What would be your special superpower?
How would you use it to make the world a better place?
This was the question that was recently asked in English. Luca said his superpower would be to be a plastic magnet and clean all the plastic out of the oceans. Karim said his would be to make the world a peaceful place. Nick would like to be able to build things really quickly so he could make shelters for all the homeless, while Will would like super hearing. Then if someone screamed because they were in danger, he would be able to rescue them before catastrophe struck.
This semester, the English Department has begun a Regular Writing creative writing program for all students in Years 7 to 12. Much of the current writing in schools is focussed on assessment and class texts, with little opportunity for students to let their imaginations off the leash. Each fortnight, all students will respond to the same prompt, writing approximately 200 words. They will then swap with a neighbour who will read, edit and ask some further questions about the writing. The boys will conference with each other, discussing their writing, answering questions and perhaps share with the class.
While Regular Writing is about the imagination, it is also about the technical skills of writing. We are all familiar with the old saying, “Practise makes perfect”. By writing frequently in a number of creative contexts, our English teachers hope that boys develop their understanding and application of a range of skills. By sharing their work, boys will see how others express themselves and identify strengths and weaknesses in their own and other’s writing.
Most of all, however, we hope that the boys will enjoy the opportunity to release those images lurking in the depths of the right side of the brain.
Maybe it’s a dinner table discussion: What would your superpower be and how would you use it to make a better world?