Saturday, October 19, 2013

If I Were the Dark

I came across this great book quite by accident (don't you love it when that happens). It looked good enough to break my self-imposed Amazon probation and go ahead and purchase it. I'm a big fan of Jon Klassen who illustrates here. The story is basically personifying "The Dark". How it hides when light comes, etc. I think it's a very creative idea for a story!

So I asked  my students to write from the perspective of "The Dark"--how does it feel, etc.

My favorite one: I will be scared of myself. :)

...sad because who would play with me.

...sad because everyone would be afraid of me.

I would make people go to sleep and a nap.

I will go to someone's room when the lights are off.

...feel sad because everyone is afraid of me and no one would play with me.

I would wonder what it would feel to be in the sun all day.:)

It is just boring because every day I am trapped in a door behind it

I would feel good because the boy likes me (from the story).

I will feel lonely because I don't have any friends, only 1 star.

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  1. I love this book too! I pair it with Robert Munsch's The Dark.

    Did you finish Charlotte's Web? I can't stop crying when Charlotte dies. No matter how much I read it. That line "No one was with her when she died." and then "It is not often someone comes along that's a true friend and good writer. Charlotte was both." Kills me every single time.


    1. I will have to look for that Munsch book-I'm not familiar with that one.

      We did say good-bye to Charlotte. :( I love that last line too-that has to be one of the best last lines in history! :) The kids were so concerned about Wilbur being saved, they said they didn't think Charlotte would die. But she did leave her babies! It was the first read-aloud I've done with them that they really got into, so I'm glad I chose that one.

  2. I saw this at B&N today and --shh!-- decided to grab it on Amazon (I bought "Room On The Broom" at B&N, with the plush witch to match! MUST keep our bookstores open!!) Thank you for sharing your students' writing. I really hope we can meet someday!

    1. I love Room on the Broom! I love Barnes and Noble too, but I always end up buying more than I went in for--not like Amazon where I can just save it in my cart while I think about my budget! :)

  3. This is so great! I must also break my self-imposed Amazon probation now! Thanks for the idea!