Teaching Resources: Generative Writing

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Generative Writing

Adding to a Conversation - Assignment
Adding to a Conversation - Sample Proposal
All the World Is a Text Analyzing Analysis
Analyzing Texts Through a Cultural Lens
Asking Questions to Further a Conversation
Audience Textual Analysis
Autobiographical Collage Essay

Blowing Things Into Proportion - Assignment
Blowing Things Into Proportion - Generative Writing Activities
Blowing Things Into Proportion - Note Card Exercise
Blowing Things Into Proportion - Other Activities

Calendar and Music Activity
Cinderella Story
Civic Writing
Class Discussion Suggestions
Class Play
Computers and Practice: Using What We Have
Constructing a Reading
Contexts That Make Me - Assignment
Contexts That Make Me - Revision Exercise
Contexts That Make Me - Famous Pairs Activity
Contexts That Make Me - Generative Writing Activities

Creating a Conversation
Critical Cartooning
Critiquing Film

Descriptive Writing with Found.Com
Diversifying Literacy Spark Exercise
Dream Interpretation

Exploratory Thoughts For Adding To a Conversation
Exploring a Sample Conversation

Favorite Meal Exercise
First Class Writing Exercise

Found Objects Exercise
Fun With Tabloids

Generative Writing Activities - Blowing Things Into Proportion
Generative Writing Activities - Contexts That Make Me
Generative Writing Activities - My Self In Words
Generative Writing Activities - Self As Writer
Generative Writing Activities - Self In Contradiction

Guidelines for Unit 4 Assignment

How to be a Poet in One Easy Lesson

Improv as Idea Wrestling
Incorporating a Text Into Your Essay
Initial Movements I Am
Inquiring Into Self - Show and Tell
Interacting With Texts - Sample Assignment Sheet
Interview Exercise
In the Head of the Ad Makers       

Journal Prompt Dice Game
Journal with a Mission

Letter Response
List Making

Making a Hypertext (Without a Computer!)

Mapping a Conversation
Music Appreciation - English 112 Bandstand
My Self In Words - Assignment
My Self In Words - Generative Writing Activities

New Experiences

On This Person's Walls

Photo Essay
Places Exercise
Possible Ways of Responding to a Text
Postcard Exercise

Recognizing Different Audiences
Recommended Readings: Other Words (PDF)
Reflections on Class Management
Research Update and Annotated Bibliography
Rhetorical Prospectus
Rock Band Exercise

Self As Writer - Assignment
Self As Writer - Questionnaire
Self In Contradiction - Generative Writing Activities
Self In Contradiction - Sample Assignment Sheet
Self Reflection About the Writing Process
Short Long Short
Show and Tell
Some Text Wrestling Ideas - Magazine Creation
Sorting Through This Mess
Students' Academic Discourse
Style and Substance

Take Out Your Pencils
Telephone Game - English 112 Style
Traits of a Documented Essay
Trash Exercise
Trying On Style Using Poe,Woolf, and Hemmingway
Two Kinds of Intelligence

Using Photos with Sontag

Upside Down Map

Voicing Details

Ways to Weave the Journal Into 112
What is a Text?
What is in My Bag?
Working the Senses
Writer's Notebook
Writer's Toolbox
Write to the Beat
Writing Experiences and Reflections
Writing Habits
Writing Intros
Writing the Visual Image



Process Goals

At this stage, students work on
generating material they might work with in the essay and/or producing many short pieces of
writing that explore multiple topics to help them choose the eventual focus of their essay. We
refer to this as generative writing to reflect the thought process involved: a time where the writer generates ideas, considers multiple options for topics, invents material that might be useful for the later essay, and rethinks positions and perspectives— reinventing their own take on the issue.

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