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Your Own
Faraway Place

driving into an emotion-evoking,
imaginary land


Student Writer Instructions:

The Phantom Tollbooth is an imaginative adventure story that uses great vocabulary words that are designed to evoke mood.  When Milo drives through the tollbooth into the "Lands Beyond," he finds himself in one strange territory called the Doldrums.  Here, the scenery and inhabitants all reflect melancholy. 

You--as writer--will create your own "Land Beyond."   Instead of the Doldrums, you will imagine a unique place that has a certain emotional mood in it and with its corresponding characters.  You will imagine yourself driving into your imaginary place for part one of your description, then you will imagine yourself stopping the car and you will describe something interesting outside your windshield.

First, you will need to choose an emotion word by pressing the button below.

Second, use the graphic organizer to brainstorm words and images that will help you establish a mood within your place. 

Third, you will write a two-part description about you driving to your imaginary place and experiencing the place's mood. 

As you write, keep in mind that careful word choice reflects mood and emphasizes your voice in your description.

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What emotion might your setting evoke?

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