This will be your big writing assignment for the first quarter. Notice there is the regular assignment, as well as the Honor’s Assignment. If you are not in the Honor’s class, you do not need to do the Honor’s assignment.
Regular Class–Write a Myth (Jr. High 3-4 pages High School 4-6 pages)
- The Hero–The first thing that you need to do is create a hero. This needs to be someone you know, even yourself. You need to give this hero superhuman abilities. What special traits does your hero have? Physical strength? Intelligence? Fighting skill? Hypnotism? LOL. You also want to, during the story, demonstrate a flaw that your hero has–is it pride? Overconfidence? Is he easily distracted? Does he trust people too easily? etc.
- Setting–You will need to create a mythological setting, and describe it with sensory details. What does it look like? What noises do you hear? What do you smell? What do you see? What do the inhabitants look like? What time period? etc.
- The Conflict–What problem does the hero face? It needs to be a larger than life obstacle. You can create a creature or a monster that wants to destroy the hero. You can orchestrate a deadly and dangerous task the hero must complete to survive or save others.
- Suspense–You need to design your story to create suspense and anxiety for your readers. Use language and writing techniques so that we are left trembling in fear that the hero just can’t conquer this battle.
- A Resolution–You need to resolve the crisis, and show how the hero and others respond to the conclusion. How does life go on?
- Typed, double-spaced, proper MLA format
- Free of spelling and grammatical errors (have a parent proofread it)
- Clear transitions between paragraphs
- Vivid images and descriptions
- Use strong words and avoid weak language (you would be wise to include some vocabulary words)
- Along with the typed copy of your myth, you will need to share your story orally in class. The goal is to entertain.
Honors Project–Write an Epic
Use the same guidelines for the Regular Class project above, but you need to extend it. Your project will have several parts
- There is a general conflict (like Odysseus trying to get home), but within the general conflict you will have 5 mini-conflicts that the hero will need to face.
- Each of the 5 mini-conflicts, needs to take place in a different setting which you will need to describe.
- Each of the 5 mini-conflicts, need to have a monster/creature or obstacle, or deceitful trickster that the hero needs to escape from or conquer.
- Each of the 5 mini-conflicts needs to be 2-3 pages long.
- The introduction and conclusion need to be written as poetry or a rap/spoken word type segment. This is to show you how amazing these works of literature were, to be written as complete poems.
- Use some people from Friday School that we would know.
- Beginning Ideas Due October 1—No School, email them to me
- Brainstorming Packet notes Due October 9
- Rough Draft Due October 16
- Final Draft Due October 23
Just for fun, I wanted to share a cool Hemingway quote. I figured those of you who were with me last year will love this: