Saturday, August 25, 2012

Alex's Skit: SAM / Dinner In Reno



Song:  I'll Be There

Rendition:  Calikokat



On Alex's second day of school...
he had gotten a bit of homework to complete.

One assignment was to write a two page skit (a miniature screenplay)...
which would be presented in front of the class the next day.

The premise he had to write on was
if he had awakened one day and there were no history.

He had to incorporate three characters 
(there were three in his group at school who would be reading it...including him)...
he had to include a setting and a narrative character.

This was one of those perfect storm days...
where he had multiple assignments to complete by the next day
(or so I had thought).

He also had to practice for an English vocabulary test...
 he had a double sided worksheet of advanced math problems to complete...
a reading assignment...poem recitation practice (from memory)...
finishing an outline for a five paragraph essay on the nature of negative stress
 and his ways of dealing with it (he had two days to finish it)...
and he was in the middle of major testing at his school.

We stayed up until almost midnight as Alex finished up his assignments.

As it turned out...
the advanced math paper wasn't due for a couple of days.

The majority of his time was spent on his skit.


Alex taking notes for his story outline.

Alex, and I, brainstorming...
searching for ideas to fit the assigned paper's premise.

I had just awakened from an afternoon nap...
and I wanted to get Alex started on his paper...
as I knew it would take the majority of our time.

I told him our first job was to stay within the parameters of the premise
(You awaken one day to find there is no history)...
and to engineer a plausible scenario.

We kicked around some ideas.

Alex was leaning toward a person awakening in a hospital with amnesia.
I had corrected him saying that history would still be all around him.

I suggested that if it had to take place on Earth...
it would have to be a story involving the manipulation of time (before recorded history)...
or an apocalyptic scenario where few survivors and no evidence of history remained
(perhaps living under the surface of the earth in cave systems).

I suggested that if it were not to take place on Earth...
it could be easier to explain in only two pages.

Alex said that it should then take place on another planet...
and we had our setting for the story.

We had then discussed basic scenarios where memory could be lost
in a land with already no history...
and we could work it into the story.

With a basic direction to go in...
I told Alex to start on his outline of the story
by first prepping the story in the setting.

The next step would be to break the story into components...
discovery...reactions...missions...results.

With that completed...
all Alex had to do was to fill in the conversations to meet the requirements 
of his outline.

Now...
of course, this is a very simple story...
however, he was limited by the number of pages he had to complete his story in
(we made it exactly two pages in length)...
and he had to do it in ONE night.

There was no way I was going to let Alex sink in this assignment...
there was simply too much to do in too short of time.

Yes...
I did help Alex in this assignment.

No...
I did not write it for him.

Although I had a story in my head...
we had developed it together
(Socratic Method in story development and in the character lines...
ex...(me) How do you think we can make them lose their memory?...
What kind of evidence on the ship could we put into the story that would
  lead the characters to believe they were a colonization ship?...
What would be the very first two questions someone would ask himself 
upon awakening without any history?...
What would this character say in this situation?...etc).

I was...in essence... his editor.

Alex finished his outline...
made his rough draft...
and we fleshed out the story with some new ideas...
he typed up his final draft...
I did some final editing...
and his completed story is below
(he, and two of his classmates read the skit the next day in class.
Alex said the class liked his story.).








Alex's school is pretty heavy on essays and papers (which is good).

Alex did well in completing his assignments.

Last night we took him to another Casino to have
all you can eat Surf and Turf.  Alex deserved a good night out
(Alex had just the Surf...I had plenty of both :)




We had to park a couple of blocks away as Friday nights are popular in the Casinos.







Alex's initial plate...
he got other types of seafood in later plates.


My wife had a mixture from the beginning.


This was my appetizer...
my next plate was Prime Rib (with creamed horseradish)...
my next plate was fire grilled New York Strip with a side of pork ribs...
and then I had desert.

When we go to all you can eat...
I consider that to be my prime directive  :)



One of various vehicles on display in the casinos...
some for show...some to win.


Just as we were leaving...
fireworks started going off just down the street.

How appropriate...
my Royal Family was departing after having just completed a Royal Feast.

This weekend is to be relatively light...
starting next week...we have a major paper to complete
for one of his long term projects (we save them for the weekends...
one of Alex's teachers must post the details of it online next week before we can start).




2 comments:

  1. That was quite an ambitious writing assignment by Alex's school. I think it would have been challenging to write if you have several days, let alone just one. But he did a great job... I enjoyed reading it very much.

    And your feast was quite spectacular! My mouth is drooling. Glad you were able to complete this assignment of "all you can eat." :)

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  2. All You Can Eat...one of my favorite assignments :)

    I just have to remember to keep up on all of my supplementary assignments...exercise.

    I like his school. Their whole goal is to prep the children for University. Alex is getting a lot of essay practice and advanced classes as a result of their teaching philosophy.

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