Contrast & juxtaposition

Lesson
Contrast & juxtaposition
24 pages
Purpose
Learn to use contrast and juxtaposition to create compelling descriptions, emotional effects, and conflict.
Description
If goals and motivations are the engines of story, then contrast is the law of thermodynamics: it creates interest, attention, clarity, emotion, and conflict. We begin by using images to study tonal contrast, juxtaposition, and resonance. Students then write variations to explore how juxtaposition helps us see the world more clearly, creates emotional effects, and sets the conditions for conflict. Throughout the lesson, students are asked to follow a single theme. At the end, their snippets are combined into a checkpoint piece to create a rich portrait of a dynamic world, created purely through contrast.
Lesson type
Introduction
Genre / Topic
Contrast, Juxtaposition