A Writing Exercise
Recently, I visited an elementary school in Brevig Mission, Alaska, a small community of 200 Iņuit Eskimo about 75 miles west of Nome. I told the students most of my stories begin with a single, simple idea. For Go Home, River, the idea was "Where the river begins..." The final story was much more, but that idea inspired the book. A good idea gets a story rolling. A really good idea will almost write the story by itself.
To give the students in Brevig Mission a sense of the power of ideas, I posed the question,
The Brevig Mission students and I worked together to write a multitude of answers to the raindrop question. Their teacher, Annie Olanna Conger, compiled their answers in a book, and sent the book to me. Below, I share their answers with you.
The raindrop fell on my nose and fell on my house. They fell together on the ground. It made a mud.
A raindrop fell on my nose. Then it fell on my feet and slid into the floor."
A raindrop fell on my nose. Then it fell on my toe and my feet got wet and then I took a bath and I have lots of raindrops on my body.
A raindrop fell on my nose. Then it fell on the floor and into the tub. It goes on the head.
A raindrop fell on my nose. Then it went on my floor. A raindrop fell on my house. A raindrop fell on my lips. A raindrop fell on the ground. A raindrop fell on my pants. Everything get wet!
When it's raining, I went and played out. The raindrop fell on my nose. It went to the ground. It went to the puddle. When it stopped raining, the puddle was big.
A raindrop fell on my toe, and it rolled on to the floor and my mom wiped it up. It went in the air and it never came back, but I was not too sure, but you know it came back. Lots of raindrops all over, got me wet.
A raindrop fell on my nose, then it fell on my pants and I went home and changed my pants. I told my mom and my mom said, "A raindrop fell on your pants."
A raindrop fell on my nose. Then it would fall on my toe. My toe was wet. Then I go get a towel to wipe it up. It evaporated. It formed to be a cloud. It fell on my nose again. Then it fell on my tummy. My tummy got wet. Then I wiped it with paper towel.
The raindrop fell on my nose, then I get my hose and I take it off with my hose. It drop on my toe. then I let my toe get wet.
Alberta J. Olanna
A raindrop fell on my nose. Then it fell on my toe and my toe got wet. It dried up. It went on my hand and I let it dried again.
A raindrop fell on my nose. Then it fell on my toes. My toes got wet. I went home and told my mom. She said a raindrop made your toes wet. I wiped my toes and I went back to play out and lots of raindrops fell on my head. I went home and told my mom. She said lots of raindrops made your head wet. I said, "yes."
A raindrop fell on my nose. Then it fell into a puddle. Then the puddle got bigger and bigger. Then the water dried up. Then it went into the mud. The mud was getting wishy washy. Then the vapor formed into a cloud.
A raindrop fell on my nose. Then it dropped in a crack. Then it went into a puddle of raindrops. Then it evaporated. A raindrop fell on my hair.
From Alaska Northwest Books
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