November 12


Framing your subject is a really powerful way to bring your viewers attention to what’s important in your image, while also bringing an extra little element of interest, so it’s a great composition tool to be able to pull out of your back pocket!

The even better news is it’s really not hard to do, it’s only a question of being able to see the possibilities around you when shooting – and that’s exactly what this creative exercise will help you do!

I want you to take at least THREE different images that include framing. (Did you think I was going to say one? Not a chance!)

Although you could “manufacture” the frame if you wish, try to find natural instances of framing, in other words, by using something that was there at the time and you didn’t have to move into position!

November 11

Alphabet Photography

Today you have a challenge to find the letters of your name around the school.  You can either take a picture of the letter itself or of an object that you feel looks like a letter.  Once you have all of your letters, I will show you how to spell out your name either by using photoshop or illustrator.

November 6

Post 33…Memes

Yesterday you practiced capturing emotion with some selfies.    Today you are going to create two memes using photos from yesterday.

What is a meme?  A humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.



November 2

Post 32: Capturing Emotion through photography!

Either in Selfie Mode or with the help of a classmate Capture these emotions.  You guys can work with partners.

  1. Silly  2. Sad  3.  Afraid  4.  Sick  5.  Happy  6.  Cute  7.  Angry  8.  Sleepy  9.  Flirty  10.  Accusatory  11.  Scary  12.  Confused  13.  Cold  14.  Surprised  15.  Shy  16.  Laughing

ADD ALL Photos as a Gallery to this post.  If you can upload them yourself from phone, great.  If not, 

Email your pics to me (  and I will add them to the R drive where you can access them.

October 31

Your Journey

In Google Slides, you are going to create a presentation of Your Journey of School.  When you are ready to turn this in, email it to me at  If I do not respond with “got it,” come see me.

  • COVER—Your cover is the illustrated introduction of you!
    Your cover should be colorful and clever. Your title should say “The Memory Book of _____________________.”
  • Page 1 “IS THIS REALLY ME????”
    Research yourself and your family. Write at least two stories of your younger days.  Here are some ideas:   It is
    doubtful that you will remember those embarrassing, cute, or serious events from your life. Obtain the information from your parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, etc. If you can, use pictures! My best childhood friend? Recall who you would consider to be your best friend from your childhood. Who was this person? Describe him/her. What were some of the things you did together? Recall your funniest, craziest, and/or scariest times together.
  • Page 2 “School Bells” Kindergarten through fifth grade. Do you remember your first day of school? If not, your parents will. How did you feel? Recall and write about your positive impressions, special events, your special achievements, humorous incidents,
    awards, successes, and teachers. Use pictures if you can.
  • Page 3 “I grew up Here” Describe your town, neighborhood, and community. SHOW the reader where you are from. Move beyond the obvious and go deeper. What about your surroundings made you, you? If you have moved, describe the places
    you have lived.
  • Page 4 “More School Bells” Middle school. Remember what a change these years were? Include your opinions, impressions, accomplishments, awards, funny stories, field trips, school events, etc. . .Photos of course.

The Next 2 slides depend on who you are!

  • Page 5 “High School the Early Years.” Write about your freshmen, sophomore, and junior years in high school: highlights, troubles, successes, heartbreaks, friends, teachers, coaches, etc
  • Page 6 “At last I am a Senior” Write about your senior year, highlighting your most memorable moments. Pictures!!!
October 29

Post 31 Descriptive Writing

The primary purpose of descriptive writing is to describe a person, place or thing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader’s mind. Capturing an event through descriptive writing involves paying close attention to the details by using all of your five senses.

A good rule to follow in writing descriptions is to base what you describe on your own experiences. This doesn’t mean that writers always describe exactly what they have seen or people they have met, but that they use their real life experiences as a basis for their descriptions and then develop them from there.

Part 1  Read 

Suddenly she saw the house, tucked away behind the trees almost in the shadow of the
hill. It was a bare earth house in the traditional style; brown mud walls, a few glassless
windows, with a knee-height wall around the yard. A previous owner, a long time ago, had
painted designs on the wall, but neglect and the years had scaled them off and only
their ghosts remained … She opened the door and eased herself out of the van. The sun
was riding high; its light prickled at her skin. They were too far west here, too close to
the Kalahari Desert, and her unease increased. This was not the comforting land she
had grown up with; this was the merciless Africa, the waterless land.

Part 2  Answer

1.  Choose three words or phrases that suggest that the
house and its surroundings were unwelcoming and hostile.
2 Explain the effects of the sun on the woman in the passage.
3 What was it that she did not like about this part of the Kalahari Desert?

Part 3 Now you write

Character and place description
Write two longer paragraphs in which you:
1 describe an unusual and eccentric character. (It may help to base this
character on someone you know, but you can, of course, add or make
up details. It doesn’t have to be a human being – it could be a pet or
another animal)
2 describe the place in which this character lives. You should
concentrate on creating a description of a place which matches the
eccentric nature of the character you have described in the previous


October 27

Post 30: Powerful Imagery

Creating Powerful Images

The student got mad at the teacher.

Add Imagery:

Try using alliteration: (several words in a row that begin with the same consonant sound).

Stammering a reply and stomping out the door, the young scholar stopped and displayed her middle finger to her stunned teacher.

Use a semicolon: (combine two complete sentences with a semicolon).

She hammered her fist on the desk after seeing her grade; she shrieked like a lioness coming upon an animal eating her cub.

Use Onomatopoeia (words that replicate sounds):

After spending a full hour in detention, Billy let the door bang and echo through the hallway.

Use a metaphor: (a comparison between objects):

The football player — a stonebreaker on the field,  a stone off it –cried because he was ineligible for the upcoming season.

Now You Try!!

Choose one the strategies to add imagery to each sentence.

Write the new sentence. Record which strategy you used.

  1. The pizza tasted great.




  1. The class was boring.




3.The football teams thinks they are cool.



4.The teacher is weird.




  1. The mugger attacked his victim.


October 22

The Hero’s Journey Project

Before you even begin to write your hero’s journey, I need you to first think about your hero.  The other day you created a super hero.  Feel free to make them your hero.  Maybe that is not what you want.  Fine.  Create a new character.

The Paragraph before the first paragraph.  The Pre-Paragraph?  In at least a paragraph (just the very minimum buddy) describe your hero’s ordinary world.  This is where your hero normally lives.  Introduce your hero.  Who are they?  Describe them.  What is daily life like for them?  Where do they live?

Paragraph 1:  The Call to Adventure…The hero must face a challenge or problem. What happens to the hero that forces them to face some challenge?  Maybe think of a villain here.

Paragraph 2:  Assistance  At first, your hero is afraid.  Talk about what makes them nervous.  Why do they have doubts?  Introduce the mentor (the person who helps him or her accept the call to adventure)   Describe the mentor.  What will they say to convince your hero to accept the adventure?

Paragraph 3:  Departure  Hero accepts the call and leaves the ordinary world. Describe how the Hero knows they have to do what they have to do.  What are they going to have to do?  Possibly describe the new place that they will have to go.  How is this new life so very different than their ordinary world?

Paragraph 4:  Trials It is not easy work being a hero.  What are some of the trials that your hero must face?

Paragraph 5:  Approach  Time to approach one of the biggest challenges or fears.

Paragraph 6:  Crisis  Darkest Hour.  Things are not going well for your hero.  How do they fail?

Paragraph 7:  Treasure  Create a Reward that your hero earns.  The Reward may come in many forms: an object of great importance or power, a secret, greater knowledge or insight, or even reconciliation with a loved one or ally.

Paragraph 8:  Result  What is the result that comes from your hero gaining the treasure?  Whatever the treasure, which may well facilitate their  return to the Ordinary World, the Hero must quickly put celebrations aside and prepare for the last leg of their journey

Paragraph 9:  Return   Now the hero must return home with his/her reward.  Talk about their thoughts of going home and how they look forward to it.

Paragraph 10:  New Life The hero is a changed man or woman. They will have grown as a person, learned many things, faced many terrible dangers and even death but now looks forward to the start of a new life. Ultimately the Hero will return to where he/she started but things will clearly never be the same again.

Paragraph 11:  Resolution How are all problems solved?  How are things different and better?

Paragraph 12:  Back to the Ordinary World  What is life like now that the hero is back to their ordinary world?




October 22

Post 29: The Hero’s Journey

Assignment:  Watch this video:  List the steps of the hero’s journey.

Step One

Think of it as a clock.

One O’clock=Call to Adventure

Two O’clock=

Continue listing them until Twelve O’clock

Step Two:  See if you can decide what each part would be for Star Wars, Harry Potter, or a movie of your own.  List the 12 parts.