This activity is great for creative writing! I remember doing a mock newspaper as a kid; I thought it was so fun to pretend like I was in that time period or in the book. Writing from the character's POV is a great way to have a mini lesson on tone and mood. This is a good opportunity to also have your students learn about "Show don't tell." They can write from the character's perspective and say a lot about the character's feelings and thoughts by what they write. This is also a nice opportunity for the students to refer back to the book to look for text evidence and support their findings. The writing style and prose will change depending on the book and topic. Enjoy!
This creative writing newspaper activity includes 6 writing prompts! There are 2 newspapers included. One is from the end of the book and the other one is from a year later!
The writing prompts include:
1. Write from the perspective of Mr. Head and describe the new animals and shows that Circus Mirandus has to offer!
2. Write from the perspective of Rosebud and describe her potions and their powers!
3. Write from Jenny's perspective and talk about how she now believes in magic and discuss how this experience has changed her.
4. Write from the perspective of aunt Gertrudis. What does she have to say for herself? Does she miss her brother and Micah? Did she see Micah walk across the huge crack in the Earth?
5. Write from the perspective of Micah! How does Micah feel since he began living with the circus a year ago? Has he created any new knots?
6. Write from the perspective of the Amazonia Bird Woman- Victoria. How will she describe her actions in the past? What is she doing now?