Pick Your Assignment!

Folks:I mixed up which assignment I’d given the class for the last assignment, and now there are two versions of the assignment floating around:

  1. Choose an interesting, dramatic scene from a film, and write the dialog exactly as it appears in the film. (You can use subtitles, but remember, subtitles usually simplify the dialog, so you need to check it against the spoken dialog.) Then, decide which actions to add to the text surrounding the reported speech — the words inside the quotation marks. You cannot write all of the actions, facial expressions, and sounds, so choose the important ones that should got into the scene.
  2. Take the dialog that you wrote for me earlier, and add actions, facial expressions, and attributions (he said, she shouted, they whispered) other supporting details to enrich the conversation.

If you have already done or started assignment #2, that’s fine, just finish it and hand it in, and you won’t need to do #1.But if you haven’t started either one, I prefer you do assignment #1. Remember, Youtube is a useful source and there are lots of short clips from films. You should choose a single scene, or part of a scene, for this exercise.ALSO: I forgot the other “assignment” I gave you last time — about flashbacks. That is, to look at a flashback in a short story or a book you liked, and try to explain how it works, what it is doing, and what it contributes to the story.  Since one student did it, I was reminded of that assignment. So don’t forget to do this one as well! That’s enough assignments for the semester!

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