First class writing: The assignment was to write one great sentence, beginning with the words, “And then I…” (I didn’t tell the students what I was writing or that we would combine their sentences into a story).
Here was the first story that resulted:
I was in my flying washing machine when I saw a purple cow water-skiing in the Atlantic Ocean… And then I gasped in horror. And then I heard the dove sing. And then I saw a gorilla and I jumped 50 feet high. And then I jumped off a cliff. And then I went to the grocery store. And then I won a pizza party. And then I jumped on the trampoline. And then I stopped the car at the stoplight. And then I swam to China. And then I went to the pizza place. And then I played with my great dog Napoleon, who just ate a whole pie. And then I went to my horseback riding lesson and had an awesome time with my horse. And then I threw a party! And then I took a step, again and again, getting closer, but farther, each time.
And here’s the second:
I was playing in the Peabody School playground when the sky turned dark. I looked up and saw a flock of elephants flying toward me…
And then I fainted and saw stars. And then I saw the Devil. And then I took a walk and walked into a pole. And then I ate something with spice and blasted 150 ft. into the air. And then I flipped on my table. And then I jumped through a basketball hoop. And then I ate 600 pies and a gorilla appeared. And then I went to Camp Wak-lo. And then I rode a tiger. And then I ate a popsicle that tried to jump out of my mouth. And then I ate some macaroni and peas pizza. And then I dressed up Napoleon and he started dancing and talking. And then I saw robot jumping off a cliff. And then I found a naked singularity and I got into the right and traveled to the future (which is actually scientifically possible) and got stck in the futre. But they had a time machine so I got back into it and sold the time machine and got a hundred billion dollars. And then I saw, to my disbelief, my pencil got up, poked me on the nose, and flew away.