Use Mysteries of Harris Burdick for Prompt Writing

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Use Mysteries of Harris Burdick for Prompt Writing

Posted on December 16, 2010

Use Mysteries of Harris Burdick for Prompt Writing

Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

One of the best books for prompt writing is entitled The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. The book consists of fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, allowing readers to make up their own stories to complement the pictures. It's written by the award-winning author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, also known for The Polar Express.

(The Mysteries of Harris Burdick also comes in a portfolio edition with an enlarged, loose sheet for each picture, as well as a newly discovered 15th drawing!)

This is a fabulous book for great writing prompts for creative writing.

GREAT TEACHER COMMENTS
Erica shared:

I have used this story [Harris Burdick] many times in the past 12 years! There is a set of poster size pictures of the different prompts that is available. I find that this is helpful when using it whole class. I line the posters up on the chalk tray and the students are then free to come and look closer at the one that strikes their fancy! ;0)

Fort Wayne Community Schools
2010/03/24 at 1:52 PM