Bob Boone


Writing Ideas

Give your students this plot summary: "Young teacher overcomes difficult challenges in foreign environment." Then ask them to pretend they're that teacher and to answer these questions:

1) Who are you? What do you teach?
2) How have you been successful?
3) What unusual teaching assignment have you been offered?
4) Why do you take the job?
5) What have you been told about the difficulties?
6) What are your first impressions of the new school?
7) What are some of your early failures?
8) How do you adjust?
9) What are some of your later failures?
10) How do you finally figures things out?

Ask your students to write this as a letter back home. The letter explains why, in spite of the difficulty, they have decided to stay for one more year.

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Read Bob's Previous Writing Ideas Columns:

  • December, 2008
  • September, 2008
  • August, 2008
  • July, 2008
  • June, 2008
  • May, 2008
  • April, 2008
  • March, 2008
  • February, 2008
  • January, 2008
  • December, 2007



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