Hello everyone and a special congratulations to teachers and students everywhere for concluding another school year!
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers
My family loves to play games. One which often results in lots of laughter whenever we play it is Imagine iff….
Your challenge for the next two weeks is to use the six Imagine iff… cards below to write a short story.
Instructions: There are three steps to this writing challenge. Steps 1 and 2 should be completed before reading Step 3. Together, Steps 1 and 2 should take between 5 and 15 minutes to complete.
Supplies for Steps 1 and 2: You will need a piece of paper and a writing implement.
Write down your answers as you read the questions. Do NOT read Step 3 until after you have completed Steps 1 and 2.
Step 1: Choose a person you know well or about whom you have strong opinions. He/She can be a friend, family member, or well-known person (contemporary or historical figure).
Step 2: Answer the following questions (from Imagine iff… cards) for the person selected. Write down your answers.
Question 1: Imagine iff… _____ were giving a big speech tomorrow. How would he/she attempt to calm his/her nerves?
- Picture everyone in the audience in underwear
- Nerves? What nerves?
- Focus on only one person in the audience
- Never look up and read straight from note cards
- Cram all night and sleep through the speech
Question 2: Imagine iff… _____ were a tool. Which would he/she be?
- Monkey Wrench
- Leaf Blower
- Orbital Sander
Question 3: Imagine iff… _____ were a section in a newspaper. Which would he/she be?
- Picture Page
- Stock Quotes
- Dear Abby
- Travel & Leisure
Question 4: Imagine iff… _____ were a ball. Which would he/she be?
- Magic 8-Ball
- Beach Ball
- Wrecking Ball
- Ball Bearing
- Medicine Ball
- New Year’s Ball
Question 5: Imagine iff… _____ were a type of painting. Which one would he/she be?
- Self Portrait
- Paint by Numbers
- Face Paint
Question 6: Imagine iff… _____ were something found in a closet. Which would he/she be?
- Bowling Pin
- Dust Pan/Broom
- Mouse Trap
- A Mess
Step 3: Write a short story. Question 1 is your conflict – your protagonist has to give an important speech tomorrow. The items from Questions 2-6 have to appear in your story. You may use the person you selected as your protagonist or create a new protagonist.