1. List (on sticky notes or simply a piece of paper) character traits of North Dakota. Think of both positive and negative traits. Try to come up with at least three character traits.
Inspired by the game Taboo, this writing activity is meant to encourage your students to focus on academic language, descriptive terms, and vocabulary terms.
1. Make a list of words that come to mind when you think of North Dakota.
2. Circle the words that have a story attached to them.
Challenge your students or your community to write stories that are inspired from an exit off an interstate or highway.
Write a letter to ND, explaining what you like or don’t like about it.
Try talking to North Dakota as if it were a character and not a place.
Using a 1000 Word photos:
1. Describe the scene
2. Tell a story where the photo scene is the setting
Use a picture of your own.
Describe the day or event in as many details as possible.
Pick a picture from 1000 Words.
Create a list of memories that image evokes.
Write about one of those memories.
Watch the Youtube "North Dakota Bois" video and write own parody of Katy Perry's song "California Gurls."
Have students write about how they know they are from North Dakota. This writing can take form in a poem like shown below or in narrative form.
I know I am North Dakotan because…
Write a sense poem. Start by thinking of where or what your poem will be about. Mine is about swimming in the Missouri River. Each line should represent a different sense: I see..., I touch..., I hear..., I smell..., I feel.... The last line ends with I am...
Create a ND Dictionary.
You know – phrase usually added to the end of opinons that contain information the speaker wants to have verified.
Example – I really like it when it rains, you know.
Warning – At no time should you actually answer the ‘you know’ portion. It is not a question. It is assumed that you know.
Interview your parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) to see what it was like to grow up in North Dakota and then compare and contrast it with your own experience.
Bonus – Interview a great grandparent.
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