MARSHA DIANE ARNOLD'S BLOG, FULL OF WRITING AND TRAVEL ADVENTURES AND OTHER MAGICAL STORIES
Cowabunga, Walton Elementary!
Almost heaven, West Virginia. That's how I felt skyping with the students and educators of Walton Elementary. Oh, students, you are probably too young to remember that beautiful song sung by John Denver. Anyway, I had a grand time skyping with you. Can you tell?
Mrs. Riley wanted me to share some writing prompts with you. I'm afraid with all the other homework I gave, this might overwhelm you, but if you look at my December 2011 post to Geary Elementary, you'll find some fun "Story Starters". You can also try this link:Thanks for skyping, Geary Elementary. "Story starters"below.
Your other assignments, if you wish to accept them, are about ROAR OF A SNORE and the chapter book I'm working on.
1) MUGWART AND ABIGAIL assignment
The chapter book I'm revising is currently entitled MUGWART AND ABIGAIL. The main character is Abigail who dreams of going on a dinosaur dig and maybe becoming a paleontologist. But instead of a dinosaur dig, her father moves the family to the tiny town of Mossville, far, far from anything, including dinosaurs! Since you are about the same age as Abigail, I'd appreciate your sharing your thoughts on the following:
a) What do you find most fascinating about dinosaurs? Do you have a favorite dinosaur? A favorite dinosaur story? Have you heard about feathered dinosaurs? What can you tell me about them?
b) If you had to move away from your town and friends (or if you've done this), what would you worry about most? What would you be excited about?
2) ROAR OF A SNORE assignment
Write your very own ROAR OF A SNORE 2. Instead of having Jack Huffle as your main character, use Molly Olsen, the girl on the last page of my ROAR OF A SNORE. The plot will remain the same. Molly will be searcing for the source of the loud, loud snore! But the setting, ah, the setting. You are going to change the setting, the place where the story happens, to some place new. It won't be a farmhouse and barn. It might be a jungle with jungle animals snoring or under the ocean with octopus and whales snoring. Use your imagination and have fun!
Keep reading and writing, Walton Elementary students. Hope to meet you in person some day!