Toward a Theory of Being Me

Writing Exercise By Sharon Gerald

March 26, 2010

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Name:

Toward a Theory of Being Me
Step 1: Draw pictures in each panel to represent that particular aspect of your life.

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Dare

Dream

Determine

Struggle

Survive

Succeed

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Name:

Toward a Theory of Being Me

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Step 2

Select one of the pictures drawn in Step 1 to brainstorm about. Write down everything you can think of that it reminds you of, particularly (but not limited to) things it reminds you about yourself.

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Name:

Toward a Theory of Being Me

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Step 3
Free write based on your brainstorming in Step 2. Pick one item off your list in Step 2 and use it as a place to begin writing. Then just write. Do not stop to edit. Do not worry about organization. Do not worry if you veer into another direction. Just let your thoughts lead your writing wherever they take you. Use the back of this page or other pages as necessary to complete your free write.

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Name:

Toward a Theory of Being Me

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Ideas for Further Writing
1. Write a definition essay based on one of the character traits you identified in this exercise. 2. Write a character sketch for a fictional character using this same exercise as a means of getting started. 3. Find and scan old family pictures or take new pictures to create a photo essay that tell the “theory of you.” 4. Write a collage essay in which you stitch together separate sketches of memories based separate characteristics brainstormed in this exercise. 5. Pick two seemingly contradictory characteristics brainstormed in this exercise and use them to write a compare and contrast essay about your own nature. You might start with a premise like “Because I am _________ I will never let my tendency to _____________ get me down” or “Most people see me as _____________, but the ________________ in me is really who I am.”

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