This is a great "Back to School" introductory creative writing project intended to help you, as the teacher, get to know your students, and introduce them to the elements of plot in literature and instill a passion for creative writing in them!
Students enjoy reading selected stories from Sandra Cisneros's novel, The House on Mango Street, and creating their very own book called, "The House on (Student's Street)", which includes stories and poetry about their lives and neighborhoods.
Throughout this project (35 pages attached), students learn about plot, characters, setting, conflict, climax, resolution, similes, metaphors, descriptive writing, narrative writing, poetry writing, etc. Students enjoy the process of expressing themselves through creative writing.
Some examples of activities included are drawing a neighborhood map of their own, "copy change" creative writing on the chapters "Hairs" and "My Name," writing a descriptive essay about a "dream house" (Students LOVE this one!), writing a conversation using correct dialogue rules, writing poems including an ode, and writing a personal narrative.
Enjoy getting to know your students in this project while instilling a love of creative writing in them!