a place to add this next line to your story, and then continue the action for 15 minutes .
“When I opened the lid, it looked like the box contained mostly papers, a jumbled mass of them, in several different languages and written in different styles of handwriting. There were diaries, maps, even ships’ logs.”
(You’ll obviously need to discover a box of some sort in your story first, and the quote can be used as a he/she statement if the exact quote doesn't work)
Now something bad happens in your story. It’s result is the next line, to which you must respond for the next 15 minutes:
“There wasn’t any school now. The schoolroom became the sick ward, the benches all stacked up against the wall. None of the other children were allowed into the room.”
"I bent over him, and tried to find any sign of life, but in vain."
"The reaches opened before us and closed behind, as if the forest had stepped leisurely across the water to bar the way for our return. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness."
The character(s) in your story are hoping for some sort of help. They may receive this from the following line, or it might just be false-hope… you decide. Keep the action moving towards a resolution, but don’t finish just yet.
“There was a little boat out in the swell, coming in from fishing. The wind was picking up; the scrap of sail carried the vessel forward on a fast, rocking course southward.”
"There was a roar and a great confusion of noise.
Fires lept up and licked the roof.
The throbbing grew to a great tumult, and the Mountain shook."
You need to find a way to resolve the story. Does the girl get the guy? Does the good side win? Resolve the conflicts and tie it all up. Use this line as a beginning of the end of your story:
“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love.”