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!
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate is a book that follows a young boy through the difficult reality of being poor and even homeless, at one point. Crenshaw is the boy's vivacious imaginary cat friend who comes to him at times when he needs him the most.
The three writing prompts include:
•What are some facts or life lessons that you have learned in your life?
• How I think (and hope) I have helped Jackson. By: Crenshaw
•The lessons I learned and how I have grown from these experiences.By: Jackson