Notebooking Daily Writing Exercise May 10, 2015

Daily Exercise Genre: The How-To.

Today we'll work with the good old 'how-to' genre. Write a 'list poem' (or a regular poem) or a piece of prose that explains various ways or steps in how-to do something.

Today's how-to is...

How to answer the phone.

Whether you're answering the phone differently based on who is calling, you're showing the progression of telephone technology, you're taking the term 'phone' to be less the actual telephone and more of a non technological mode of communication (ie letters, smoke signals, facial cues etc), you're discussing various ways that different people might (or do) answer the phone) or you're showing how your mood at the time changes how you answer the phone (words, tone, volume of voice), there are many ways to approach this seemingly simple 'how-to'. You might even look at how poor signals (whether through the phone itself, or the place where there isn't much service) affects your ability to answer/understand incoming calls. I think back to the old Married With Children "Fox Viewing Positions" which mocked their networks' notoriously poor signal (my how times have changed).