Remember the old woman who lived in a shoe? I don't judge her nearly as harshly as I used to, now that I have a husband and six children. In our 100-year-old farmhouse, we have broth, bread, and lots of Smucker personalities, and this blog is about our lives.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Another Sample from Writing Class
"Revise a Bible story to make a drama," I said. "You can put it in a modern setting." The class divided into twos and threes for this project and handed the finished products in today. I found this one amusing and a bit too true to life. [Except of course I don't wave my hands around. They made that up.] And I didn't catch on to the Biblical parallel until the very end. You'll probably be sharper.
Tales of Writing Class
Written by Janane Doutrich and Jenny Smucker
Mrs. Smucker: (sips tea) Okay, class….
Trent: (raises hand) When is this
class going to be over?
Mrs. Smucker: I don’t know. (Waves hands
around head) Now where was I?
Jae (bored): You were giving us our
Mrs. Smucker: Okay, now, I want this
five-hundred word essay done by Tuesday. For those of you who didn’t get last
week done, (everyone stares at Caleb) I want both of these done by Tuesday. You can go.
grabs their things quickly and rushes out of the room.)
(Students talk while walking down hall)
So, when are you planning on doing your assignment?
It’s weird, I always do it the night I get it or I forget about it.
My parents make me do it on Sunday nights. (Makes a face.)
I don’t have time to do mine, I have other things to do. Besides, when will I
use this in real life?
Very true, besides I don’t like writing class. It’s a waste of my time.
The class is okay, but forty-five minutes of not being able to talk is just too
I really hope I have time, there’s a bunch of stuff I want to do with my
friends this weekend.
Scene 3 (Monday morning)
Ash: So, what are you guys writing about?
Jae: I’m writing
about the definition of freedom. What about you, Deana? Deana: How technology can save the
world. What about you writing about, Janie?
Psalm 23 in the 21st century or Christian Schools. Probably Psalm 23
cause verses count for more words, so it’s an easy assignment.
(Kayla walks in)
Jae: What are you
writing about, Kayla? Kayla: (shrugs) I don’t know, I’ll
probably write it tonight after I make supper for my family.
Janie: So, I
heard Caleb hasn’t written his either. Do you think he’s going to get it done?
Jae: Oh, please
tell me he’s at least started on the one from last week. (Rolls eyes)
Ash: I doubt it.
I’m writing about freedom as well.
Janie: Trent told me he finished it Sunday night. I’ll just do mine
tomorrow before class.
Scene Four (Tuesday afternoon)
(Holding a teacup) Time for writing class, you can head down to class.
(Everyone heads down the hall.)
Jae: So, Janie,
did you get your assignment done?
Janie: Yeah, I
changed my whole topic last night and did all the research, I didn’t get quite
enough words, but hopefully it will be fine. I kind of slapped it down. But I
heard Caleb and Kayla didn’t get their assignments done either, so we’ll just
brave it together.
Kayla: What were
you saying about me?
Deana: We were talking about our assignments. I heard you didn’t get yours done. Did you?
Kayla: (giggles and shrugs) Nope.
Ash: (Throws hands in the air) Seriously, guys, you need to
actually get your assignments done!
(Start to walk up stairs)
Janie: (grimaces) Good luck!
Mrs. Smucker (gestures toward teapot) Okay, who wants tea?
(Girls raise hands, boys look disdainfully at them)
Mrs. Smucker: (pours tea) Please hand in your assignments as
I pour the tea.
Caleb: I didn’t get mine done. Well, I had homework.
Mrs. Smucker: (eyes widen) did you get either done?
Caleb: Well, I started.
Mrs. Smucker: Caleb, you need to treat this as homework and
get it done when you get your homework done.
Mrs. Smucker: So, is there anyone else who didn’t get their
(Kayla and Janie raise hands)
Kayla: I had a busy weekend and just didn’t have time.
Janie: I got about two hundred words, but it’s not very
good. I did it this morning, because I
Mrs. Smucker: Just turn in what you have written. Caleb, if you keep not handing assignments
in, I’m going to have to fail you. Kayla
and Janei, I expected much more than this from you. So the people that didn’t get their
assignment done, will be required to take individual writing courses for the
next few weeks. If you refuse, you fail
the class. If you fail the class, you
must take it again next year.
(Students begin to walk down the hall)
Janie: (groans) I wish I would’ve finished my
assignment. I don’t want to take
individual classes. (Makes a face)
Caleb: Me either. I
have basketball and I don’t want to go to some stupid class.
Curt: (runs up, screams and runs behind Caleb) Can someone
tell me what this story means? (Holds up a PACE)
Trent: The Story of Ten Virgins. Well. . .(bends over to be Curt’s height)
Deana: We’ll give you a modern day example. To make it
easier to understand. It all started
about a week ago in writing class. . .