People write checks all the time. If spread out and looked at closely, they can tell a complete story of what people do, where people go and even what people like. If you don't believe that checks can tell a story, study the famous example by Wurther Crue in 1932, Ordeal by Cheque.
In this lesson, students will create imaginary checks in order to create a storyline of what they did during a favorite vacation. First, show this "check out my vacation" example from this activity's creator, Kathy McCormick. As a class, talk about where the checks say that Mrs. McCormick went – how she got there – what her family did – what things they purchased before and during their trip.
Next, have the students think about a personal vacation by listing all the things they remembered doing on the “luggage” graphic organizer; this may take some thought and some modeling and scaffolding. Have them list everything sequentially if they can; otherwise, they can number each detail in the order it happened.
Finally, write the checks to form the story, using our blank check forms. Have students share their "check out my vacation" stories with partners, letting their partners verbally interpret the checks into the writer's actual story.