By now, you’ve read the three scenes from the awesome play, Topdog/Underdog. I provided a series of questions after each scene:
What is the rhythm/pace of this scene?
How can you tell? (Hint: Look at the stage directions.)
What do we learn about the brothers’ characters and points of view?
During class on Thursday, I will ask you to go to your assigned scenes and write your answers in the “reply” section of this post.
- Cohorts 1 & 2 are assigned the questions for Scene 1.
- Cohorts 3 & 4 are assigned the questions for Scene 2.
- Cohorts 5 & 6 are assigned the questions for Scene 3.
Be sure to state which scene you are commenting on and read other comments before you respond. If you notice that someone in your group has already responded with your answer, you can say “I agree with X, but I’d like to add X” or “I disagree with X, I think X.”
One thing I want everyone to continue to think about is how Parks used stage directions to enhance her dialogue, as I mentioned in last week’s Announcement. Note especially the (rest) or the stacking of names to indicate that the brothers are involved in activities during conversation. Just like when you write poetry, white space in dialogue is very important.
Now that we’ve examined one writer’s way of creating dialogue, it’s time for you to create your own!
How will we do this?
- Get out your phone. Yes, a professor is telling you to do this.
- Go to your texts.
- Find a text thread where you’ve had an argument, a comedic back-and-forth, a lecture to or from a family member, even a boring “can you pick up X” conversation.
- Create a post titled Full Name, Dialogue 1. Save it under Dialogue.
- Copy and paste the text thread in the post. Add “stage directions” like Parks does and revise the conversation to make it clear to the audience who, what, when, where, why, and how. Change names! Change details! Make a fictional story from truth! Have fun with this!
- Find three more text threads and repeat steps 4 and 5 (obviously, change the “Dialogue 1” to “Dialogue 2” and so on.
- Have all four dialogues ready to share with your Cohort by Thursday’s class!
Be sure to read Week 14’s Assignment page!