If you could read minds for a day, would you?
Create a story from this list of random words:
- Berkely Street
- Grandma Redbird
- tank top
- dark sweater
“The New House” by Maya Angelou is a simple poem about what we leave behind in places where we have lived.
The mark of one’s personality or soul is left behind in places where one has lived.
- internal rhyme, onomatopoeia, rhetorical questions.
Do people exist beyond a physical presence?
Write as many questions as you can that deal with the important issues suggested by this poem (hint).
What is the significance of the title?
“The New House” by Maya Angelou
have smashed against
crashed up and down these
lain mute and then drained
their meanings out and into
What feelings, long since
streamed vague yearnings
below this ceiling
In some dimension,
which I cannot know,
the shadows of
another still exist. I bring my
memories, held too long in check,
to let them here shoulder
space and place to be.
And when I leave to
find another house,
I wonder what among
these shades will be
left of me.
Read “Kath and Mouse,” by Janet McNaughton.
Responding to the Story
- What does it mean to play “cat and mouse”? Give an example from a personal experience or from a movie, book, or TV show you have seen.
- In what way does Kath play a “cat and mouse” game with Helen?
- What pun has the author used in the title?
- Explain the significance of the character Christine. Why did the author bring her into the story?
- Revisit the definition of narrative conflict. Discuss how the author used the conflict between characters to create tension. Why is conflict an important element of a story? How does conflict create a tense, fast-paced story? Discuss the types of conflict that exist in other stories(novels) you have read recently.
Create a Sequel
What happens to Kath, Helen, and Kevin after the story ends? Continue the story. Be sure that the details and events you relate are consistent with the original story.
Here are a few suggestions to help you write your own short story sequel:
Developing an Idea
- Think about “Kath and Mouse.” What do you think the characters have learned in the story? Try to predict what they will do next.
- Develop a plot idea. Does Kath continue to bully others around her?
- List the characters that you want to include
- Write an outline that describes the plot, setting, point of view, and main conflict. Will you tell the story from Kath’s or Helen’s point of view, or as an outsider looking in on the situation?
- Using your outline as a guide, write your story. Think about an exciting way to start. Grab your reader’s interest right at the start.
- What will the mood or tone of your story be – funny, serious, or realistic?
- Use dialogue between characters to move the plot along and to reveal character
Read your story, and ask yourself the following questions:
- Does the plot make sense? Is it interesting to the reader?
- Have you remained true to the original story?
- Are the characters’ actions believable?
Oh, and one more thing…
First, … look up the word “eclectic”. If you think you know what it means, identify example from the story of something “eclectic.” Include something eclectic in your sequel.
Second, … look through several quotes from Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” Include a direct or indirect reference to at least one quote from “The Art of War.”
What are the effects of computer technology on you? Organize the most significant efforts as either a casual process or a casual classification, and write an essay based on your analysis. Be sure to establish a clear thesis for your discussion and support that thesis with specific details and examples from your own experience.
Think of a contemporary or historical person who has dedicated his or her life to a cause.
- What difficulties did he or she encounter while promoting the cause?
- What were the results of his or her efforts?
- Did the person experience any failures in representing the cause? If so, how did he or she handle them?
- What successes did the person achieve?
Write a narrative in which you feature a detailed description of Waterloo Bridge: Sun in the Fog (1903) by Claude Monet.
Today many people speculate in real estate, especially around large cities like Toronto and Vancouver. How is it done?
First consult a real estate agent or someone you know who has profited from real estate.
Focus, then write a brief outline to establish the order of your process. Now do the first draft, leaving whitespace.
Perhaps the act of writing has uncovered steps you had forgotten; add them.
In your next draft make sure to define technical words your audience may not know, and add any missing transitions between steps.
Does a point lack a good example? Add it. Is a passage off-topic or a phrase or word unnecessary? Delete it.
Finally, test your prose aloud before publishing the final copy.
Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone besmear’d with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
‘Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lover’s eyes.
– William Shakespeare
“Sonnet LV” by William Shakespeare is a rather complicated tribute to the beauty or character of the speaker’s loved one. According to the speaker, her beauty will live on within the sonnet.
Creative works can endure for centuries (and give longer life to those people the works describe).
Sonnet structure, comparison, allusion, alliteration
Can a rhyme outlive statues or more permanent structures? Can that rhyme give life to the beauty it describes (“But you shall shine more bright in these contents”)?
Summarize the sonnet in your own words.
According to Shakespeare, what else will endure besides his “powerful rhyme”?
Shakespeare argues that the works of the imagination are more enduring than material things. To what extent do you agree with him?