Writing Dialogue, Group A

Now that you have done some work developing your characters and story plots, it’s time to think about dialogue.  What is dialogue in a fictional short story?

Use any of the following scenarios (or create your own) to write dialogue between your main character and any of your secondary characters:

  • Breaking a new year’s resolution
  • Having a difficult phone call with a parent
  • Ending a relationship
  • Encountering a fallen childhood hero
  • Getting advice on a difficult issue or personal challenge

You can write about these topics as they’re happening, or write a conversation in which the characters rehash the incident.

You should have at least a page of dialogue written by the end of the hour.

English, Group A

This ongoing class will write  in a variety of genres which will satisfy writing competencies.  Right now we are working on the short story but other genres will include Short 
papers include personal responses, essays, dialogues, journal entries, short stories, and poems. Longer writing may include literary analysis, critical studies, extended fiction, or personal narrative. This class will be held M-F from 1:00-2:00 (with the exception of Thursday afternoons). S. Frye

Literature Reading Groups

Tuesday and Thursdays at 9:00 will be reserved for reading and discussing lit., these books discussion are generally aimed at B and C levels.  Each book discussion course will last from three to five weeks depending on the level and length of the book being read.  You may read your own book or choose from the books below that have been suggested by classmates. I will be reading All the Light We Cannot See. 6/7 grades will have book discussions from 2-2:45 on Wednesdays.  You are responsible for getting your own book – if you need help with this please let me know. S. Frye

B/C Books

Boy, Snow, Bird

Fun Home

All The Light We Cannot See

Why We Can’t Wait

Running With Scissors

The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

A Books

The Giver – Books are in bookshelf

Creative Writing: The Short Story

This 6-week course is an introduction to the creative short story designed for B and C grouped students. Students will write stories and short descriptive sketches as well as respond to quick write prompts. Students will read great short stories (classic and contemporary) and participate in class discussions of students’ writing and the assigned stories in their historical and social contexts.  To participate in this course you do not have to share your writing but are free to.  This course will meet on Monday through Friday at 9:00 and will be guided by S. Frye.

Creative Writing: Practice

Think of an “idea” for writing. The bigger and broader and the less firsthand experience you have with this idea the better.  For example, write about life, love, death, homelessness, illness or an idea related to the theme “dark twist” in general terms.  Write fast. Ramble. Think, don’t try to see any one thing in particular.  Put lots of your feelings and ideas. Avoid images and specifics. Think out loud on the page. Don’t focus your mind’s eye on anything.

English: Composition, Literature and Literacy Competencies



Comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a wide range and level of complex literary and informational texts.

Read literature with sensitivity and understanding, paying close attention to language, imagery, argument, and idea.

Students should be able to make connections between literature, their lives, and their learning in other contexts.


Produce clear and coherent writing for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. Writing will include (but not limited to): Personal responses, journal entries, short stories and extended fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, essays, literary analysis, dialogues, graphic novel and film.


Conduct short and sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.  


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of discussions, responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives and expressing ideas clearly and persuasively.


Present information, findings and supporting evidence conveying a clear and distinct perspective.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Group B and C Book Options

These are some books that sound interesting and have received good reviews.  We need to decide on the next group book. I welcome any of your suggestions as well.  Once we pick a theme for September (on Thursday) the process of picking the next book may be easier.

Boy, Snow, Bird

Fun Home

All The Light We Cannot See

Why We Can’t Wait

Running With Scissors

The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie



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