Loop Writing Exercise/Brainstorm (1 hour)
Everyone will open their journals, find a comfortable place to write and will be guided through a looping exercise that includes:
Writing steadily (without stopping) about a set topic for several minutes. Each loop should approach the topic from a different perspective.
Reread through what you have written in the prior loops. What is your writing about? What is the story or skeleton here?
Ultimately, participants will read over what they wrote to complete their I Am Why statements.
Freestyle Battle (30 min - 1 hour)
This is especially recommended for people working in lock-up and is a great way for a group to stay activated and engaged. The facilitator will give the group prompts and record the battle, which can be rap or spoken word. Participants can then listen to or read their recorded portions for inspiration to create their I Am Why statements.
- What is one of your strengths that the government or the system sees as a negative?
- What is a trait you have that has gotten you into a lot of trouble?