These wicked University of Delaware undergraduate students just wanted to learn how to teach kids to read and write. Each Monday and Wednesday they come to class, hoping to learn something that will help them when they become teachers. Little did they know they would have to work with misunderstood fifth and sixth graders and read a horrifying book like Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning. Moreover, their appalling professor, Dr. Karchmer, assigns them so much work like participating in literature circles to discuss the book’s content, posting their thoughts on discussion boards, conducting comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency lessons, and worst of all, developing writing ideas for those misunderstood elementary students to complete! Hopefully these wicked teacher education students won’t learn a thing from this experience! Take a look below to judge for yourself.
Dr. Karchmer's students came up with these writing activities for the 5th and 6th grade Comsewogue students. The idea is for students to choose activities that interest them and work with partners. It should be interesting to see which activities they chose.
· Describe when the Baudelaire children were locked in the tower.
· Describe a night in Count Olaf’s house.
· Describe the scene when the Baudelaire children are cooking the meal for Olaf and his friends.
· Describe what it is like as one of the Baudelaire children the first time you set foot in Count Olaf’s house.
· The opening scene on the beach before the children heard the horrible news about their parents.
· Describe Sunny’s thoughts as she is trapped in the cage.
1. Create a postcard from the Baudelaire children to their friends describing what their life is like.
The children receive a RANSOM note from Count
Olaf about the capture of Sunny. Create the ransom note with
2. Make a collage of Violet’s ideas to rescue her sister.
3. Create a slideshow of the important parts of the story using clipart.
4. Dress-up and stage a scene from the book. Take a digital picture of that scene.
5. Pretend that you are the Baudelaire children and make a poster that you would hang up around town in hopes of finding new parents to live with.
6. If you were to redesign the cover of the book what would it look like?
7. Create a timeline in Kidpix or using some other technology about the important events in the story or all of the bad things that happened to the children.
8. Choose one of the eyes mentioned in the story and illustrate it the way you have imagined it.
9. Using Kidpix, select a room or portion of the house and illustrate it.
10. Create a “Wanted Poster” for Count Olaf since he disappeared from the play. Include a reward, description of his crime, and what he looks like.
11. Imagine you are one of the Baudelaire children and make a poster that you would hang up around town in hopes of finding new parents to live with.
12. Draw an illustration of Sunny to be attached to a milk carton. Include a short written description of her characteristics and encourage people to help find her.