Let's have some fun. Pretend you were holed up in your house all weekend because of a huge blizzard (not so far fetched for some of us) that literally closed your city.
On Monday you awaken...slowly, groggily. Something feels strange. You're not the person who went to bed on Sunday night. Maybe you're not even a person. What are you? Who are you?
Writers, do this exercise without thought. Write quickly and without worrying about grammar or spelling. See what you come up with! Share!
Teachers, use this same exercise with your students. Start out (while you're taking attendance) by saying something like, "I feel like a bear just out of my cave this morning." Explain why you feel that way. Ask your students to raise their hands to tell you what they feel like.
If you have older students, have them write a QUICK paragraph about who or what they are and how they feel.
If you have younger students, have them draw a picture of who or what they are, after they communicate their reasons.
Parents, you can do this same exercise at home. YOU go first. Who or what have you become? Explain theatrically. Writing flourishes in an environment where creativity is embraced.