Jenny’s Story, Part 3

 Part 1 and Part 2 of Jenny’s Story, in case you missed them.

Jenny had lots of funny ideas to write about—Teletubbies, quesadillas made-to-order in Math class, Ashton Kutcher, among them.

But could any of these funny ideas be transformed into a story? A story worth sharing with college admissions officers?

As a next step, I asked Jenny to outline each idea as follows:

  1. Where and when does this story take place? List the specific location(s) and time(s).
  2. Is there a main character in the story? Is it you?
  3. Do you start in one place and end up in another by the end of the story?
  4. What HAPPENS to cause you to move or change? Write that down.

She looked first at her Ashton Kutcher idea (she had told her little sister that “Ashton Kutcher” was a swear word).

  1. Where and when does this story take place? List the specific location(s) and time(s). In the family car and in the living room in front of the TV. At various times in the past six months, but a definite moment in last scene in front of the TV.
  2. Is there a main character in the story? Is it you? There are two main characters, Jenny and her sister, but this story is told from Jenny’s point of view, so she is the protagonist.
  3. Do you start in one place and end up in another by the end of the story? Yes, Jenny starts by thinking it would be fun to play a practical joke on her sister, and at the end, the joke is exposed and Jenny reflects on the meaning of the experience.
  4. What HAPPENS to cause you to move or change? Write that down. A TV show starring Ashton K comes on and Jenny’s sister realizes Ashton is an actor, not a swear word.

Stay tuned for Part 4 to see whether this story can work as a topic for Jenny’s college admissions essay.

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