Today's assignment for Teachers Write was to read this horrible story about a lady finding her neighbor's King Cobra behind her dryer. Oh my... While reading, we were to come up with characters involved in this story and how their perspectives may differ.
1. My perspective: I was born in Orlando and am heading there in 24 days. First huge spiders, water bugs, gators, now cobras to watch out for.
2. The lady that found it: How awful! I'd have to sell the house. How could you ever sleep again?
3. The guy that lost it: Hooray! Except for being in court for waiting too long to report it missing
4. The animal control guy: Just another day at the office
5. The kids at the nearby elementary school who didn't get outside recess while the snake was missing: Might have liked it. Indoor recess can be chaotic, which is probably fun for kiddos.
Next, we were to brainstorm the documents these people may use for this story. I text and post on Facebook, Instagram and my blog. The lady that found it AND the guy who lost it were probably on the news and written about in the newspaper. The animal control guy probably wrote a lengthy report for his own work and all the lawyers. The school kiddos may have written in their journals during my favorite time of the school day- Writer's Workshop!
Teachers Write is such a great way to get back in the swing of writing for and with my first-graders. This snake story is an excellent way to practice Point of View, it's not always easy to come up with a topic.