Before Christmas break the honors students created Cinderella stories. We read piles of Cinderella versions before creating our own. I wanted to see if they understood plot, characterization, setting, conflict, and point of view. First, I tried it myself. It was harder than I thought! I set my story in the days of wagon trains (I was rereading Little House on the Prairie at the time).
There were no stepsisters in my story, just real sisters. Selfish sisters.
The real mom did die and the father wasn't nice to my protagonist.
The "fairy godmother" character was a ghost (I know . . . weird).
This story was written and made into a book by one of my fascinating students. She speaks fluent Russian, is a talented actress, and is kind to everyone. She's brilliant. I love her silver shoe, don't you?
I took an old book and glued paper on the existing pages, leaving room for illustrations, so that's what my students did, too.
This book was created by a Korean student. She is a beautiful writer and artist! She's also brilliant and multi-talented.
Her Cinderella was a bird. The author is a bird lover like me. Isn't that sweet? I think her bird drawings are very original.
A bird wedding! How nice!
I liked Cindertooth. The protagonist is an old lady.
They were all interesting and the kids DID go beyond the expectations. I'd show you more, but I'm too lazy to dig them out of my carefully packed crate. I have to carry them back to school tomorrow.
Today we began Grammar Boot Camp. The sixth graders are speedy learners.
Why don't you write a story and make a book? It was fun. I like "altering" books. Everyone is a story teller. Everyone has at least one little story to tell.
I am reading too many books at the moment. I need a few more wakeful hours in my day!
It's time for my milk and cookies. Thank you for popping in, paying attention to my little world, and giving my students' books a think or two! You're the nicest!