Walking Dead episode 1 spoilers within.
We are conducting a 'writing challenge' across our school this term. Their writing task is due on Monday. Out of each class the best student will win an ipod touch! A pretty good reward for the best work an a way for us to encourage students to ACTUALLY write something.
Today a student came to me to check that his 'final' idea for the story was ok.
'Sir' he stated.
'Yes' I replied.
'I have this mad idea for my story'
'Ok, go ahead'
'So there's this sheriff right, and he goes out to stop some robbers, and they put out a spike strip and the robbers car crashes. He gets shot but is ok because he has a bulletproof vest. Then he gets up and another robber jumps up an shoots him in the side. Then...'
'Stop right there' I exclaim. 'You have just described the opening to The Walking Dead'.
This indescribable look appeared across the face of the student. 'Oh man, I can't believe Sir knows the Walking Dead.'
Just thought I'd relate this story. I can't describe the number of times I have read video game knock offs as original works. Some students seem to think that 'creative writing' means 'describe the plot of a movie/show or game that you think the teacher doesn't know' . If I have to read another story with Soap and Captain Price in it that is later claimed to be an original work, I am at a loss of what to do.