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    :p Get a copy of Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. . .it is very unique. Most of the pages of the book are pictures with titles. (The author wants the readers to create the stories themselves. . .very clever.) The readers must look carefully at details of the picture. Photocopy pictures of these pages. Allow students to select a picture and write lead sentences. . . opening sentences that tell about the setting or main character. This book has loads of mileage!

    Take a copy of David Weisner's (sp?) book Tuesday. It is basically a wordless book. At end of the book, there is a picture of a news reporter interviewing an eyewitness. Students can write the intervews. This could be a great buddy writing experience.

    Take some of the picture books that you have. Create ways to extend the work. Some authors have endings that lend themselves to "How will the readers continue the stories in their heads?" A master of this is Chris Van Allsburg. . .look at The Stranger, Bad Day At River Bend, The Sweetest Fig, or Two Bad Ants.

    Hope you can get some spin-offs from these simple ideas! Let us know if you need more help. . .or thinking in another direction for your needs.

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