...sharing thoughtful, mentor text-inspired lessons your students will love!
Week #2 with the kiddos is done. I've checked in their summertime writer's notebooks, and dang, I wish I had such passion for writing at their age as these kids do.
I am busily writing a few lessons for my 6th-8th graders based on last year's Newberry-winner, Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. I just love a book that makes me laugh out loud. There's a wonderful, old character in the book who--instead of plain, biographical obituaries--writes the death notices for the town's newspaper based on a beautiful moment or memory she has of the deceased. It's beautiful and touching but why are so many people in town dying this summer? A fun book! You should read it.
Here come this week's prompts. If any of this week's prompts don't appeal to you, the new link to visit/bookmark is now: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html#topics
Monday: "What should children hear about this? Write a children's story based on something difficult you once had to do. Disguise the story so it seems like a fairy tale of some sort."
Tuesday: "Where does it go? Write about the journey a new writing ideas takes as it enters your brain."
Wednesday: Inspired by Dead End in Norvelt, what memory of you do you hope they embellish with details when they write your obituary in thew far-far-away future?
Thursday: "What's the definition of 'bug' anyway? Write about a memory that involves a bug or many bugs."
Friday: "What did he/she/it teach you? Write about a time you learned something from a best friend."
Saturday: "When does a minute seem like enough time? List 5 important things you do that can be done in under one minute. Write about one or all of them with more detail."
Have a great week.