Inventory is a method of analysis and classification that consists of isolating and listing the vocabulary of a pre-existing work according to parts of speech. Choose a newspaper article or passage from a newspaper article and “inventory” the nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, articles, etc. Bonus points for creative presentation of your final lists.
I used this handy tool for kids to create word clouds for each isolated group of words; one for nouns, one for verbs, etc. Then I layered each cloud on top of each other in Photoshop and adjusted the opacity of each until it was a very blurry image of text, which is essentially what speech is; we don’t isolate these groups of words when we speak. Then I wrote a quick poem using almost all the words from each group and made another layer in Photoshop to add on top of the armature, the groups of isolated words. I don’t know if this “fulfilled the brief” as they would say on the British version of Project Runway, but I was entertained by it.