I'm back with more student writing! This time I did things a little differently. I have the usual student blog posts that were in the last two posts, but I also have a new feature here too: fan fiction! That's right. Fan Fiction. If you've been following my teaching progress you'll know that I've been spending this past semester teaching Black Speculative Fiction at every turn. I even let one of my comp classes read my book and write about it. They were charged with telling the story of a character in Colorius, the world of the Elementals, that is not featured in the novel proper. Some created heroes who met the Elementals, some created brand new heroes, and some just talked about the "normal" people determined to make a change. Their detailed stories are paired with other students' analysis of texts of their choice, so click below and see what this crop of students had to say!
"A Frame of Mind that Changed My Mind: J. Cole the Hypnotist" by Paris Lewis (an analysis of J. Cole's album 2014 Forest Hills Drive)
"Courageous Woman" by Sharhon Washington (an analysis of the Disney film Mulan)
"It's MY ShXt" by Da'Ja Cooksey (an analysis of Solange's song "Don't Touch My Hair")
"Stained Glass" by Tierra Sims (an analysis of the Disney (cartoon) film Beauty and the Beast)
"The Last Entry" by Gabrielle Brown (the final diary entry of Amber from Center City)
"Rockdale's Hero" by Estefania Solis (the story of Margot, the girl who takes on A.G.)
"Painting for What You Believe In" by Rumaisa Khan (the story of an artistic family empowering the world around them with their work)
"The Phone Call" by Logan Cartwright (a story about the relationship between two boys in Rockdale)
"Crumbling Center City" by Stephanie Perea (A closer look at what the Elementals did in Center City)
"The Treehouse that Changed It All" by Maighread Lutz (the story of a romance between Rod and a Black City young woman)
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