People usually love to write about themselves. Writing can be therapeutic, it can be a chance to express oneself more openly than one may in person, and it can provide a creative channel to explore. Here’s an assignment my seniors run with time and again:
Find the Fib*
Below you will find five statements about me. Four of the statements are true, one is a fib. Can you guess which one is the fib?
1. My voice is the voice of two characters on a pinball game.
2. I worked as a runway model.
3. I was interviewed and appeared on a national television show to give my opinion about one of the past season’s American Idol contestants.
4. Teri Hatcher is my third cousin on my mother’s side.
5. I hang glided 1400 feet in the air, and later jumped off 100 ft cliff.
Now it’s your turn!
a. Type five statements about yourself. (think of your accomplishments, accidents, travels, mishaps, etc) Four statements must be true and one statement must be a fib.
2. Print a copy of your statements. Go to as many classmates as possible. You must go to at least ten people, but the more the better. Keep track of how many people can spot your fib and how many cannot. Tell me your results here: _____ # of people you fool _____ # of people who correctly guess your fib The person with the fewest correctly guessed fibs will be officially titled the “Best Fibber” of the Class of 2010!!!
3. Now . . . choose one of your true statements to elaborate on. Your assignment is to tell the story of this statement in writing! (minimum one well-developed paragraph)
*adapted from Kelly Gallagher’s Teaching Adolescent Writers
btw – the fib is #4! 🙂