Iraq “Camel Spider”

These “spiders” were encountered in Iraq. They are aggressive if cornered and, while they have no venom, their bite can cause severe pain. They are mainly nocturnal and avoid direct sunlight, sometimes taking shade under a camel. My experiences with things I am afraid of (not necessarily animals). Tell the …

Messy Room

The picture doesn’t match the poem, but it could be inspiring when students are writing their own Messy Room Extreme Writing. Whosever room this is should be ashamed! His underwear is hanging on the lamp. His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair, And the chair is becoming quite mucky …

Diego Rivera, The Flower Carrier

Diego Rivera is one of the most famous artists of Mexico. His paintings reflect the efforts of the working class. He was regularly commissioned to create sweeping wall murals celebrating Mexico. His wife, Frida Kahlo, is also one of the most famous artists of Mexico. Stories about times when you …

Stepped in Happiness

Gross things that have happened to me – stepping in something, being sick, having something spill on me, etc. (Could be a day of gross things, one after the other.) Best day of my life – unexpected happy things that have happened to me. How to train a cat – …

The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes

Ying Yan Compestine’s book is a variation of the traditional Emperor’s New clothes.  Emperor Ming Da is only 9 but he knows his ministers are corrupt.  To obtain the money to help his people he convinces his ministers that what seems to be burlap bags, is really magic New Year’s …