This is a lab week. You each have approximately two units remaining to work on.
If you choose poetry, a few reminders that the packet instruction page is weird:
- The form instructions are not on pp 33-34, but on pp 23-24.
- The imitation poem sample is not on p 35, but on p 25.
- We did not do style entries, so you cannot complete poem #2. Instead, write two different poem #5’s.
Also, a quick reminder for fiction. This was the list we came up with:
- Create sympathy for the character
- Title Use
- Short Sentences–for drama/suspense
- Vivid, unusual words (visual and audio)
- Repetition and other poetic devices like metaphor/simile
- Let readers infer stuff (figure stuff out)
- Let scenery “speak”
- Use THOUGHTS in dialogue
- Introduce turning points at several places
- Use dialogue
- Introduce side stories/characters
- Cliffhangers and hooks
And most importantly, Show, don’t tell. It’s the difference between
TELLING: She was nervous and insecure about what people thought about her.
SHOWING: She had a quick, nervous giggling habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors, or checking other people’s faces to make sure her own was all right.