Assign this journal task when you have read a story about a character who has some sort of journey. This was always one of my students very favorite journal pages to look back at.
Set the Stage:
What I say when assigning this: "All right, students, a great thing happened yesterday. Mr. Stick got a phone call from Milton Bradley, and they want to feature his likeness in some new board games they have been designing. Today, we're going to be reading about a character, and you will need to create a board game that represents his/her journey in board game fashion.
"Don't hesitate to be creative with your board game design. I hear tell that Milton Bradley is looking to hire someone to be their Mr. Stick illustrator on these new games, so the pictures you include on your game's board should show off some of your best Mr. Stick drawing skills. I expect a minimum of six illustrations on or around your game board.
"Do not spell any character names (or other proper nouns) incorrectly on your game board, even though this is just a rough draft!"
Chris H.--one of my juniors--created this game board, inspired by the adventures of Theseus--one of my favorite characters from myth. If you click on the picture below, you can view it larger so you can print it on an 8.5" x 11" page.
I'm Looking for more Samples:
If you use this Mr. Stick journal task with your students (grades 4-12) and end up with an example that you believe I can feature here, please contact me at email@example.com. I am especially looking for samples on topics other than mythology! If you photograph/scan a journal page that I end up featuring here, I will send you one of the NNWP's Print Publications as my way of saying "Thanks!"