I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

Today we spent some time looking at the illustrations drawn by Harris Burdick–his illustrations are a true mystery! (Ask your student about the mystery behind the pictures.) Students had been creating some of their own stories about these illustrations in my 4th hour classes. We shared some of our writing today and then I shared with them a book called The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (author of Polar Express) which includes the same illustrations that they used for their creative writing pieces, however the stories about the pictures are by famous authors, such as Stephen King, Louis Lowry (author of The Giver), etc. We also looked at the elements of suspense in the stories.

No homework over Thanksgiving break! Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Finley

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