Message in a Bottle

message in a bottle
Does anyone else buy things because they want to use the packaging it comes in for a lesson? I bought this bottle of cordial (our family doesn't even drink cordial!) because I wanted to use it for a writing prompt. You can also buy similar bottles in discount stores. I just like the idea of reusing items. I usually start the lesson off by telling a story of how I was walking along the beach after a big storm. I describe how there was lots of debris and seaweed washed up on shore. Something caught my eye in one particular pile of seaweed. When I went over to investigate I was surprised to reveal this bottle. I was even more surprised to see that there was a note inside! You can also make the note inside look older by staining it with tea & crumpling it up. After telling my

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50 Word Story Challenge!

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A 50 Word Story is more of a snapshot in time, rather than a full length story. Like the name suggests, it is only made up of 50 words, including the title, and usually has a surprise ending or twist. This task is best suited for middle to upper grades. It hones a student's writing skills & focuses on writing concisely, careful word choice & ruthless editing! I saw this writing exercise in a creative writing for older grades book that I had & then unfortunately lost many, years ago. I'm so sad that I misplaced this book because it had so many great ideas in it! If I could remember the name of it I would list it here as the source. My apologies! Because I lost the book I had to come up with my own examples when I ran a 50 Word Story Competition with a year

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