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.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Daily Cre8te- Life in Five Seconds

#lifeinfiveseconds #engchat

special thanks to @lukeneff for the writing prompt!
Use this template to help you develop your story

Written Reflection:

-What did you learn about "visual storytelling"? Think about how you used: visuals, order, depth, symbols, narration/voice to tell your story.

- How could you extend this knowledge to your Six Word Memoir project?

Look here --> http://thenounproject.com/ for icons to digitise your "Life in Five Seconds" story.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Six Word Memoirs

#engchat #sixwordmemoirs #microforms

The first writing style we will be focusing on is a microform called six word memoirs. For those of you who haven't heard of this writing phenomenon, here's a short video to explain:

The Six Word Memoirs of last semester's students.
Your writing assignment:

-Write 8 different six word memoirs. One for each of the eight categories: love, hate, growing up, my past, my future, me, family, and confession.
- Select your best SIX and create visuals (photos, drawings/doodles, collages) to accompany them.
- All visuals accompanying your Six Word Memoirs must by originals, created by you.

Due Date: TBA

Monday, 25 February 2013

Weekly Response #2 (Reading and Writing)

This week's response includes both a reading and writing portion.
Reading Response Portion:
Pages Read: ______ - ______

· Share your opinions, questions, comments, predictions on what you have read.


· Your reflection should be written in full sentences, and should be around three paragraphs in length.

· There is no need for introductory or concluding paragraphs. Just jump right into it!

· Be detailed and specific, use supporting quotations from your novel.

(300 words in length)

Writing Response Portion:

Given all of the "post high school" thinking we have been doing these days (many of you where away last week to tour your respective post secondary institutions), discuss the specific ways you can use your blog to help you pursue your goals after high school. Keep in mind that everybody has different goals for after graduation (job, apprenticeship/internships, travel, scholarships, university, college). So how can you use your blog to achieve your goals?

(150 words)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Weekend "To Do"

For those of you who have been away this week at various university tours, here's a quick "What Should Be On My Blog" check list. Scroll down to see the other super fantastic things you missed this week (don't worry you can still do these super fantastic things on your own- yay technology!) See you in class on Monday!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Daily Cre8te- Buy A Life!

What would you "sell" your life for?  A local man has decided that his life is valued at one million dollars.  See the full story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/02/20/mb-life-for-sale-online-ad-winnipeg.html

Would you sell your life? Why? Why not?
How much would it be worth? Be specific, list your assets. 
What is the lowest price you would take?
What would you do once you had sold your life?
How much would you be willing to spend to acquire another life?
If you had unlimited amounts of money, who's life would you purchase? Why?
Who's life would you refuse to take, regardless of cost or value?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Daily Cre8te!

Visit the Post-Secret website via the tab at the top of this page.
(1) Find a Post Secret that you respond to, and write about it.
(2) Consider writing your own "Post Secret". What would it be about? What visual would you use?

Personal Additions

Your blog should be an extension of you and reflect your personality in a professional manner. The best way to accomplish is through personal additions!

Personal additions are your chance to include items you find inspiring, interesting, and/or worth commenting on into your blog and WRN. Items that could be considered personal additions include (but are not limited to):
· Poems/Song Lyrics
· A list of confession
· A list of inspirational quotes
· “I know for sure that . . .”
· A sketch of a character/scene from your novel
· Consider “big questions”
· To you, what is love?
· What would be your priority if you wanted to repair the world.
· What would you like to never end?
· Write a letter to your future self.
· Rant
· Comment on an interesting article in the newspaper, or a magazine.
· React to a piece of art/music. . .
· Post- movie reflection

(1) Give credit where credit is due! Always credit the creator and/or original source of the item. If it is an item you found on the Internet, always add the URL of the original source, and give the name of the person who created/wrote the item. If you wrote/created it, then give yourself props! Remember, claiming someone else's work as your own is considered plagiarism!
URL Shortener:

(2)Cut, paste and think. Don’t leave your addition on its own; add your own commentary to the item. If you just cut and paste, the item seems random and unconnected to your blog as a whole.



Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Let's Get Blogging!

Now that you've set up your blog, it's time to start filling it with posts! Remember that your blog is an extension of your professional self, and should be a reflection of your best practises.  A good rule of thumb is, if wouldn't want your Grandmother to read about it, then don't post it! Here are a few places to start:

(1) An intro post- Who are you, what do you hope to accomplish through your blog.
(2) Take a pic of your digital footprint, post it with a brief explanation of what it is, and what it represents.
(3) Type and post last week's Reading Response (#1)
(4) Take a pic of your Daily Cre8tes, post them  with a brief explanation of what they are, and what they represent.
(5) Start looking for some personal additions to your blog.

At the end of class, come back to this post and add a comment below detailing the work you did to your blog today!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Daily Cre8te- Digital Footprint Doodle

So here is your Daily Cre8te-
1. Doodle about your digital footprint! Things to doodle about:
  • Your doodle interpretation of the Wikipedia definition above
  • Doodle what your digital footprint looks like. How deep is it your footprint? What is in it? Is it "muddy"?
  • Doodle about how can you use your digital footprint as springboard to your future endeavours?
  • Is there anything unexpected when you “Googled” yourself?  Put your Google results in your doodle.
  • What are some of the online social media sites you belong to?  What is the name/identify you use there? Place them in your doodle.
  • What are the last five things you Googled? List them on your doodle.
  • What are the three sites you visit most frequently?  Put them in your doodle.
  • Consider the ways you use your cel phone (texting, surfing the net, taking pics, etc.), put thes in your digital footprint.
  • What are the last 10 text messages you’ve sent?  Put the names of the recievers, and the text itself in your doodle.
  • Who are the last five people in your cel phone’s calls made, calls received list? Put those people in your doodle.      
  • Doodle about anything else that comes to mind when thinking about your digital footprint.


Digital Footprint

Although this is a Creative Writing class, sometimes I think of it as a Creative Ways of Writing class. It is with that in mind that I introduce Sunni Brown and her passion for doodling.

In today's class what we are going to think and doodle about is the concept of our digital footprint. According to Wikipedia a digital footprint is;
  • A trail left by an entity's interactions in a digital environment; including their usage of TV, mobile phone, Internet and world wide web, mobile web and other devices and sensors. Digital footprints provide data on what an entity has performed in the digital environment; and are valuable in assisting behavioural targeting, personalisation, targeted marketing, digital reputation, and other social media or social graphing services.
  • In social media, a digital footprint is the size of an individuals online presence; as it relates to the number of individuals they interact with.
  • A collection of activities and behaviours recorded when an entity (such as a person) interacts in a digital environment. It may include the recording of activities such as system login and logouts, visits to a web-page, accessed or created files, or emails and chat messages. The digital footprint allows interested parties to access this data; possibly for data mining, or profiling purposes.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Weekly Response #1 (Reading only)

Every Friday you will have the entire class to read a book of your choice.  Every Monday you will be working on a response.  Some weeks this response will be based solely on the book you are reading, while other weeks you will also be reflecting on the writing we've done that week as well. The format for the "reading" portion of the response should look as follows: 

            Weekly Response #_____ (Reading)


            Pages Read: ______ - ______

Things to Consider When Writing:

·         Share your opinions, questions, comments, predictions on what you have read.

·         DON’T RETELL PLOT!!

·         Your reflection should be written in full sentences, and should be around three paragraphs in length.

·         There is no need for introductory or concluding paragraphs. Just jump right into it!

·         Be detailed and specific, use supporting quotations from your novel. 

·         300 words in length- completed every Monday, or the first school day of the week.

·         Posted by the end of class, or the very beginning of the next day’s class at the latest.




Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Daily Cre8te- Secret Lair

writing prompt courtesy of

- Give a detailed written description of your secret lair. What gadgets, and gizmos would it have? What activites would you do in your secret lair? Would your lair have diffferent areas? Rooms?


- Sketch a scene or design a detailed floor plan of your secret lair.

Daily Cre8te- Rewind or Pause?

writing prompt courtesy of http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/

Daily Cre8te- Fine With Nine?

Image from "Soul Pancake"
-Rainn Wilson et al

List and discuss/defend 5 things you'd be willing loose your little toe for.  Think cre8tively here . . . Are there people, places, positions, powers/abilities, you'd be willing to sacrifice your pinkie toe for? I mean really, what does your little toe do anyways . . . 

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Daily Cre8te- Pocket Shots

image courtesy of msmclauchlan on Instagram

What do you currently have in your purse/wallet/pockets/backpack? Describe the items. What do they reveal about you, your personality, your likes/dislikes, your hobbies? Sketch or take a picture of the items.

Welcome Semester Two Students!

Hello and welcome to Cre8tive Havoc, the "mother blog" for our class's adventure into blogging! This will be a common space for all students taking Creative Writing this year, so don't be suprised if you see some new names and faces here. This mother blog will be a place where various assignments and resources will be posted. My hope is that you will be checking is here on a regular basis while also maintaining your own blog, and visiting the blogs of your fellow classmates.