What did I do?
- Getting Started of Workbook* on the concept (RUBRIC) of discovery, and several methods of generating ideas for creative writing tasks, including: Brainstorming with a stimulus or relevant thoughts and expanding, The Six Thinking Hats – lateral thinking to expand on an idea and compose the elements of how it may be written – and looking up stimuli for inspiration – quotes, lyrics, images, philosophical questions, etc.
› Activities from Workbook*: Finding ‘narrative ideas’ that correlate with the RUBRIC.
All The Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr was the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Set ,during the Second World War, the novel follows a blind sixteen year old girl fleeing Nazi-occupied France and an orphaned German boy pressed by the Nazi Army. (Summary summarised from: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/a/all-the-light-we-cannot-see/about-all-the-light-we-cannot-see) Apparently being a Pulitzer Prize Winner is a big deal so sorry for my ignorance. I may be able to use this novel; its style is very sophisticated from the first three pages that I have read so far.
The Light Between The Oceans (2012) by M.L. Stedman has won several different 2013 book of the year awards (because apparently there was a reason for having several, even though they all chose same book). Set in mid-1920s Australia, a lighthouse keeper and his wife find a baby and deceased adult in a boat and uncover the child’s past. The summary on the book even has the word ‘discover’ and the slogan: ‘This is a story of right and wrong, and how sometimes they look the same.’ Both of these will need more research and I will need to check whether or not they are on the prescribed text list.
Nam Le’s The Boat ‘s story/chapter Hiroshima is an excellent example, as historical fiction, of the ways in which perspectives of discovery/life will differ from different cultures/historical setting/social context/values/etc. As the young Japanese school-girl, Mayako, evacuated to the hills, recalls memories of her patriotic and religious family – her brother’s sacrifice in the army, her sister’s aid work in the villages, her father’s injured return from war – before the first atomic bomb fell in Japan, Hiroshima, and destroyed about 90% of the city. The event is told through the eyes of an innocent child – the mindset of someone who believes in her country wholeheartedly because of her family and the propaganda that has filtered the world. The actual bombing is conveyed through her seeing thousands of ‘Kami’ (spirits), her paper becoming grey, her memory of having a photo taken, the blinding flash, and warmth on the left side of her face before the story ends.
Looked at the DeBono Hats – the Six Hats in class
The RUBRIC, when broken down, can be divided and classified under the hats which address the factual (white), the positive (yellow), the creative/original (green), the logical (blue), the emotional (red) and the negative (black). A related text should have within it several of these ‘hats’ of discovery.
Further study of the DeBono Hats included looking at the poem The New Experience (2010) by Suzanne Buffam which was composed of all six ‘hats’.
*Workbook: McHugh A. (2015). HSC English Discovery Creative Task Workbook. Macmillan Education Australia Pty. Ltd. South Yarra, Victoria