Welcome to Cre8tive Havoc

The Motherblog for the students in room 2B1 at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.

Free Reading Fridays

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” -Lemony Snicket

A BYOD Classroom

All devices welcomed!

Newspaper Blackout Poetry

"Creativity through subtraction" -Austin Kleon.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Justice and Kenny's Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Inspiring

"Inspirational Speeches- Go Get It"
"The Power of Black- Suli Breaks"

What would you change about the past?

Michelle and Bethany's Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Funny
Theme: Social Media

"Instagram, Facebook and Vine vs Social Time"
"Social Media 2013- New Music"
Does social media take over your life? Has social media gotten too big? Is this a good thing or bad thing?

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Cindy, Maddie, Alisha's Vids That Make You Can Go Hmmmm . .

Category: Jaw- Dropping/Beautiful/Heartwarming
Theme: -

The Hospital Window
"A Soldier's Story"
Is there anything you've seen or expereinced that has warmed your heart?

Danielle, Katherine and Annika's Vids That Make You Go Hmm . . .

Category: Inspiring
Theme: Overcoming Obstacles

"Find What You Are Afraid Of"
"Can Anyone Help Me"
"Jason Silva"

- What are you most afraid of? Have you overcome that fear?
- What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Why?
- Would you rather live life not making connections with anyone, for fear of the risk that you may lose them?

Maddy and Taryn's Vids That Make You go Hmmm . . .

Category: Beautiful/Inspiring
Theme: Prespectives on Life

"Because Who is Perfect"
"Dueling Hats"

Why do we try so hard to be perfect, to fit in?
Who decides what "perfect" is?

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Carly and Casey's Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Funny/Informative

"An Open Letter to Bullies"
"A Parody"
Is humour an appropriate way to lighten the tone on a heavy topic?

Jeremy and Kellie's Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Fascinating
Theme: Deception

"How To Pick Pocket- Learn from The Experts"
"Pay Attention: Game 1"
What does the deception shown in the videos reaveal about our society?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

James and Casey's Vids That Make You Go Hmm . . .

Category: Giving

"The Inspiring Acts of Everyday Kindness"- YouTube
"Giving" - YouTube
How many people have sacrificed for you ? How?

Sierra and Cheyenne's Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Life Changing Moments

"Mother Hears . . ." - YouTube
"My Friend Jason" - YouTube

Shelby and Bailey's Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Motivation

"Change"- YouTube

"How Bad Do You Want It?" -YouTube
- What do you classify as change?
- What is "too much" for going after something? If you had to lose or give up everything, what is the limit?

Rebecca and Paige's Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: -
Theme: Social Networking

"Things I Hate About Social Media -YouTube"

"Can I Be Your Friend- YouTube"
What's your favourite/most used social network?
How much of your real life is truly reflected on it?

Friday, 13 December 2013

Sammy and John's Vids That Make You Go Hmm. . .

Category: Inspirational
Theme: Motivation

"Rise and Shine" (YouTube- http://youtu.be/hbkZrOU1Zag)
"The Man Who Never Gave Up"  (YouTube- http://youtu.be/bg1cll2wcSw)
What motivates you to push yourself to success?

Amelia's Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Inspiring 
Theme: Success

 "Inspirational Sports Speeches" (YouTube- http://youtu.be/Z2PloBdHeow)
"From Struggle Comes Success" (YouTube- http://youtu.be/ObD0F0vJSJA)
How far are you willing to go to achieve success?

Kendra and Caitlin's Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Change
Theme: Change Your Life

"What if money was no object- Alan Watts" - YouTube http://youtu.be/mnFUDVpFwFQ

"Back to the Start- Chipotle" - YouTube (http://youtu.be/aMfSGt6rHos)
What if- What would you do if money was no object?
Back to- Do you think about where your food comes from? Why/why not?

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Social Fiction Project

Social Fiction Project

Social Fiction is a form of writing that combines a traditional short story with the modern narrative of Social Media.  You will be creating a Social Fiction story. You may work alone, or with a partner. 


- Short story based on a visual prompt
- 500-1000 words in length
- Includes examples of: imagery, dialogue, and non-verbal body language, “so what” and any other writing techniques discussed in class.

- You will create an actual social media profile for plot- or character(s) - of your short story.
- Choose the social media platform of your choice: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Blog, Facebook.
- Must have at least 20 posts/tweets/pins etc.
- Visuals must be created by YOU!! No stealing from the internet!!!  

The social media portion of your project must integrate clearly with the story of your plotline.  The social media is not just a visual supplement, it is the story too.
Wannt know what this can look like? Look here:

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Emily and Ashlyn`s Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Informative
Theme: Gender Inequality

BNV 2013 Finals Round 4
Pretty- Katie Makkal
What kind of world do you want your children to grow up in? Will inequality still exsist?

Selena and Emily`s Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Informative
Theme: Media

Hunger Games: How Reality TV Desensitizes Us
(YouTube DNews- http://youtu.be/wdmOwt77D2g)
Killing Us Softly 4- Trailer
How has media changed your expectation of reality? Is this change postive? Negative?

Cody`s (and Mr. T`s) Vids that Make You Go Hmmmm. . .

Category: -
Theme: Animals

Adpot Shelter Animals (YouTube- http://youtu.be/XAY_2XlhoF0)
Damian Asinall`s Reunion with Wild Gorilla Kwibi (YouTube- http://youtu.be/SvGqrOqphlc)
Discussion the relationship that humans have with animals.  
What is the most impactful encounter you`ve had with an animal?

Monday, 9 December 2013

Jared and Colin's Vids that Make You Go Hmmmm . . .

Category: Inspiring
Theme: ?
"Narayanan Krishnan- Feeding the Hungry"- (Youtube http://youtu.be/EPJAHxEssHA)
"Thankful, Inspirational"- (Youtube http://youtu.be/fO8FQzoESTc)

Out of everything you deal with on a daily basis, what are you truely grateful for?

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . . Day 4

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Category: Inspiring
Theme: Perspective

"Vlog Brothers: Perspective" (YouTube- http://youtu.be/5ooCeoh6608)
"The True Story of Kid President" (YouTube- http://youtu.be/IcZVGjG6LWM)
Post Video Quick Write:

"What will you create to make the world more awesome?"- Kid President
How did either of these videos help you to change your perspective?

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Vids That Make You Go Hmmmm . . . Day 3

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Category: Inspiring
Theme: Being here, being present

"The Time You Have Left"
Post Video Quick write:
"A responsibility to awe"
Tell me about an "AHA" moment you had while watching either video.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Vids That Make You Go Hmmmm . . . Day 2

Category: Funny/Informative
Theme: Social Media

                                                   "Look at this Instagram"- YouTube

"Social Media Experiment- Jack Vale" - YouTube

Post Video Quick-write:
"So hell-bent on documenting" 
Is it a good thing that we are obsessed with documenting the smallest details of our lives on social media? Why/why not?

Monday, 2 December 2013

Vids That Make You Go Hmmmmm . . .

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Last week I went to a great PD evening, where we watched and rated short videos.  The guidelines for video selection were:
  • 3 minutes or less
  • should have educational application
  • fewer that have seen it the better
And generally the videos fell into a category of : inspiring, fascinating, jaw dropping, courageous, beautiful, informative, funny.
I thought it be interesting to try this in our class.  So here we go!
Today's Theme: Inspiring- Words of Advice
We are going to watch both videos as a class. Once the video is done, you are going to add your thoughts to the comment space below. Which video did you find more inspiring? Why? What are your words of advice?

Monday, 25 November 2013

Using Visual Writing Prompts to Create Dialogue


Remember those visual writing prompts I had you find last week? Today we are going to be using them to create a dialogue.  Your purpose for this dialogue is to highlight character/personality of the people in the visual.

Things to note:

· There must be at least two people participating in this dialogue.

·  Each person must speak at least five times.

·  Descriptive tags should be utilized to describe how people spoke.

· Focus on what the characters say AND how they say it.

· Correct dialogue formatting must be used.

Need a visual to help you write? Try these gentlemen:


Or these young ladies:

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Thinking about Dialogue

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Discuss the dialogue that you overhead:

1.    Talk about the process of eavesdropping: 

                                                i.      Where did you go?
                                               ii.       How long did you listen to conversation?
                                              iii.      Who was it between?
                                              iv.      How did it feel to be recording the conversation?

2.    What insights did you gain about the way people speak?

3.    How can you apply this to your writing?

4.    How is personality and character revealed through conversation/dialogue?

5.    What happens when more than two people participate in a conversation?

6.    What was the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the way people converse?

7.    What are the differences and similarities between written and spoken conversations?

Finished assignment = 350 words. Post it here in the comments, and on your blog.

Mini-Lesson: Dialogue

The best way to learn about how to write dialogue effectively, is to go out and observe dialogue in it's natural habitat! Your mission is to go out into the school and eavesdrop in on a conversation. Listen to the conversation for about 10 minutes, record the content and your observations.  Make your notes as specfic as possible as we will be debriefing as a class upon your return.

Happy Creeping!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Another Great Writing Prompt Site!

Yesterday we did some "Digital Quickwrites". In today's class we are going to expand on this work, BUT . . . We are going to use the prompts to help us climb into the image and tell the story. How? I'm glad you asked!  Let me tell you a little bit about our good friend imagery.

Writers choose their words very specifically, in order to appeal the senses of the reader.  This descriptive language allows the readers to fully participate in the story through the experience of imagery. The language that creates imagery using falls into one of the following:

Visual- Words or phrases that appeal to our sense of sight. These words could describe color, shape, light and darkness.

Auditory- Words or phrases that appeal to our sense of sound. Examples: Snap, scrape, static.

Kinesthetic- Words or phases that appeal to our sense of touch/feel. Examples: rough, pimpled, jagged

Smell- Words or phrases the appeal to our sense of smell. Examples: reek, aroma, stench

(T)aste can also be included here, as we rarely encounter  taste imagery. Remember that like smell imagery, taste imagery definitely has a positive or negative connotation.

Language that appeals to our senses creates IMAGERY or pictures in our mind’s eye.

 Here's a great example of how writing for the senses can create imagery, and help us climb into the story.


Your turn! Lets use this prompt to help you write and imagery filled paragraph:
Concept Art Writing Prompt: A Funeral on the Ocean Floor

This visual, and other Sci Fi writing prompts found at: http://io9.com/tag/concept-art-writing-prompt

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Digital Quick Writes

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Today we're going to be doing another round of digital quick writes.  Use the link below to find visual prompts to inspire 2 quickwrites. Type and post your quickwrites on your blog.  We'll do two quickwrites and then give time for you to explore and comment on the quickwrite your classmates created.


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Reading Assignment #7

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Character POV- Creating Conversations

This week we will be extending upon the "Character POV Tweet" assignment we did a few weeks ago.

For Reading Assignment #6 you will be creating tweets from a minimum of three character's perspectives-  and you will be creating conversation between these three characters.

You will be writing 25 tweets total, and you will need to pay particular attention to Twitter format.  Be sure to give each character a unique Twitter handle, use the @username format to direct Tweets at each character.  Remember to stick within the 140 character count, and use hashtags as needed to enhance the tone, voice of each character.

Be sure to use the voice, language, and tone of the character you have selected. Remember that you are not simply re-telling plot- but rather showing the characters thoughts/emotions/opinions, and as they relate to the plot and the world of the novel.

Use some of the hashtags listed below to help inspire your Tweets:

All 25 tweets must be ready for tomorrow, as you will be posting them on your blog!

Happy writing!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Dear Photograph Awesome-ness

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Though I'd share some "Dear Photograph" awesome-ness created by Ashlyn E.  I've re-posted one of her masterpieces below, but check out the link to her blog to see more of her amazing project. 


Monday, 4 November 2013

Reading Assignment #6- Fine Tuning Your Text Connections

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Creative Advice via Austin Kleon

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Log Book Challenge

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Never assume that your day to day life wouldn't be on interest to others! Case in point, in April 2012, 9 year old Martha Payne started a blog where she posted photos of her school lunch. Little did she know that she was joining a world wide revolution to improve school lunches that would lead to Africa and connect her with celebrities like Jamie Oliver.

See her blog here--->http://neverseconds.blogspot.ca/

With that in mind, we take advice from Austin Kleon and his book "Steal Like an Artist"-- for the next month we will be keeping daily log entires.  The content of the entries is up to you!  Track your mood, the weather, what you watched on TV, what you read, what you ate, your successes, your failures, your work schedule, your pratice schedul, your outfit of the day. . . . Wait are you waiting for? Get writing!

Creativity Through Subtraction

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Our next writing project involves "Creativity through Subtraction"

Here's two videos to give some background:

A sample of Austin Kleon's Blackout Poetry:
Creative Writing 101- By Austin Kleon

Some links to explore:

So here we go!
  • You are going to create a trio of Newspaper Blackout Poetry.
  • All poems in the trio must relate to one another through a common theme.
  • Each poem must have a title.
Ready, set, blackout!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Quickwrite #2- Choose Your Own

Post the specifc/entire link to your digital quickwrite here: in the comments.

Quickwrite #1- Robot

Post the specifc/entire link to your digital quickwrite here: in the comments.

Digital Quickwrites

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Reading Assignment #5

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Create 15 Tweets from the perspective of a main character in the novel you are reading.  Be sure to use the voice, language, and tone of the character you have selected.  Remember that you are not simply re-telling plot- but rather showing the characters thoughts/emotions/opinions, and as they relate to the plot and the world of the novel.

Use some of the hashtags listed below to help inspire your Tweets:


All 15 tweets must be ready for tomorrow, as you will be posting them on your blog!

Happy writing!