Monday, October 06, 2008
Chris Van Allsburg's excellent children's book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick has been a source of writing inspiration for my students for years. I honestly have never had more success getting my students to write than using this book as a story starter.
So, my question to you is, "Will you join us?" I want you to write a story based on one of Van Allsburg's pictures from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. There are two rules to this assignment:
1. You must use the line that goes with the picture somewhere in your story.
2. The story must have something to do with the picture.
If you don't have a copy this link will take you to Google Book Search of the story.
Write your story on your blog, or use Google docs, or some other on-line publishing and send me the link so my class can read it and so I can link to it. If you can't publish it on-line, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post it here on the blog. You can even record audio or video of you reading your story!
There is no reward except for the joy of writing and sharing with others and perhaps the coveted Blogging Tiger Award for Writing to place on your blog or website.