Do the following writing exercise in a journal 1/2 page about your grandfather or a special teacher or a coach or someone you knew at church or at work.
- In the middle of the page, write a quick list of your chosen person’s main characteristics.
- Next, do 10 minutes of free writing about your person, referring to one or more of the characteristics on your list.
- Conclude with a brief physical description of your character. (If you already included a physical description in your free writing then you are done!) Think of details that make your individual unique – hairstyle, glasses, eyes, eye brows, face, complexion, scars, way of walking and talking, clothing, hats, and so on.
Then Write a two-page character sketch based on the journal entry you just completed about your “Most Unforgettable Person” and post it to the discussion forum as an attached Word document.
Here is a suggested approach. (Feel free to come up with your own approach – or work out a new approach with your instructor.)
- Present your person by putting yourself into the sketch. In other words, use the approach that Palmer Hall uses in the first two paragraphs of Boatmen’s Dreams. (Only the first two paragraphs!) Example: “One day when my father took me fishing way out past the island into the deeper waters of Appalachicola Bay.” Palmer then goes on to show his father in action. That’s what you can do with your character.
- Your whole sketch could revolve around a single memorable incident – or maybe around a time of your life.