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The book, “642 Things to Write About” has writing prompts to get those creative juices flowing such as:

Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom.

Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t.

Write an X-rated Disney scenario.

Write a scene that begins: ‘It was the first time I killed a man.’

You are a serial killer. What TV shows are on your DVR list? Why?

Apparently the book was part of a college level writing course that was being taught at the high school.

I dunno if giving students a workbook which has sexual content qualifies as "child pornography", but those do seem rather inappropriate. Unless you want your kid to start their porn writing career off early and right. Or to imagine themselves as a serial killer.

https://www.cleveland.com/akron/2021/09/hudson-mayor-craig-shubert-parents-call-for-resignation-of-hudson-school-board-teachers-after-students-receive-book-of-inappropriate-writing-prompts.html

ETA: If this is the incorrect circle, please let me know. I wasn't sure where this fit in.

The book, “642 Things to Write About” has writing prompts to get those creative juices flowing such as: Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom. Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t. Write an X-rated Disney scenario. Write a scene that begins: ‘It was the first time I killed a man.’ You are a serial killer. What TV shows are on your DVR list? Why? Apparently the book was part of a college level writing course that was being taught at the high school. I dunno if giving students a workbook which has sexual content qualifies as "child pornography", but those do seem rather inappropriate. Unless you want your kid to start their porn writing career off early and right. Or to imagine themselves as a serial killer. https://www.cleveland.com/akron/2021/09/hudson-mayor-craig-shubert-parents-call-for-resignation-of-hudson-school-board-teachers-after-students-receive-book-of-inappropriate-writing-prompts.html ETA: If this is the incorrect circle, please let me know. I wasn't sure where this fit in.

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Fair enough. I selected the prompts that I would have had the most objections to as a student (for reasons I'll leave vague), but reasonable people can differ. None of the opponents quoted in the article seem reasonable.

None of the opponents quoted in the article seem reasonable.

Yep! I went through the list of prompts in the article and there was a handful that I thought were unsuitable, a few I liked or were at least fine as-is, and then a few that would be fine if they were tweaked (my fave prompt was the sermon prompt, and if they just changed 'sex scandal' to 'scandal' it'd be suitable for all ages). I'm sure people would have different opinions on which were fine and which were best left unused, but my main takeaway was that the people quoted in the article were on another planet.

I actually thought that the sermon prompt was fine as-is, although you're right that a scandal about misusing church funds or something would be less controversial. Referencing a sexual scandal heightens the sense of moral hypocrisy and leaves the door open for more interesting biblical references. Because it's a sermon, there wouldn't be any focus on sexual details. The character's viewpoint is so different from the students' that it's very unlikely that they would be calling on their personal feelings about their own relationships, and the focus would be on empathising with a foreign viewpoint. Shrug.

[–] lucrecia 2 points Edited

I was thinking it would be funnier if it were left open to interpretation so that you had to work out what it was about from the sermon itself, and you could mess around with innuendo. "I looked at materials I should not have been looking at, on church property. These materials were rather graphic and shocking, with some, ahem, very detailed illustrations..." -- it's On the Origin Of the Species. Or you could just have an unrepentant preacher who straight up robbed a bank. I think a group would have more fun if it were left open-ended, anyway. Though the original prompt might make more sense if you were studying Browning's Fra Lippo Lippi or something like that.