Want to engage your students while practicing their context clue and creative writing skills? If so, this project is for you, all you will need is either a copy of the book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg or access to the internet to search up the images online (I have found all of the images of the book available on line as well.) In this activity, students choose one of the detailed illustrations from the book and write a short story based on the picture. Each detailed drawing contains several mysterious elements, your students will love diving in to the detail of it! I have successfully taught this project with every grade from 3rd through 8th grade.