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Language Arts Lesson # 2

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Pretend that you are the student described in the introduction to The Stowaway Adventure. Since you have your laptop computer, you decide to keep up with your studies by sharpening your language skills. 


1. You can't wait to tell your best friend about your adventure.  Luckily, with your laptop , you can send him or her an Electronic Postcard .  Limit your message to 100 words.

2. The introduction to The Stowaway Adventure mentions that you and your brother had a big fight that precipitated your running away. Write a journal entry that tells your side of the story. What was the fight about? Why were you justified in leaving? Use details to support your position.

3. Put yourself in your brother's place. Write the story from their point of view. Then read this entry and the one you wrote in suggestion #2 to a classmate.  Which account did he or she find to be more believable?

4. You forgot to pack a book, but you can read online whenever you want. Take a look at the story of Robinson Crusoe , one of the world's most popular adventure novels. This story is based on the real life adventures of Alexander Selkirk, who ran off to sea when he was nineteen years old.    (If you're on board long enough, you'll have time to read and send a review of your book to The Spaghetti Book Club.)

  •  Make a list of books that you'd like to read when you get back to civilization and have access to a library. 
    If you had remembered to take one book with you, what would it have been? Why would you have chosen that particular book? As a homework assignment, ask three adults these same questions and record their answers in your journal.  Share your responses in small groups. Were any of the choices and reasons the same? What qualities did these books share?