Wednesday, November 14, 2007


In watching the film, we see Chris pursue his goals and dreams in a lot of unusual ways. No matter what he has to do to get the attention of the people who could help him achieve these things, however, he keeps his mind on the final outcome- being successful in order to provide a better life for his son.

Answer the following questions in three to four sentences each (at least). If you'd like to combine all your answers into one longer blog that is fine too. When you are finished, leave a comment on each of your group member's blogs. Your comment may be something you agree or disagree with, a connection you make to his/her ideas, or a question you have.

1. How would you would define happiness if you were asked to try to explain it to someone who had no idea what the word meant ? (You cannot use the word happy or any form of it in your explanation.)
2. How do you define happiness in your own life specifically? What is your greatest source of happiness? What may be happiness for you may not be happiness for someone else. BE SPECIFIC. Don't just say hanging out with friends. Explain why your friends (or whatever you write about) brings you happiness. Maybe you are happiest when you are out running, playing video games, eating at a certain restaurant, or celebrating a certain holiday.
3.What people in your life have the greatest influence on your happiness? How do they influence your relative happiness?
4. Whose happiness do you impact in your life? Your actions affect a lot more people than just yourself, so to whom in your life, do your actions have the potential to bring great joy or great disappointment?
5. What is your greatest need in life? How is this tied into your happiness?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Assignment 8- Preview to Photostory

You are going to create a story using photographs and images. These may come from your own collection of photos, if you choose to do a personal narrative, or you may get them from one of the sites I give you that provides students with copyright free photos and images. The most difficult decision will be to decide what your Photo Story will be about. It does not necessarily have to tell a story in the traditional form (hook, rising action, falling action, etc.). Photo Story is simply a program on the computer that you can use to express an idea visually. Possible options:
1. Turn your fictional story into a Photo Story.
2. Take one of your poems and select images that fit with it. Include the text of your poem in story.
3. Create a personal narrative in which you use photos (they must be on a CD or jump drive).

YOUR TASK: Brainstorm a list of possible topics. You may want to start something entirely new, or you may want to work with something you have already written. You just need to pick a topic that lends itself to using photographs or images.

Assignment #7

1st Quarter writing reflection

Think about how much you have written this quarter. It's pretty amazing. Your collection includes:

Daily prompts that include personal narratives, fictional passages, lists, etc.


Short stories

Using your notebook as well as your memory, respond to the following questions.

1. What have you enjoyed writing the most in the first quarter? Be general when answering this. Have you enjoyed the poetry? Short stories? Daily prompts? Why do you think you enjoyed this kind of writing?

2. What do you think is your strongest piece of writing? You can be specific here or you can be more general and just say that "poetry" is your strong point. Explain your choice. Why is this your strongest piece or area of writing? Have you written much of it before? Do you feel you have a lot of inspiration in that area?

3. What have you learned about yourself as a writer in the first quarter? Are you incredibly self-driven? Do you need a lot of prodding to get going? Do you find that you need a lot of structure and direction in writing? Or do you not like the structure and direction?

4. What kind of writing do you want to pursue now? Is there a genre you are really interested in exploring? Plays? Screenplays? Non-fiction? (Be specific- what kind of non-fiction? Music reviews? Memoir?)