Posted by: Debby | September 23, 2011

Write about an Unexpected Gift: Play With Your Words Prompt #42

This week’s Play With Your Words Prompt involves writing a scene around a character who receives an unexpected gift.

I saw Mr. Popper’s Penguins last spring. In the film, Popper’s dying father sent him one incredible gift that definitely changed his son’s life.

Dream up the most bizarre thing you can imagine that could be delivered in a package.

Write a character description of the person who would send such an item. Bonus points if you also write a description for the person he or she is going to send it to.

Now write the scene in which some special someone receives this unexpected gift.

When you are done, share your scenes with your writing partners. Compliment one another on their creative details, use of logic, writing strengths and the things you simply enjoy. Please, share your writing as comment. It would be so fun to see what different people have come up with.

Preschool Literacy: get a box and show it to your child. Ask him what you could send in that box. Brainstorm a list of ideas and write them down. Read the list back to your preschooler, pointing to the words as you say them to reinforce the one to one correspondence between written and spoken words. Ask the child to choose one item to think about then ask her who she would like to send that item to. Ask your preschooler to tell you what they would like to say in a note to that person if they were really going to send the item. Write down his message on a fresh sheet of paper. Read the note back to the child when done (again, pointing to the words as you say them to reinforce the one to one correspondence). Imagine together how the recipient of this unusual package would respond. Get silly. Have fun.

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