This creative writing activity is FUN and CHALLENGING! Students who enjoy demonstrating their prowess with vocabulary will especially like this, but all kids will want to compete for bragging rights! The class reads and discusses a segment from the novel GADBSY, which has more than 50,000 words but never once uses the letter E. After reading a segment, students attempt to write their own. Reflection questions follow.
This assignment is useful with various grade levels and abilities. You may want to also download other Constrained Writing assignments to use in conjunction with this one.
The novel is in the public domain. You could extend this lesson by assigning further online reading.