One Act Play Synopsis

For Weds, March 19th….Literary D: Those who didn’t submit a summary PLEASE do ASAP… Remember completing work on time contributes to your participation grade, which is 50% of your quarter grade.

Also, I stated in class that we were to watch the adaptation of Dutchman for homework, but I want to amend that. Please move ahead with beginning to sketch out and draft your first draft of your one act play. Think of where you want the audience begin. We’ll discussing opening scenes in class on Weds.


One Act Play Synopsis:

  • Approximately 500 words and/or 5 paragraphs.
    • Provide details about your play’s plot, characters, setting, rising action, conflict and resolution.
    • See an example of a synopsis/summary of David Auburn’s Proof HERE.
  • Lit D Due Monday, March 17, 2014
  • Lit E and F Due Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Also for complete description of the One Act Play Project go HERE


Proof, David Auburn

Finish reading Act II in Proof and come prepared for class discussion.

  • Literary Writing D: Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Literary Writing E, F: Friday, March 14, 2014

Part 2 Great Expectations:

  • Lit D: Due March, 11, 2014
  • Lit E, F: Due March 12, 2014

Take a look at your 500 word “Great Expectations” story. Reimagine and retell the same story from a different perspective. For example, if you told the story in the voice of a son in conflict with a father, perhaps tell the same story from the father’s point of view, or maybe the mother’s. Think about the voice in which you retell the story. Work to maintain narrative tension and be sure that the narrator of the story has a purpose.

ALSO>>>>: Read up to Act I in PROOF for…

  • Lit E and F—Monday, March 10, 2014. Lit D—- Tuesday March 11, 2014

ALSO, ALSO >>>>: Read up to Act II SCENE 1 AND 2 in PROOF for…

  • Lit E and F—Weds, Match 12, 2014. Lit D—Thursday, March 13, 2014


Creative Writing Assignment #1: GREAT EXPECTATIONS:

500 Words (2 pages)

LIT D: Due Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LIT E,F: Due WEDS, Feb 26, 2014

12 pt. font. printed.

The promise of a new year is laden with expectations. Much of the conflict and drama that propels stories forward stems from a character’s passions and expectations. Some of those expectations are achieved, others bring heartbreak and despair. Write a scene in which your protagonist deals with unfulfilled expectations. Describe in detail his or her reaction, whether it is expressed by a simple downward gaze or a violent tirade. Contending with failed expectations reveals much about the inner worlds of our characters.




Just in case….Here’s the powerpoint that we watched and discussed last class:


And here’s a link to Audre Lorde’s Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action:

“Transformation of Silence Into Language….”

Also: Don’t forget… all you can bring to the final is a pen, the notes on the presentation, and the Audre Lorde excerpt.

THE PROMISED LAND IS WITHIN SIGHT!! Keep on keeping on–Quotations, Outlining, Introductions

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Below is info to keep you moving forward on you LFJ project.

Stay focused. Due date is December 10th, and its just around the corner.

Here is a link to remind you about integrating quotations. We covered this a couple of months back, so it shouldn’t be new. Follow up with me if you have questions: INTEGRATING QUOTATIONS IN JOURNALISM

BELOW is a link to a sample outline…USE IT. IT WILL HELP!!

**The outline below is typical for developing a narrative essay/long form journalism. You will want to create some variation based on your topic and purpose, so change the template to fit your purpose. Also, be aware that you may have several paragraphs where there is one Roman numeral, but this is a typical outline for a chronologically developed narrative. You can also use chronology creatively by playing with the order.**

I. Introduction

  • Attention-getter/hook
  • Significance of topic

1. Significance of topic to you–or– 2. Significance of topic to reader

  • What is the central idea you want to get across with your essay?)

II. Set-it-up–Who and What?

  • Background about event—to allow a reader to understand

    • History of people or event

    • Relevant details about the event B.

    • People involved

  • Description of relevant physical characteristics

  • Description of relevant personality characteristics

III. Setting..Rationale, Reasons, Seeking the answer to “Why?”

  • Description of setting using five senses

  • Explanation of significance of the setting

  • Short anecdote or foreshadowing

  • Details establishing conflict

  • Details establishing the stakes for people

  • Event(S)

  • Explain how things started to happen

  • Show what people did to reach the point where the event was imminent—point of no return.

  • Detailed sensory description of what happened

  • Feelings about what happened 

IV. Climax of Event/Climax of Narrative

  • Things come to a head
  • Detailed sensory description
  • Feelings about what happened

V. Resolution of Event

  • Tell how things end up

  • Sum up the event