Author in You - Chris Rumble Classroom Activities









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Activities for Chris Rumble Interview

In Chris’s interview, he talks about his writing process. When he writes he develops his character and then writes from the characters point of view.


Activities #1 & #2
AKS:
(2LA_D2005-45) write stories with a setting, characters, and a beginning, middle, and end
(3LA_D2005-47) incorporate story elements, including setting, characters and problem and solution in writing
(4LA_D2005-33) write ideas in story form with attention to beginning, sequence, main ideas, and supporting details
(5LA_D005-36) write ideas in story form with attention to sequence, main ideas, supporting details, characters, point of view, conflict and closing/clincher sentence
Have the children use Chris’s writing process to do the following activities.
1. Develop two characters that are not similar by making a list of their characteristics, physical
appearance, etc.
2. Take one problem and write two stories, one story from each character’s point of view.
3. Read and compare the likes and differences in the two stories with the same problem.
4. Now take both characters and put them in the same story with the problem used in the previous stories. Rewrite the story. The children can use one of the character’s previous points of view, combine the two, or create a completely new story.
5. Read that story. Compare the changes.

Activity #3
AKS:
(3LA_D2005-38) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization and personal expression
(4LA_D2005-35) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization and style, to match purposes with audience
(5LA_D2005-39) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization and style, to match purposes with audience
In the Uncle Stinky books, Chris has created new descriptive words.
1. After completing a story, have the children reread the story. Highlight nouns and verbs that could use a descriptor.
2. Let the children create words that will better describe the story and make it more interesting.

Activity#4
AKS:
(2LA_D2003-48) use available technology to assist in writing
(3LA_D2003-55) use available technology to assist in writing
(4LA_D2003-42) use available technology to assist in writing
(5LA_D2003-46) use available technology to assist in writing
After the children have written their stories:
1. Have the students use the Student Writing Center or another desktop publishing program to publish the final story.
2. Have the children use Microsoft Word to write and edit their story.
Websites
Chris Rumble’s Website
http://chrisrumble.com/