by cheri block
One of my favorite writing assignments is to ask my students to write from the point of view of an animal. This exercise takes the writer away from self (to a degree) and into another sentient being. Vantage point changes. Emotional response to outside stimuli might change. Reason may or may not leave the equation, depending on the writer’s decisions about how to cast the animal’s “thoughts.”
Last year, I snapped this photo while riding in a taxicab in Paris.
Let’s pretend you are my student. Will you write from this Golden Retriever’s point of view?
This exercise is ungraded. Don’t worry.