Starter 23- Portrait Ideas (10 min)
Think about this tonight, because tomorrow you will be contacting them to schedule the portrait session!
We’re going to engage in a number of strategies today to get you thinking about your interviews, and to get you started writing. The first one is Talk/Write. This is designed to help you talk through different potential ways to approach the interview, then write them down.
Perspective Statements (20 min)
Your next task is to develop a specific perspective about adolescence that you want to convey in your interview. This could be based on one specific part of the interview you want to highlight, a running theme that appeared, or a big “aha” moment you had about adolescence during the interview. Take 10 minutes, and write THREE possible perspective statements on a piece of paper. You could have the same idea, worded slightly differently, or you could have three different ideas you’re thinking about focusing on
Now, use the handout linked above to get critiques from the people at your table. One critique from the person sitting next to you, one from the person across from you.
Shitty First Drafts
Too often we get stuck in structures and organizational outlines that can stifle our narrative voices. We’re going to use a strategy to start this writing that is used by many professional writers. Read this essay by Anne LaMott. As you read:
In your table groups:
Write your own!
Okay, now write your own first draft. Don’t worry about anything other than getting your ideas on the page. Some tips for this:
HOMEWORK: Finish your S*%^^$ First Drafts. 1 page, single spaced, typed. DUE: SOC, Wednesday (done early? conference with me to get ahead of the game!)
Lori Fisher, Humanities Teacher