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Blog Assignment 5: Nature Scenes

Goal  To use description and sensory detail to recreate the experience of a natural scene

Select what you consider an enticing image from the stack of pictures [If you are completing this assignment on your own, you can simply Google images of natural landscapes.]

Take a few moments to absorb the picture--put yourself into it and feel the temperature, the mood of the place, your senses at work...

Then, create a new blog post to recreate that scene for your readers.   Really stretch your vocabulary muscles to give it personality and life!
       You're fresh off of your narrative writing, so draw upon the "SHOW, Don't Tell" and sensory images work that we did; make the most of those skills in this new context!

Repeat this process with another image for a total of two recreated scenes.

When you've finished writing, read some of the ones created by your classmates and comment on your favorites!

Blog Assignment 4: The Fate of Wendy Sylvester

After viewing Law and Order's "Nurture," consider the strengths and the failings of the adults in Wendy Sylvester's life:

Peggy Sylvester (her natural mother)Beatrice Hines (her foster mother)Arnette Fenady (the poetry teacher).   Who do you think should be granted custody of Wendy?  Should Wendy return to the foster care system for new placement?  Why or why not (given what the episode suggested about this system)?

Blog Assignment 3: Huxtables vs. Cleavers

Of the two media ideals that we've seen so far, of which family would you most want to be a part?  Why so?  [Discuss particular behaviors and practices here!]

How does this family compare to your own?  Are you attracted by the similarity to what you know or to the difference?  How would your life be different if you joined the Huxtable or Cleaver clan?


Blog Assignment 2: Leave It to Beaver

1. What personality traits emerge for each of the Cleaver family members--Ward (the father), June (the mother), Wally (the older brother), and Theodore (Beaver, our main character)?  Assess each person and indicate what each does to show these traits throughout the episode.

2. A family dynamic refers to an estimation of how the various family members interact with one another.  Describe the family dynamic here--does this family behave with love towards one another?  Are they respectful?  Are there some members of the family less involved than others?  What do you notice?  Answer with specifics from the episode to verify your interpretations.

3. Who has thepower in this family?  (Is it the father?  Is it both parents?  Does one of the kids actually dictate what happens?)  How does this come through in the episode?  Be specific!

NOTE:  If you need to view sections of the episode again, a link to it can be found under the "About" tab on Google Classroom.

Blog Assignment 1: Ideal Families

What is the popular concept of the ideal American family? What do the members of the family look like and act like?  Who is included?  Where to they live?  How do they live?  Why is this the kind of family that fits this concept?  How has this idea formed in your head?Consider your own family:  how does real life compare to the image you've just described?

Blog Writing Guidelines

Why are we doing this? To develop fluency in your writingTo increase idea generationTo develop the use of specific examples in your writingTo explore fully the concepts that are dealt with in our units and readingsThe prompt questions are a place to START--they are not where you end.  EXPLORE the topics in full, letting one idea take you to the next.  Speculate, consider, and reconsider--do not offer brief answers to the questions and think you're done--it's not a question-and-answer interrogation session.  It is thinking around a topic, but doing so in writing.Don't stop and edit your thoughts--just keep going and allow one train of thought to connect to another; you may be surprised at the genius that emerges...JUST WRITE!  This is informal writing, so sentence structure, organization, and surface errors are not of concern.This blog is an extension of you, so feel free to design it with your own special touches; you have full creative license (limited only by what your s…