Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pop Culture Writing Assignment: Humans of New York

Humans of New York (HONY) Inspired Monologue

Below, you will find the instructions for a slam dunk assignment I did for the first time last year. Pair pop culture with writers' voice, tone, and creativity and sprinkle in a little public speaking and you have a Common Core darling! Have fun and post pix in the comments below if you try it out.

In this speech, you are taking on the identity of a person in a photograph that you have never met.

HONY started in November 2010 by photographer Brandon Stanton. He has gathered over 6,000 portraits of “Humans of New York.”  Paired with each photo is a SHORT blurb about the person.  Most always it is written from their perspective and their voice (1st person).

1.) Access “Humans of New York” HONY via the following ways:
instagram/facebook page

2.) Read through as many profiles as you like until you find one that “speaks to you.”  It needs to compel you, make you wonder, and maybe even reflect on your own life.  It can remind you of yourself or be your polar opposite.  It can be someone you respect or disrespect.

3.) On a Google Doc, retype their blurb and then ADD YOUR continuation of their story.  This is fictional.  It needs to sound like it was written in their voice and you will be inventing a longer story for them. No matter how long their blurb is, your portion of their story must be AT LEAST one typed page (12 pt. double spaced) but can be longer to meet time requirements.

4.) YOUR MONOLOGUE WILL BE MEMORIZED using no cards.  You are ACTING like the person you have chosen, taking on their characteristics and voice, and mannerisms.  You will, of course, be creating all of this because all you have is a still photo and a short blurb.

5.) TIMING:  Your speech should be between 1 minute and 2 minutes

6.) DRESS in a similar fashion to your HONY

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