In WriteOut, which starts on October 9, some of the pre-work has centered on making journals. The second Make suggestion was to create a Nature Journal with paper, rubber bands and a stick for a spine. I went out to the yard to collect leaves for my journal experiment.
We’re reading Book: My Autobiography, about the history of stories and books, and the concept of Illuminated Letters provides a nice path to doing some artwork, as students use their name initials to create a version of an “illuminated letter” from the Middle Ages.
My friends Terry and Charlene both alerted me on Twitter about a New Yorker magazine article that explored the history of the Choose-Your-Own Adventure books that are at the heart of a unit of writing I teach that I call Interactive Fiction.
I appreciated the exploration and origin in the article, and how it was a father who was telling stories to his daughters, and then asked his daughters to give ideas for how a story might proceed, that led to the creation of the books that were very successful when they launched and still sell quite a few copies to this day, even though video games have mostly taken over its terrain.
It’s interesting that the article in New Yorker tried to emulate the use of choices and paths, but since the magazine itself is paper (which is where I read it), it seems a bit odd to have choices, and then when I went to the online version, even there, the New Yorker did not make links to the paths through the article (which I think could have been easily done and given a content texturing to the piece).