Secret Doorways: designing mysterious portals to other worlds

Today was Day 4 as writer-in-residence at Charlie Lake Elementary in Fort St. John. Today I worked with the Grade 3s on a project to write stories based on the idea of a character discovering a secret doorway.

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The initial part of this project was to work on a brainstorming sheet so that the students could develop some ideas, including some designs for different doorways. I also designed the project so that the young authors have built in problems for their stories—as soon as their character goes through the secret doorway, it collapses or locks behind them, leaving them trapped in a strange new world.

Here are some photos of a few different brainstorming sheets. I love all the doorway designs!

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One more day to go! It’s hard to believe how quickly the week has gone by.

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