Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Down at the Crossroad a Story Waits for You: Writing Contemporary Adaptations of Old Stories - Section 3: Applying Knowledge: Moving from Talking to Writing


This student let the Halloween weekend be her inspiration.  Her original story is The Sandman. She explains that her mother used to tell her the story of the Sandman.  Her summary contains a vivid description of the Sandman, "For those who see him before he trickles the fine dust over their faces, luring them to sleep, they say he is Night's son. His skin radiates a soft silver glow, his salt and pepper hair blows in a gentle breeze, and his eyes shine as bright as the stars." I really liked how this student focused on one central character and the actions of this character.  

Now for her Halloween inspired repurposed story, The Kandy Man, she also on describing one character's description and actions.  "Parents fear him, and children adore him. He is known as the Kandy Man.  The Kandy Man whisks through the moon lit night on his stark white Air Jordans, going house to house. Slung on his back is a vibrant red Jansport backpack filled with candy."  In this passage she really nailed her audience.  The hot trend in shoes is sparking white basketball shoes.  Our school colors are red and white, the red Jansport backpack is one of the most popular accessories at school.  

Adding to her story is the accompanying Kandy Man visual.  She created a box that looks like a beautiful piece of wrapped candy.  When the box is opened, there is a pop up visual of the story.  Even though this student kept her story simple, she developed a vivid picture and a compelling character that connects with a 21st teen audience. 

  Intrinsic Motivation: A Repurposed Story
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Down at the Crossroad a Story Waits for You: Writing Contemporary Adaptations of Old Stories

Unit 4: There Is Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT use precise language to convey a vivid picture of events, setting, and characters by repurposing an old story, folk tale, or urban legend for a modern audience.

Big Idea: New is old and old is new. Students repurpose classic stories for a 21st century audience.

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