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Writing Workshop #4 Wed. 11/12/2014. Brainstorming: The Columns On a loose leaf sheet of paper (might need 2)… Make 3 columns, and write the following.

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1 Writing Workshop #4 Wed. 11/12/2014

2 Brainstorming: The Columns On a loose leaf sheet of paper (might need 2)… Make 3 columns, and write the following heading at the top of the first column: INSTIGATORS Instigators are the people, places, things, and ideas that upset you or make you angry (nouns). INSTIGATORS Racism (idea)

3 Time to SHARE OUT Share out one of your instigators. Write the ones that you don’t have in your instigators column if you can relate. INSTIGATORS Racism My EX Hospitals Cell phones

4 Brainstorming: The Columns In the center/second column, write the following heading: REASONS Write the reasons the instigators upset you or make you angry. Try to use descriptive words (adjectives). Your reasons could be one word, two words, or a short phrase. INSTIGATORSREASONS RacismCruel, unfair

5 Time to SHARE OUT Share out some of your reasons. Write the reasons in the appropriate places. INSTIGATORSREASONS RacismCruel, unfair My EXUninvolved Hospitals Smelly, symbolic of illness & death Cell phones Distracting to my students

6 Brainstorming: The Columns In the last/third column, write the following heading: PHYSICAL RESPONSES This is a unique column because it does NOT have to align with the two other columns. Write down the various ways people, including yourself, physically respond to being upset or angry. INSTIGATORS REASONSPHYSICAL RESPONSES RacismCruel, unfair Heart pounds faster

7 Time to SHARE OUT INSTIGATORSREASONSPHYSICAL RESPONSES RacismCruel, unfairHeart pounds faster My EXUninvolvedFists clench HospitalsSmelly, symbolic of illness & death Palms sweat Cell phonesDistracting to my students Red/hot skin Share out one of your physical responses. Write the ones that you don’t have in your column, especially if you can relate!

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9 FREE WRITING “RULES”: 1.Be in the moment! – DON’T try to write the perfect, final draft. A free write is a rough draft. – DO write whatever comes to mind. Seriously. During a free write, anything goes. Free speech, no censors. 2.Constant forward motion! – DON’T stop to overthink the topic. – DO keep your pen/pencil moving. See Rule #1! 3.Be yourself! – DON’T try to write or sound like someone you’re not. – DO write from YOUR personal experiences and explore your personal truths.

10 Brainstorming for the Free Write Before you write, think about… One INSTIGATOR – the person, place, thing, or idea that has recently made you angry (or continues to make you angry). Two REASONS why the instigator made you angry. These reasons will be the foundation of your free write. One PHYSICAL RESPONSE you have when you’re angry. This will begin the prompt for your free write. Circle these items in your columns.

11 Brainstorming for the Free Write The free write will serve as a “vent” session. Write the backstory (the history) between you and the INSTIGATOR. Identify and explain the REASONS you were angry or still are angry. What would you say or do to the INSTIGATOR if you could say or do anything? (Imagine using the PHYSICAL RESPONSE of your choice.)

12 Part ONE: The Prompt Example “My ________ (insert physical response) whenever I think about ________ (insert instigator) because ________... (insert reasons). (Write about why he/she/they/it makes you so angry…) Example: My fists clench whenever I think about my ex- husband because he promised to always be there for our son despite the distance, yet he continues to be an absent parent. If I don’t tell him, he won’t ask. Why is it my responsibility to keep him in the loop when he’s the one who willingly walked away from his family?

13 Part ONE: The Prompt “My ________ (insert physical response) whenever I think about ________ (insert instigator) because ________... (insert reasons). (Write about why he/she/they/it makes you so angry…) 6-7 minutes for Part ONE

14 Time to DECOMPRESS! Part ONE & Done. Turn to a tablemate, and briefly discuss: Your mood before and after the free write. Physical/emotional reactions (if any) to writing about being upset or angry. The power of your memory.

15 Part TWO Explanation A continuation of the first prompt, next you’ll write about change. How could the situation be different if the INSTIGATOR changed? For example, if you wrote about how racism makes you mad, how would you want racism to change? – If only racism would just disappear, people would be more accepting of others. There wouldn’t be judgments made based solely on skin color. The important idea in the next prompt is to focus on how/why the INSTIGATOR needs to change!

16 Part TWO: The Prompt Example “If only ________ (insert instigator) would just…” Example: If only my ex would just call our son once in a while. I mean, at least on his birthday! I guess if he wouldn’t call when we lived less than 26 minutes away, why would he call when we are more than 6,200 miles away?

17 Part TWO: The Prompt “If only ________ (insert instigator) would just…”

18 Part THREE Explanation A continuation of the second prompt, next you’ll write about how YOU can change the situation. It’s always easy to say that the person, place, thing, or idea that makes you angry should change, but it’s important to ask yourself what YOU can do to make the situation better. The important idea and the challenge in the next prompt is to focus on yourself!

19 Part THREE: The Prompt “But I only have control over myself, and I…” 4-5 minutes for Part THREE

20 Free Write Share Out! Dig deep. Speak your truth. Get extra credit for your courage.


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