In conjunction with reading “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, students will write their own daydreams for Walter (minimum two). They will include trigger events that start Walter’s daydream. They will use characterization to show Walter’s daydream persona. Also practices dialogue writing, with bonus handout on using and punctuating dialogue.
Use as an anticipatory set or as a culminating project. Students will write a pair of short daydreams for Walter Mitty, following the format of the short story.
This activity refers to characterization, so students will need a basic understanding of characterization. This term refers to the way a character’s traits are revealed in the story, such as through what another character says about them, what that character thinks or says about themselves, or what their actions reveal about them.
In this activity, students should show characterization of Walter Mitty’s confidant, capable daydream persona in the thoughts, speech, or actions of Walter’s daydream character or others.
Dialogue is part of the story. A bonus handout on writing dialogue is included for student reference.
Student instruction sheet with rubric
Writing Dialogue handout (bonus)
Item is a single file PDF.
The New York has reprinted the short story online, for free! Click here to get a copy: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1939/03/18/the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-2
This item is also included in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Activity Bundle (James Thurber)- PDF
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