with Kim Rodgers and Jayne Besjak
The Mystery is in the Details...
The students became detectives in this week’s installment of creative writing. Using “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick,” which is a book containing illustrations with mysterious details along with a title and a caption, we brainstormed possibilities for story lines.
Each child chose an illustration to investigate. First they decided if the picture would explain the beginning, middle, or end of the story. Then they noticed the five most important details in the illustration and came up with three different story lines explaining what might have been going on in the picture. Choosing one, they began writing a story or drawing comics to explain the story. This week they are to work on finishing their story, coming to class with a completed story to share next week. They were so enthused with this project that they decided they wanted to work on another illustration of their choice from the book next week as well. This group has been doing a great job expressing themselves through storytelling. It’s always an adventure hearing them read what they wrote. They are so creative and entertaining. I look forward to seeing what they come up with this week!