Today we took notes on Mark Twain (see attached) and read one of his earliest works, "The Celebrating Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."
Your assignment is to write a story about a competition using vernacular:
1. Come up with some sort of contest or competition with which you are familiar. (Sporting events? Games? Challenges between siblings? Performances/pageants?)
2. Choose a setting for your contest – and, through your choice of setting, the vernacular that will be used. This could be a regional vernacular (the drawl of the deep south, the particular slang of Australia, etc.) or a cultural vernacular (Valley Girl, gaming speak/shorthand, etc.). Make sure that it is a vernacular that you can convey in writing.
3. Write a short story in the style of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog.” Your story should tell about a contest, and it should convey vernacular through dialogue. Humor is certainly encouraged! HOWEVER, remember that this is a school assignment; be careful not to trip on the line between “funny” and “offensive/prejudicial” and fall on your face.
4. You will have two weeks to work on this; submit a polished version (typed, titled, no errors) on Thursday, February 2.