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Between Repeated
Catch Phrases

creating a story that "stacks" on itself and repeats a catch phrase

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In Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, poor Alexander makes his way through his day, dealing with bad things happening to him.  The book’s organization makes it ideal for modeling your own “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” story:  it's school picture day, so what bad things might happen to you from the time you wake up in the morning to the time you go to bed at night...and what exotic location might you run away to if you could?

For this writing exercise, you will need to create an original catch phrase that you can say several times in your story. Alexander's catch phrase is about Austrailia. What will yours be? Choose one that is fun to come back to and that makes you laugh.

Once you have a catch phrase, create a fictional story where bad things happen to you (or to a character you make up) on school picture day. In between your bad things, figure out how to insert your catch phrase, at least, four times into your story.

And...Can you create a conclusion to your story that comes back to your catch phrase...like Alexander did with his Australia?

If you're sturggling to create a catch phrase, press the buttons below for an idea.

Interactive Choices for Writing:

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

Can you base your original catch phrase on this question?

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