If you haven't read it, you absolutely must! It is the story of a boy named Duncan who opens his box of crayons to find a stack of letters addressed to him. Each letter has been written by a different crayon, each with a grievance or celebration of some sort. The issues range from being overworked to overlooked to under-dressed! You can find an online reading of it here:
Well, my students are hooked. They have asked me repeatedly to re-read it (especially the letter from Peach Crayon, but I'm not giving anything away!) and I've obliged of course! Naturally, I'm jumping all over their enthusiasm and working this into my language lessons.
We've spent time on letter writing, point of view/perspective, and the writing trait "voice" in some of our writing lessons lately. The kids were asked to think about their own crayon box and choose a crayon color. Their job was to think about that crayon in the context of their own box, consider what it was typically used for, how it would feel, and what it would want from its owner. Next, we shifted our perspectives, wrote letters as the crayons, and created a book-inspired picture to accompany each writing piece.
Here are a couple of early examples of what my students created:
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