Creative Letter, End to Unit

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SWBAT finish their theme analysis and write a creative letter or journal entry from the perspective of a character in "So B. It," ten years in the future.

Big Idea

What happens in the future? Kids write creative letters and journal entries one of three characters.

Complete Theme Analysis

35 minutes

Students have the first half of the block to complete their Theme Analysis continued from the previous day's lesson.

I circulate, as always during writers workshop. This writing assignment won't go through all the stages of revision. I'm really just looking to make sure they have a solid understanding of theme, the central idea of the novel, as well as a firm grasp of parts of plot.

This time should be focused and hushed. Kids are on a time crunch. I want them to finish today.

Here is a completed Student Sample of a Theme Analysis.

Group Meeting: Where are they now? Ten years in the future.

15 minutes

When all that serious stuff is over, we can move on to something more creative. I ask them to work at their table groups. Each table is assigned a different major character from So B. It. On the board I'll write:

Imagine ten years have passed since the book has ended. Where are these characters now? Make a list of all the possible events that could have transpired. What is currently happening in these characters' lives?

As a small group, I'll designate one character as theirs. They will write a list in their notebooks of all the possible place this character could be. All of the events they could now be involved in.

They we make a master list on the board... Where are our characters now?

I ask that their lists be semi-believable. But it is okay to have a little fun with this... and to be a little silly.

Letter or Diary Entry Writing

20 minutes

Now, they can choose any character and write either:

  1. A diary entry from that character's perspective.
  2. Or, a letter from any of the character's we mentioned, to another character we've mentioned.

Students are forced to infer. I also ask them to reference the novel, "So B. It."

Here is a Student Sample of a Creative Diary Entry.

If there is time at the end, we'll share.