Today, after reviewing the course criteria, getting lockers, and discussing some changes around SOTA, we will get started with a required writing activity, read a bit, and start on a couple assignments to begin this course.
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Today, let's begin playwriting with a baseline writing exercise. You will need a notebook, the essay paper/booklet provided, and a writing utensil.
- The task is simple. Write a complete scene (with a definite beginning, middle, and end) in script format.
- Limit your cast of characters to no more than four (4). Two or three (2-3) works best. Setting, writing style, and theme is completely up to you.
- Be creative. Focus on the task of writing. Let your words flow from you without a lot of editing or over thinking this exercise. Trust your instincts as an artist and writer!
- If you need a prompt, choose one of the following starters:
- A policeman, a newlywed, a certified letter
- A widow, her half-sister, and a secret
- One character walks in to a familiar place but meets someone unexpected
If you happen to finish early and the rest of the class is still writing, please begin reading "Talking With" by Jane Martin. After we write our baseline, we'll discuss playwriting and get started reading some plays.
- You will have 20-25 minutes to write.
HOMEWORK: Read Talking With by Jane Martin. Bring the play script with you to our next class. Please share the course criteria sheet with your parents/guardians.