I was doing a little online Christmas shopping last night ... okay - I was doing A LOT of online Christmas shopping last night. I wasn't planning on buying anything for myself - really, I wasn't ... until I went on Amazon. Now, books are my weakness, I've admitted that before, but I was going to hold strong - I had really convinced myself I didn't anything new. AND THEN ...
You know that little advertising tool that they have - the one where it recommends books based on previous purchases ... oh, I know you know what I'm talking about. I was just planning on taking a quick peek - just out of curiousity ... and I couldn't believe my eyes ... and just as quick, I added it to my shopping cart - The Chronicles of Harris Burdick.
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg is a classroom favourite of mine. It is my hands-down absolute go to book for inferring and creative writing. LOVE IT! I have it in hard cover, and in portfolio version. My favourite activity is to scatter the portfolio sheets on the floor of the gym, then turn out the lights. I have my students enter the darkened gym with flashlights and sit around me in the centre of the gym. They turn out their flashlights and I turn on mine. I read the introduction to them, and when they are hooked, I let them turn on their flashlights and have them do a walk around, pausing at each sheet (they must do this step in silence). After the entire class has had a chance to see all the pages, I turn back on the lights. In groups of three or four, students choose their favourite page and create a 3 pose tableaux about the picture (before, during, after). When we return to class, I have the students use the page they chose as a prompt, and they create the story. I've even had classes create entire books using a story-in-the round method. Once we even created a real book, complete with illustrations.
Oh my goodness - I CANNOT wait for this book to get here ... just like a kid at Christmas. ;)
With all my Christmas shopping last night, I was still in a Christmas mood today. So I put that good mood to good use (why waste a good mood on laundry) and created a Christmas Drama Circle activity. I've done two drama circles with my class already this year, and they have enjoyed them so much, I knew they'd love one for Christmas, too. If you wish, you can click on the picture to get a preview of the product. And, because I'm still in a Christmas mood, I'll send a copy to the first two people to leave a comment below with their email address. Happy Saturday!!!