Students will reimagine classic fairytales and children's books with these writing prompts based on the made-up wishes of main characters.
Cinderella's Dream Ride
First, read James Marshall's Cinderella, retold by Barbara Karlin.
We all know Cinderella goes to the ball in a carriage. But what if she had something else in mind? Invite the students to imagine that Cinderella wishes for an alternative mode of transportation to get to the ball. Have students illustrate the new vehicle and write a few sentences describing it.
A Wonderful, Exciting Day
First, read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.
Alexander wishes he was having a better day. Have students create a list of activities he could do to create a good day. For instance, maybe Alexander's perfect day would include chocolate chip pancakes, time to read, or a baseball game.
Goldilocks and the Three Penguins
First, read Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Emma Chichester Clark.
Goldilocks wishes she could visit someone other than the bears. Discuss other animals and their habitats. Next, have the students write a story where Goldilocks visits another family. Encourage them to think about how things would be different if Goldilocks visited, for example, the Three Penguins.
New Ending for the Wolf
First, read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka.
Instead of ending up in a pot of boiling water, the Big Bad Wolf wishes for a new ending. Ask the students to rewrite the ending in favor of the Wolf or to retell the story from the Wolf's or another character's point of view. Have students illustrate their stories and publish them in a class newspaper.
A Wacky Buffet
First, read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
After eating green eggs and ham, Sam's friend wishes he had something new to try. As a class, discuss some unusual foods from around the world, for example, sea slugs (Korea) or fried spiders (Thailand). Next, have students write their own version of Green Eggs and Ham, substituting a new dish.
Wishing for Teacher
First, read Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall.
Miss Nelson's students wish they had a new teacher. Have students brainstorm what qualities make a great teacher. Ask them to write a newspaper want ad seeking a new teacher. Explain that an applicant would want to know what kind of class he or she was coming into.