The Cricket in Times Square Extension Activities
- Grades: 3–5
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WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
Take the part of Chester Cricket and write a short autobiography that will accompany a job resume. Describe yourself, where you have lived, your talents and interests, and what your goals are. Make yourself sound interesting to a prospective employer.
George Selden's The Cricket in Times Square is a classic animal fantasy. Talk about the qualities that the animal characters in the story have. How are they different from real animals? Then list other animal fantasies and discuss how the characters are similar to or different from those in The Cricket in Times Square. Record your ideas on a concept web.
Write an Autobiographical Sketch
Before students begin to write, have them think about how to persuade someone that they are the best candidate for a job. Have them ask themselves: How am I different from the other candidates for this job? If I were hiring an employee, what would I look for?
Students may discuss the fact that the characters speak in a conversational style, just like people, and that they care for one another in a way that is very human. They might compare the story to E.B. White's Charlotte's Web and The Trumpet of the Swan, Dick King-Smith's Babe: The Gallant Pig, and Kenneth Graham's The Wind in the Willows.