Written by the great kids at Newton Middle School.
This project was a little different than the other exercises I've done before. For this story, I cut out pictures of all the main elements of the Wizard of Oz story (girl. with. dog. good witch. mean witch, red shoes, etc.) and placed them into a hat. The kids took turns taking slips out o the hat and coming up with a group story.
The following is the story that resulted. I did not tell them until afterward that they were re-writing a modern classic!
Once there was a Laughing Lion, and he was best friends with a little lost puppy who had no home. A good witch came and rescued the dog and gave him a home in the Enchanted Kingdom. In the Kingdom was a magic cyclone that protected everyone. Near the kingdom was the Justin Bieber Forest. Justin Bieber was trapped in the forest, and Peter was the only one who could help him. So Peter called the fire station, where there was a scarecrow. Before help could come, the Wicked Witch swooped down on her broom and a mean girl came by in her car. The Witch got into her car. but then a Wizard came by and said "I have magic spells you know!" and he turned the witches' broom into a red shoe which fell to the ground. Then he turned the shoe into a tin man who sent the witch and the mean girl away, and they all lived...
HAPPILY EVER AFTER!