You can tell a lot about a person by examining what they buy at the store. Receipts are a great source of writing inspiration. Examining items purchased and imagining the person’s back story can spark ideas for characters and stories.  This is how we started our day at I.C.E. camp today.  We looked through a collection of receipts and became investigators.  We asked questions and made inferences and slowly, our characters came to life.  We wrote short monologues to give voice to the characters we fashioned from our imaginations.  We added depth by infusing our characters with emotions, hopes, and wishes.  Finally, we introduced our characters to our audience by reading our monologues in the Author’s Chair.

Whew! Let me tell you, today was a busy day! So…would you like a receipt?

Building upon today’s learning and writing, tomorrow we will engage our senses and dabble in a bit of poetry.  Be on the lookout for sensational sensory writing!

Lesson Learned: “You can never be done with a story.  It is always a work in progress.” ~ David

Quote of the Day: “Don’t just tell about your story; describe it.” ~said by Jeff, submitted by Neha

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