"Our Town" by Thornton Wilder has been my favorite play for a long time. Every year at the end of the unit, I have the students turn in a creative writing based on the final scene of the play.
Emily, the main character, died and has been given a chance to go back to earth for a moment. Her return doesn't last long. Before she goes back to her grave, she wants one last look.
"Take me back -- up the hill -- to my grave. But first: Wait! One more look. Good-bye, Good-bye world. Good-bye, Grover's Corners....Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking....and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths....and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you."
I can't argue with Emily. There are a lot of wonderful little things that we take for granted. I point out that what she is saying farewell to are not the expensive luxuries of life. It's the little things that she is going to miss.
Create a list of simple things that you love and take for granted; things that don't cost much money. You are limited to 150 words, which is why listing allows you to include a few more things. Give your list an appropriate title. (I'll see if you can match the sophomores on this one. They have given me some great titles through the years!)
That's it. You can post the assignment on your blog until Sunday, October 25th. Link it back to Easy Street. Then use Mr. Linky at the end of this blog, to post a link that others and your "teacher" can follow to your "assignment."
I will choose the winning entry and post the winner on my Halloween blog.