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!
Stone Fox is written by John Reynolds Gardiner. When Little Willy's grandfather falls ill, he will stop at nothing to save his grandfather's potato farm. During his journey, he meets a seed farmer Native American man named Stone Fox and is forever changed by his actions.
The 3 writing prompts include:
1. Why I supported Little Willy and helped him win the race. By: Stone Fox
2. What happens next? What happens after Little Willy carries Searchlight over the finish line? How do you think the townspeople react to Stone Fox helping Little Willy?
3. How I grew and changed through this experience and the lessons that I learned. By: Little Willy
#1 and #3 are from the characters' perspectives. #2 is an opinion piece that the students create using their background knowledge of the story and their imaginations.