Today, the 6s created prose-poems out of absolutes.
First, we each started by thinking up some interesting noun phrases:
the pretty bookshelf
the great outdoors
the stuffy room
the delicious slushie
her round cube
an enormous hippo
the incredibly stupid inspector
the pudgy little cuttlefish
the giant parrot
the clever fox
the fluffy llama
the amazing spiderman
Then, we tried to “zoom in” on each noun phrase to find another:
the pretty bookshelf -> books
the great outdoors -> howler monkeys
the stuffy room -> gorgeously painted door
the delicious slushie -> ice
her round cube -> smooth corners
an enormous hippo -> large teeth
the incredibly stupid inspector -> his incredibly stupid mustache
the pudgy little cuttlefish -> slimy tentacles
the giant parrot -> wings
the clever fox -> white-tipped ears
the fluffy llama -> almond-like eyes
the amazing spiderman -> sticky webs
Then, we each expanded the “zoomed in” noun-phrase by attaching an -ing or -ed verb or verb phrase:
books sitting on the shelf
howler monkeys screeching
gorgeously painted door being gawked at
smooth corners rolling on their faces
large teeth crushing the flowers
his incredibly stupid mustache getting caught on a hook
slimy tentacles squishing around
white-tipped ears listening to the silence
almond-like eyes staring at the other llamas
sticky webs failing to stick
We then attached a verb phrase to complete our initial sentences and attached our absolute phrases with commas, creating the following sentences – each of which stands along as an incredibly scene-setting statement:
The pretty bookshelf, books sitting on the shelf, ate cheese.
The great outdoors, howler monkeys screeching, grew cold.
The stuffy room, gorgeously painted door being gawked at, got stuffier.
The delicious slushie, ice melting, disintegrated.
Her round cube, smooth corners rolling on their faces, imploded outward.
An enormous hippo, large teeth crushing the flowers, snoozes in the afternoon sun.
The incredibly stupid inspector, his incredibly stupid mustache getting caught on a hook, blindly flails around.
- Emma B
The pudgy little cuttlefish, slimy tentacles squishing around, takes a nap.
The giant parrot, wings flailing, stumbles down the stairs.
- Emma D.
The clever fox, white-tipped ears listening to the silence, slinks away.
The fluffy llama, almond-like eyes staring at the other llamas, gets a fur-cut.
The amazing spiderman, sticky webs failing to stick, got fast food.