Language Objective: I will analyze what is said and what is not said in flash fiction and use sensory detail to communicate details about my character.
1. Writing Prompt. Pick one. Write for 10 minutes:
- Think of the last movie you watched. Write out the scene where the main character is introduced as if it appeared in a novel.
- Write about a place you have visited in as much detail as possible.
2. What can you tell about the following characters by what is said and not said in their opening lines?
“When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.”
--To Kill a Mockingbird
“Billy Ray Cobb was the younger and smaller of the two rednecks.”
--A Time to Kill
3. Read the first paragraph of “Linoleum Roses” from House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and answer the following questions:
- What does the first sentence tell us about Sally?
- What does the second sentence tell about the man she marries? What details allow you to make this judgement?
- What does the second sentence tell us about Sally?
- What does the third sentence tells us about Sally? What details allow you to make this judgement?
- What is different about the last sentence of the paragraph from the others? What impact does that have on you as a reader?
- How does the first sentence create tension with the rest of the sentences in the paragraph? Provide an example.
- Pick three details from the second paragraph, list them, describe the character of the husband without naming or mentioning the details.
- Describe what you are feeling at the end of second paragraph.
5. Paragraph 3:
- List the details in the third paragraph.
- What is the scene trying to communicate?
- How does it communicate it?
6. Write your own characters. Step 1:
You will be writing about a person doing something.
Who is this person and what are they doing?
(feel free to use humor :)
Write for 5 minutes.
7. Step 2:
Write down three adjectives (beautiful, strong, aggressive) that describe DIFFERENT qualities about your character.
8. Step 3:
Without using any of these adjectives, write a half-page (150 wordsish) scene or passage that shows the character engaged in some type of action.
9. Step 4:
- Exchange exercises and read them over.
- Based on this depiction of the character, guess which three qualities your partner wished to convey. Point out the specific lines that created the impression by highlighting and naming the qualities in a comment in the margin.
- Writing Prompt
- Notes on “Linoleum Roses” (Paragraphs 1-3)
- Character details Steps 1-4