Today at The Word Party we talked about where and how writers get their ideas. I read the students part of an interview with JK Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) who admitted that her idea for HP just popped into her head!
To get the ideas flowing, I passed out postcards/greeting cards to the students. These cards showed paintings, photos, and illustrations of different subject matter -- animals, people, dragons, mermaids, abstracts, etc. I asked the kids to choose one image and write a story about it. Sara was inspired by a painting of a crowd of people wearing party attire. Here's an excerpt from her story:
"I was getting off the plane because I was going to a party in Paris . . . when the limo came to get us it had a jacuzzi and a TV in it -- of course no one told me to wear a bathing suit so I am kind of mad. We only got to stick our feet in it. I have a blister from the shoes I wore because they have high heels, but the hot tub felt good on my blister . . . "
Next, we experimented with personification (giving human traits and attributes to things that are not human). I put a mirror, a lipstick, tweezers, a cell phone, and a marker on a chair, and asked the kids to choose one of these objects. Their assignment was to write "A Day in the Life" of the object, using personification.
Here's Naomi's take on "A Day in the Life of a Lipstick":
"OMG! This kid picked me up with her grubby hands and used me! Then she cut off my tip with scissors! Do you know how much time it takes to sharpen my tip? 10 minutes exactly!"
And Max wrote "A Day in the Life of a Cell Phone":
"Hi, I'm a cell phone and I constantly hear the blah blah blah bleep bloop of blabbermouths. And the most disgusting gossip, not to mention the vile wretched meaningless Facebook and Twitter. And don't even get me started with texting!"
Here are some of the students at work:
Alexandra and Kaitlin