Monster by Walter Dean Myers
It is vitally important that you take good notes, and complete each phase as your ability to complete the writing assignment relies heavily upon your participation during each phase. During the note-taking (brainstorming) phase be sure to write down the details of your day, as this will enable you to write a script that offers a vivid depiction of a day in the life of (your name). Be very observant and specific about the things you see and do, the people around you, the “scenes” you are part of, etc. You may even find it helpful to jot down your thoughts as you go through the day, too. These notebooks and the script will not be shared with the class.
When you have completed a draft of each of your “scenes,” go back through and read them one after another. Check for continuity and flow. Add any film or stage directions needed. Edit dialogue for clarity.
After you have finished a rough draft of your composition, revise it yourself until you are happy with your work. Then, have your shoulder partner, who sits next to you, review your script and provide you with three things they enjoyed about your script, and three things he/she thinks can be improved. Take another look at your script keeping in mind your critic's suggestions, and make the revisions you feel are necessary. Do a final proofreading of your paper double-checking your grammar, spelling, organization, and the clarity of your ideas.