Belonging Essay

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1. WHAT IDEAS ABOUT BELONGING ARE YOU GOING TO CONVEY IN YOUR CREATIVE? First of all, let’s start with thinking about Belonging ideas, rather than the creative piece itself. You should choose 2-3 ideas that you think you want to write about or that you find the most interesting. If you’re unsure about what ideas about Belonging there are – just think about the ones in your essay! It could be things like: • Belonging and identity: belonging gives us a sense of identity. • Belonging and conformity: belonging depends on us conforming to the group/society. • Belonging to people, place and culture • Belonging and choice: we have control over whether we belong or not You can then think about how these ideas relate to your character: • Will your character gain a sense of identity through belonging in the story? • Will your character struggle to belong because they refuse to conform? • Will your character feel a sense of belonging to a particular place? • Will they struggle to belong to a new culture? • Will your character choose not to belong? • Will your character find themselves forced to belong anyway? As you can see, there is a lot of potential here for what could happen and how they demonstrate ideas about Belonging! 2. WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE PREMISE OF YOUR CREATIVE? By “premise”, I mean….what is the basic background or situation that the story will occur in? The premise is very important to your creative, because that is what will set your creative apart from others! Think simply about WHO and WHERE. There is usually no need to discuss WHEN, as it is too difficult/confusing to write about another time (past/future) in a short creative piece. Anyway, here are 2 basic examples: • A migrant family arriving in Australia. (You can vary this up by having refugees or illegal migrants instead. Or using another country besides Australia.) • A school

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