Kind of Activity:
To understand how nostalgia and point of view can affect a story.
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 ; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5
Each student should write about his or her own odyssey--a journey he or she took or is currently on. Instruct them to write the story with themselves as hero, to embellish as needed and to skew every incident to make it clear that they themselves saved the day.
After they have had some time to write, have students present their stories to the class, and discuss what actually happened and how they embellished or changed the events to give the story the angle they...
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