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Imaginative Home Movies

letting a funny title inspire a story a child might tell

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Are you ready to write your own story (true or fictional) about an imaginative child (perhaps yourself) making a "home movie" about an ordinary event?  Can you do it as well as Christopher Paul Curtis did in chapter 5 through his character named Byron?

Step #1: Your first writing task today is to create an interesting, long, and humorous title for your "home movie."  Pressing the button below might inspire you to remember (or create) a story title about an ordinary event. 

Step #2:  Use the graphic organizer to help you “storyboard” your "movie" and pre-think the funny details.  You may want to share your storyboard with a friend to see if s/he can suggest more ways to make it humorous. 

Step #3:  Draft your story.  Remember to add in the humorous details.  Don't be afraid to be original or zany as your write!

Step #4:  Score your draft using the Idea Development and Voice Post-it® Note-sized templates to help with planning how you'll revise the paper to make it even better. 


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If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.


Using chapter five's title as your model,
can you create a humorous "movie title" for the following activity a child might do?

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