Tools for the classroom
Some of the tools and exercises that can help students to make discoveries related to the concepts listed on this site. These can be adapted for lesson plans in the classroom, or exercises that writers complete independently.
Questions to consider when reading a story for workshop.
A multi-part exercise modeled after Matt Madden's 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style.
A prompt that experiments with the idea that every text can be rewritten and that imitation is a tool for invention.
A series of ideas for how to "make it new" with regards to the writing process.
An exercise that introduces the idea of "dominant narratives" and "counternarratives."
A list of lenses or orientations that writers use to approach the texts they read.
A catalog of strategies that creative writers use to draw upon outside material in their work.
An exercise that motivates discussion about the complexities of literary evaluation.
A brief presentation of differing perspectives about the relationship between literature, argument, and activism.