Students Say What? · Teaching's in my DNA

For ducks, a round robin

Never a dull moment in class!
Never a dull moment in writing class! My senior Fiction II writers.

Yes, we have way too much fun together. And this it isn’t a true Round Robin, either. That’s where one person starts a story, and then the other writers take turns finishing. Participants are writing to entertain one another, so inside jokes abound.

Instead, I’m having each student contribute four words. A noun, a verb, an adjective, and an adverb. These twenty-four words must be used somewhere in each student’s five-page short story. Graduation is three weeks away, and the pressure’s on. They’re are primed and ready for a fun assignment. Then too, this will be their last chance to share their work with one another. Might as well go over the top.

Today they submitted their word choices. Hoo boy, I anticipate some entertaining twists and turns!  Here are a few:

  • grok (verb)
  • sophomoric (adjective)
  • swaggerly (adverb)
  • decapitate (verb)
  • epicenter (noun)
  • malicious (adjective)
  • infelicitously (adverb)
  • defocate [sic] (verb)

I’m thinking that the last word is supposed to be of the bathroom variety, but it’s misspelled. Ha. That mistake’s a game-changer, oh yes. I’m going to announce that the definition is up for interpretation—writer’s choice. These are some clever fellows. Should be entertaining to see what they come up with.

I’ll keep you posted.

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