Coffee, Books, Reflection
Today is a weird day of school. I woke up to half an inch of ice layered on my car and no 2 hour delay. Cute, right? Anyway, since today was originally "Spring Break" and became a snow make-up day, it's already a weird day with many students absent. That means a lot of adjustments in my classes.
My Creative Writing students are ready to move on to their next project, but I hate assigning a project then sending them away for a 4day weekend, so we improvised a bit. Their next project is to write a children's book in a small group, so we've been reading children's books, learning about children's book structures, and researching fairytales.
Today I put students into groups and had them write new fairytales. I read a rendition of "The Three Little Pigs" out loud (check out The Three Aliens and the Big Bad Robot, it's hilarious. I did not make the robot noises, however), then told students in partners to find a fairytale and retell it making changes to the characters, setting, or outcome, or all 3. The writing exercise didn't take very long, but it stretched them creatively and had them analyzing what was important and should be kept, and what could be changed. Overall, it was a fun activity.
I'm excited to see what these students come up with for their storybooks!
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Kari teaches English I to 9th graders (!) and other electives in rural Iowa. Her husband is also an English teacher, and their friends have sworn to never help them move again because "even libraries don't have that many books."