For your final writing assignment of the yearâ€”and the final assignment of your high school career, what better material for it than you and your experience at Prep? I want you to take the experience of high school to write as best you can in the style of a memoir. If youâ€™ve been paying attention, you have a sense now of whatâ€™s possible when you take words out of your head and put them on paper: expression, entertainment, persuasion, connection, inspiration.
Recall from 10th grade English that a memoir is a genre of writing that uses imagery (show, donâ€™t tell!), all the elements of storytelling, and reads almost like a work of fiction. It is indeed a creative endeavor; a mix of imagery, personal revelation, and contemplation. The point of view is personal–in first person.
These are big questions, but the hope is that you can think about the lessons, the books, the peopleâ€”friends, teachers, and maybe even enemies, the hours before and after school as well as the hours during school, the activities, the spaces, the rooms, the experiencesâ€”messy, imperfect, humbling, painful, beautiful, to then answer some of the above questions (although you shouldnâ€™t feel limited by the above questions). This will have a beginning, a middle, and an end, yes, but it is your creative endeavor here, so the structure and length is really up to you.