Wizard's Adventures: Getting a Reluctant Writer to do Creative Writing

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We have a new member of the family!  Meet Wizard!

Nuestro hámster Mago / Wizard

Nuestro hámster Mago / Wizard

He’s a little tiny hamster.  G saved his money for two months and did extra work raking leaves to buy him.  And now he has a very thorough understanding of the word “nocturnal”.

Being small, however, doesn’t prevent his having epic adventures!  I noticed that G was resisting any writing work that required writing a  story, although normally that’s something he enjoys.  I’d seen ideas from other teachers who placed small items in a brown paper lunchsack for students to use in writing a store, and some who sent a stuffed animal pet home with a notebook for students to write about its adventures while it was at their house.  Combining the two ideas brought forth The Adventures of Wizard!

Dejo la bolsita y el cuaderno para que G los encuentre por la mañana

Dejo la bolsita y el cuaderno para que G los encuentre por la mañana

Two times per week I fill a little brown paper lunch sack with things I find around the house: a nut, a pencil sharpener, a car, a fork, a ball, toothpaste; whatever!  I put 4-6 items inside, and then leave it with the notebook in a place where G will find it.  He gets really excited when he sees the sack and notebook, and rushes to think of and write a story, without any complaining at all!  Perfect.

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