In the awesome book, The Bad Seed, the characters are the bad seed, his family, seed citizens, and a giant human. The setting is a beautiful sunflower field and a city. The story starts with a happy seed family. They all get along great and love life until fall comes and the flower wilts. They get raked up into sunflower packages and sold to hungry humans at baseball games. The bad seed ends up alone and lonely and decides he might as well just not care about anyone else--the problem! Until he decides he doesn't like being alone and makes a conscious decision to become a better seed--the solution!
First grade is hard work and we were feeling kind of stuck in a writing rut. Maybe you know of the feeling as "writer's block." Anyway, we decided as a class that we needed some time to write fiction stories and take a walk on our creative sides. We read a few fiction stories and compared the plot lines. We noticed they all have great characters, interesting settings, lots of stuff that happens, a problem that needs to be solved, and eventually a solution.
We used this cool ice cream sundae to start mapping out our ideas with the same story elements. We can't wait to start writing tomorrow! Stay tuned, these are going to be good!