True happiness is “innocence without heartbreak.”
Use the phrase in a piece of personal writing, a story, memoir, or poem.
Discuss the morality of destroying cities and their inhabitants during war. Focus on the blitz on London in 1940.
Write a post in which you explore your thoughts and feelings about vandalism.
Write a light-hearted post arguing the truth of the saying “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”
Select a nursery rhyme and analyze it. Write a parody of your analysis in the voice of a character from the TV Show “Big Bang Theory.”
“Let me write a nation’s songs, and I care not who writes its laws.”
Much has been written of the impact on children of mass media, with their excesses of violence and sex and their distortion of reality. The trouble may start at the parents’ knee with indoctrination through nursery rhymes.
Make a list of rhymes and stories that you remember and discuss their unpleasant overtones.
For example, did you ever think of the “four and twenty blackbirds” being baked alive?
Imagine you are sitting on a very crowded public city bus. The large and aggressive-seeming person next to you keeps demanding in an obnoxious was that you move over to make more room, You can’t move over and there is nowhere else to sit or stand in the bus. Write the dialogue that might take place in those circumstances.
Which stories were covered on TV, which significant stories were only in the newspaper? Which medium provided the deepest and most thorough coverage of particular events?
Write a post about your comparison and conclusions.
Select two works of art(visual, musical, or literary): one that is good and one that is bad.
Explain the reasons for your judgements in a short piece of writing. Include a thumbnail, embedded clip, or snippet of each and ask your classmates to submit a comment with their own analysis and judgement.
Respond to your classmates criticism and discuss together the similarities and differences in your evaluations.
Write a story in which your protagonist has discovered that s/he is a rare descendent of an extinct civilization – East or West.
Extra ideas for consideration:
Write a narrative in which you feature a detailed description of Waterloo Bridge: Sun in the Fog (1903) by Claude Monet.