Writing Assignment

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Writing Prompt

Steve decided to make a film of his experiences. In order to do so, he made notes and wrote a script in his notebook. Through his film, we are informed of the facts of his case as well as his thoughts and feelings about events in his life. Your assignment is to create a script for a film of one day in your life.

Prewriting

You are receiving this assignment today, November 18, 2015. Tomorrow, November 19, 2015, you will begin to draft notes in your notebook, brainstorming ways that you can present each part of your day–along with your thoughts, feelings, any appropriate flashbacks, etc. On the Friday, November 20, 2015, in class, you will given time in class to actually begin writing your script.


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.

Drafting

Your first draft will be done in class. When you actually go to write it, first pencil in stage directions and film directions into your notes in your notebook. Do a little editing in your notebook prior to writing your first draft. Read your notes. Pencil through anything that is really not relevant to your day’s story. Make some marks blocking out parts of your notes that go together for each “scene” of your day. When you have done these things, go ahead and start writing a draft of your first “scene.” Continue for each of the “scenes” in your notes.


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.

Proofreading

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.