Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Please Write in This Book by Mary Amato

"Hello, Boys and Girls,
You have found this book! I hid it in the Writer's Corner, hoping you would.
During Center Time, you can chose to come to the Writer's Corner and write in this journal. Write about anything you want. Leave it for other students to find and write in, too. I want you to "talk" to one another in these pages." (1)

This is the message that the students of Ms. Wurtz's class finds left for them in a blank notebook hidden in the classroom. What starts off as a fun opportunity turns quickly into a war of the words. Classmates debate whose feet stink the worst, and Luke writes a mean about Lizzy and Yoshi being chased by worms. Accusations fly as classmates hog the book and argue over it's true purpose. When the book goes missing, did Ms. Wurtz take the book away?

*Although the title of Mary Amato's book is Please Write in This Book, those instructions are for the students in the story. We encourage you to find your own book to write in, and not the copy you check out of the library. Thanks! :)


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