Quick Write

What do you wish you could do, or be better at?

The Game of Life

Jane McGonigal is a game designer. She wants to use games to make the world a better place. Why games?

From the comments:

Abstract: 1. Physical resilience: Move a bit every hour instead of sitting still, for example stand up and take 3 steps or lift your arms up for 5 seconds (increases physical health). 2. Mental resilience: Snap fingers with both hands for exactly 50 times or count from 100 to 0 with decrements of 7 (yes you stop at 2 or -5) (increases willpower and other things). 3. Emotional resilience: Watch in or out the window or look at a picture of your favourite baby animal (Feel love. I take it you have to try and look at people when you are watching in or out of your window). Try to think of, or experience 3 good things for every 1 bad thing as often as bad things occur. 4. Social Resilience: Shake hands with someone for 6 seconds or send a message to someone saying “thank you” (boost your oxytocin by touching people or showing gratitude). Repeat often (didn’t say clearly how often but for the rest of your life) and live 10 years longer than is the average age of people.

Non-Zero Days


Bien Pretty (137)

Characters, Themes.

Bien Pretty Literary Analysis

Free Writing

Five minutes of free writing on whatever story you are thinking about writing on. Try to connect to the topic you are thinking about.

Five minutes writing starting with the topic and what the support is going to be.


200 – 400 Words

You can analyze a character, theme, or any of the items we will discuss in class. Pick something that interests you.

An effective proposal has a narrow focus, clear thesis, includes primary claims, and context for why you think this is important to write about. Make sure you are annotating your book as you read so that you can easily find quotes and sections to include in your analysis paper.

Questions to consider before writing your proposal:

  1. What is your topic?
  2. Why are you writing about this? Why does it interest you?
  3. Do you need to do any research to help with your analysis?
  4. What is your initial analysis for this paper?
  5. What is your original thesis?



  • Read There was a Man, There was a Woman (133)
  • Proposal for Lit Analysis (10 points)