writing a writing showJune 4 2012 at 4:42 PM
|Tony Borders |
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I have a school SOON that wants a writing theme, so I'm thinking out loud here.
Professor's Nightmare: Importance of beginning, middle, and end is equal.
Kangaroo: Fun ways to write character descriptions.
Rewrite: Good Samaritan story told in cowboy form, then as a modern tale of a boy on a tricycle.
Magic Drawing Board: Let your words paint a picture of the character.
Genres: Different types of books (Library trick 1 and 2)
Captain Hook puppet: Different ways to hook the reader.
|June 11 2012, 10:47 AM |
Got the best idea from my wife:
I will use the 4 color silk blendo with each color representing Who, What, When, and Where. These will be the outline for the program.
Who: Major and minor characters. I will do a skit with a major character from a story. Then I will do a skit where the ventriloquist figure roleplays a minor character in a popular story.
When: I will modernize the story of the Good Samaritan, using a boy who wrecks his bicycle.
Where: Space ship produces a character. This will let the kids know that there is no limit to WHERE the story can take place. They can make up their own planet!
What: Oh, That's Good, NO, that's bad skit will teach about trying to come up with surprise twists in the story.
Plus, the things I mentioned above, but placed into categories of who, what, when, and where.
Should be fun! And I don't have to write any new skits, just oganize some from different shows to fit the theme!
the write stuff
|June 11 2012, 6:08 PM |
Tony, this is an excellent structure. What grades will you be presenting it for?
|June 11 2012, 8:18 PM |
Therein lies the ?
It is two back to back assemblies, ranging from K to 8th grade. The majority will be elementary.
I plan to pack the car now and will make the final plans as I pack. (No worries, mate.) But I think I'll toss in several just in case stories. Ex. Balloons where I call kids up and turn them into a tree, elephant, monkey, with balloons.
|June 11 2012, 9:21 PM |
Color silks who, what, when, where
1. Major character Kangaroo skit (facts about the character-funny)
2. Minor character Shepherd + sheepdog at Christmas
3. MDB: Paint your character with words. Pick one memorable visual fact. (moustache, hat, pink glasses, or etc.)
4. First person or third person. Interview with mic mouth?
What happens? Think like a roller coaster. Twists and turns, surprises, dark and unknown, fast action, but all headed toward the ending.
5. Story of Namar the elephant with balloons.
6. Focus on the senses: Describe a battle between Peter Pan and Captain Hook as seen by a. a deaf person (tells what he saw)
b. A blind person (tells what she heard)
Also mention touch and smell items in the story.
7. Professors Nightmare: Beginning, Middle, and End are all important
Pick a time zone. Castles? Caves? Futuristic? Westerns?
8. Tell a modern version of the Good Samaritan
9. Spaceship. You can put your story anywhere!
Odds and ends if time:
10. Bookworm trick from Samuel Patrick Smith: Different genres.
11. Giant eraser or appearing pencil (talk about rewrites)
Ending 12. Review with the 4 color silks into the silk blendo.
|June 13 2012, 4:43 PM |
Did the show for K-3, then 4th-6th graders today. Changed very little from what I put above and it went very well. All of the stories I used as demos were Bible based, as it was a Christian school. But I think I may write a couple of skits and turn it into a library show. I could go with a space theme and call it, "The Write Stuff", but I doubt if many people know the reference.
|June 17 2012, 7:01 AM |
Booked my first library with the new writing show.
|June 17 2012, 4:42 PM |
Congrats Tony on your booking.
I wish you luck.