Willie, Willie, Harry, Steve
Harry, Dick, John, Harry Three.
Edward One, Two, Three, Dick Two
Henry Four, Five, Six then who?
Edward Four Five, Dick the Bad
Harrys twain and Ned, the lad.
Mary, Lizzie, James, the Vain
Charlie, Charlie, James again.
William and Mary, Anne o'Gloria,
Four Georges, William and Victoria
Edward Seven, Georgie Five,
Edward, George and Liz (alive).
Queen Victoria eyes Caesar's awfully painful corns.
What should they help you remember? Scribal points to Billy for recognizing the kings and queens of England in the first mnemonic. Maybe the second is impossible . . .? But wait! Minnesotastan has it: the seven hills of Rome (clockwise from the north). Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, Aventine, Palatine, Capitoline.
Here's my freshmen's first writing assignment. They had twenty minutes to complete it.
The most influential person in my life, and what I learned from him or her.
The funniest or scariest moment in my life, and what I learned from it.
Focus on creativity, originality, and detailed description to make this a lively, memorable, and revealing glimpse into your personality as a writer.
My advanced students got this prompt:
First, think of something you really know well -- something you're an expert in. It can be a procedure (flying a plane, entertaining your baby sister, baking a cake, surviving in the wild, surviving in your high school) or an idea (philosophical, political, scientific, religious, educational, technical, etc.).
Assume that the audience for your essay will be this class -- a group of randomly assorted college students. They are intelligent, but not necessarily well-informed about your topic.
In the next thirty minutes, write an essay on your chosen topic that this specific audience can read and come away feeling confident that they could perform the procedure or explain the idea themselves.
Focus on providing detailed, well-organized information presented in an engaging and memorable style.
I'm not dressed. My hair is falling out. I can't find my classrooms. I left my handouts at home. I don't remember what books I've assigned. I don't know the material. I have several hundred students. Some of them are clearly insane. I wake up with a blistering headache.