Friday, February 22, 2008
10:31 – 11:00, 1:59p-2:02
In honor of reading Star girl with my two students, I asked them to do a writing assignment where they had to think of another name that they would go by (just like Stargirl changed her name) and tell me what it is and why. Every time I meet with the girls we do a 15 minute writing assignment during class and this was yesterday’s assignment.
My general rule with “my girls” (that’s what I call them) is that whatever assignment that I give them I require of myself so here goes:
My name would be changed to Moonlight.
I pick moon light because it deals with nature and I want to be more in tune with nature.
Moonlight reflects the brightness of the sun and I want to be a person that reflects the brightness of “The Son.” and Moonlight shines in the dark, which is what I would like to be – lightness in the dark.
So, as much as I don’t think that I am a writer, I have been creating short stories for my writing class about my past family members (grandparents, mainly). I have been writing them for a child’s audience so that I can read them to my daughter so that her ancesters/family members can be real to her. Well, I read these stories to my daughter and she really loves them. So, even though I don’t consider myself a writer – she does. It completely baffled me and made me smile.
There was a quote once that said something to the effect that children never think that their mother’s singing is bad. Well, I would extend that to say that they never think their parent’s writing skills are bad if their parents truly make an effort to make up stories.
My daughter asked me to make up a story for her about a princess and a prince.
Today that is what I am going to do for the rest of my time. . .
Once upon a time there were two little amazing princesses that so grand and so wonderful that no other princess have ever become close to compare. Princess Paige and Princess Noelle were the light of the Kingdom and a joy to all its people. Princess Paige of Bernardia had dark sandy colored hair that bobbed gaily to her shoulders as she skipped amongst the flowers in the gardens.
Princess Noelle of Faulkland, with her silky fine she glided wherever she went, almost dancing as if she walked.
Both girls were smarter than the average princess,
Wise, knowledgable, funny Paige
Quick witted, smart, Noelle
These two beautiful princesses were part of the Kyle court in the vast land of Bramptonion during the days of the rein of Queen Donna the First and King Bruce III.
Princess Paige had a mischievous little brother, Prince Bruce IV. Prince Bruce constantly got into things, especially things that were cherished by Princess Paige.
Tell about a special butterfly that comes to visit the three while they dine on their morning breakfast on the patio overlooking the well-kept gardens below. They created a nickname for the butterfly – Flitter.
Prince Bruce was always quite curious to know where the butterfly lived. His tutor had been teaching him about butterflies and Prince Bruce was mezmorized with Flitter, the butterfly.
Once morning Flitter was visiting with the Prince and Princesses while they nibbled their morning meal. The two princesses finished their meal and then headed for the greenhouse to see if Kate the Gardener would be able to show them any new flowers about to bloom. Prince Bruce instead, began to slowly follow the butterfly wherever he flew. Prince Bruce skipped along, stopping where the butterfly stopped and running when the butterfly soared. Finally after some time, Prince Bruce became lost. The well manicured garden gave way to less maintained lawns, then became fields of wildflowers and other natural plants. Soon Prince Bruce was lost and didn’t know where he was.
He began to be quite lonely and tired so he curled up on a bed of clover and took a nap in the warm sunshine while a gentle breeze sung sweetly in his ear.