This is a simple -- and fun -- free write. Make a list or a long sentence that begins "I like ... "
Please write your responses in completion to the starter phrase: "I like ..." Do it in 7 minutes; you can list, write a series of sentences or write a long, seemingly endless sentence.
Think about what you like: to do, to eat, to watch, to play, to ... whatever. The object is to get as many ideas and/or words down as possible.
COMMENT: When you are finished, read someone else's and offer a comment AND a question. Authors: please write your response to the question as a reply to the comment.
From CoryF: I like fishing because it is fun. I usually like to catch sunfish, bass and catfish. I like sunnies because they are the easiest fish to catch; all you need is a worm. I like bass because I get to use little gummy bait things, though sometimes I use minnows. I like to catch catfish the most because you can use the a whole fish. Sometimes I like to be careful and put the fish back in the water to catch another day. I caught a fish once that we had to kill because it swallowed the whole bait; after we cut it open we used the bait again but we didn’t catch anything because it wouldn’t sink; when I tossed it out, a beaver got it. I like fishing because we laugh a lot and it’s a think I can do with my Dad and my friends.
In this variant, students imagined they were a character in a book and then imagined what they'd like. This one was written by a boy reading Old Yeller who imagined he was living in East Texas after the Civil War:
I like that you can dip your cup in the river water and drink it.
I like that it's so quiet you can hear yourself think.
I like that there's no fences.
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