Teachers: here's a fun "Do Now" to engage reluctant writers.
around. Almost everything you see is made by people for people. The
objects that populate our world are here because they serve some (real
or imagined) human need. Pick something—anything—and write down its name. full stop.
Next sentence: define and explain your object (give it the ol' 5W's
treatment). See if you can land on some broader connection that you
wouldn't have made were it not for holding forth about your object on
Shoes. Shoes protect your feet. They keep you
comfortable when you have to stand; they soften the blow when you must
run. We wear shoes to keep stuff out. Without shoes, we'd be forced to find the long way around. But with shoes, we can charge right through. With
shoes, we scramble up. Or skip the whole way down.
Some shoes are just for play and some are just
for work. We have
shoes for underwater and shoes that help us fly. Some we wear to pray. And some we wear in war. We tie and buckle and
strap. We slip and slide and pull.
If you want to know who I am, just look at my shoes. In the
classroom, they are black and shiny—a penny in each tongue. On the
weekend, I live in sandals. In the morning, slippers. On a jog,
sneakers. The field, cleats. When I change my shoes, I change my me. And sometimes I wear no shoes at all.