40 Writing Pieces

Not only are we going to read 40 books this year, we’re also going to write 40 different pieces in many different formats.  What you write about is entirely up to you.  Sometimes you may be inspired by something we talk about in class, or maybe you’ll have something you want to say about stuff that’s going on in the world, or maybe you’ll find inspiration in a book you’re reading.  Whatever you want to write about is fine, but I want you to try writing in each of these different formats.

Forty Writing Formats  
Advice Column Just like Dear Abby or Ann Landers (Google them, they’re pretty interesting), write a newspaper column giving advice to people.
Anecdote An anecdote is a true, short story about something that happened to you.  Anecdotes are usually quick and funny.
Biography, Autobiography, or Memoir Write about someone’s life story
Brochure Create a brochure that advertises a place or a product.  A combination or words and pictures should be used to sell what you’re selling.
Children’s Book This can be a picture book, a book of kid’s poems, a chapter book… whatever you want.
Comic Book You like superheroes?  You like adventure stories?  You like historical stories?  Comic books work well for any of these genres.
Dialogue You don’t have to write a whole story here, just a conversation between two or more people.
Directions How to do something or how to get somewhere.
Editorials Editorials are newspaper or magazine articles that don’t simply report the news as fact, they also give your opinion on something that’s going on.  This is a good way to react to or reflect on something that’s happening in our world.
Encyclopedia Entry Encyclopedias are what other people use to find information, so you have to present – in a clear and concise manner – accurate and complete information about a topic.
Historical Account Tell the story of something that really happened at sometime in history.  This is your chance to tell a non-fiction story in an exciting and interesting way.
Interview You can really interview someone, or you can make it up.  Come up with insightful and meaningful questions.  If you’re making up the responses, make sure their true to the character of the person you’re interviewing.
Journal Entry People use journals or diaries to record their thoughts and feelings – things they don’t want to share with everyone else.  Write your own, or make one up for a book character or a historical figure.
Letter Write a letter.  To who?  For what purpose?  That’s up to you.
Memo A memo is a quick note to people that you work with about something that’s happening.  They’re usually pretty short and sweet, so choosing just the right words will be important.
Menu Menus are all about descriptive language.  Make your customers’ mouths water.  Make it difficult for them to choose what they want to eat.
Monologue A monologue is a longer speech that one character has in a movie, TV show, or play.  Monologues are usually passionate and meaningful.  Monologues usually really help us get to know what really matters to a character.
News Story Report the facts.  Who, what, when, why, where, and how.  Tell about a real news story in our town or in the world, or make something up.
Newspaper Column A column in a newspaper is a little more creatively written.  A news story is the bare basics, but newspaper columns start to add voice and color.
Prophecy or Prediction What’s going to happen?  You tell us.
Proposal People write proposals to make changes in their work place or school.  They write them to apply for grants or money.  They write them to start a new club or group, to get the government to make a change, or just to convince other people to do or see things differently.
Review Write a review of a movie, a book, a television program, a game, a toy, a product, a restaurant, some music, or just about anything.  A review is all about your opinion and why you feel that way.
Screenplay or Play Write the script for a movie or stage production.
Story Beginning Maybe we don’t have the time to write a whole novel, so how about writing chapter 1?
Summary Different from a review, a summary tells us the key information about a book, movie, TV show, or play.  Telling us about the author, the characters, the setting, and the conflict without giving away the ending and without giving any of your own opinions.
Your Choice x 15 For the last 15 writing pieces, you can write anything you want.  Repeat something on this list or come up with something I didn’t.

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