I’m still playing catch-up from the first week of Teachers Write!, so this post is from LAST Thursday’s quick-write. You can find Kate Messner’s original post about the topic here.
A student walks into the library/media center at lunchtime. What is she/he thinking? Worried about? Dreading? Hoping or wishing for? What are the risks/stakes for him/her? Show us in a paragraph or two.
Myra dashes into the first open door as she sees her two best friends approaching down the hall. Her heart beats fast in her chest, and she feels guilty for ditching them, but she just doesn’t have a guts to face them right now. When she turns, she finds herself stuck in the library. Great, she thinks to herself, this is the perfect place to hide. As she loses herself among the shelves of dusty reference books, Myra’s heart starts to steady. At some point, she will have to face her friends, face their questions, and risk tipping the balance on the perfect life she’s built around her. But not now. Not today. She settles into a table far at the back of the library and pulls out her Calc homework. Today she is still perfect.
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I wish I had a WIP (work in progress) so that I could apply these exercises to one piece that I’m working on. But so far I’m just writing whatever pops into my head. Who knows? I might be able to use it later!