Happy Mother’s Day to you. You are so special and are doing such important work!
To honor you this week, I’m making available to you a free lesson from our grammar eBook Let’s Eat Fifi. There are 23 lessons in the eBook, and this is lesson 19; it’s on indefinite pronouns. You can download it here. For free!
In addition to the free download, I’ve included some mother-related writing prompts for your students. These are appropriate for grades 5 – 12.
Can you order a grandmother?
In Ray Bradbury’s science-fiction short story “I Sing the Body Electric,” a family loses a mother and desires to fill their needs with a grandmother, so they have one built for them. They are able to order the qualities they want her to have.
If you were to order a grandmother robot, what would you program her to look like? What would she do? What qualities would she have (what would her personality be like)? What would she enjoy doing? Write down your ideas or write a short story of your own about ordering a robot “person.”
Thank her—but how?
To celebrate your mother, you are going to thank her for something she’s done for you, cooked for you, or for something that you like about her.
BUT—you cannot speak.
You must find another way to communicate to her just how thankful you are.
What method will you use? What will you thank her for? Write your ideas.
You can do this prompt even if you do not have a mother. For “mother,” substitute “grandmother,” “foster mother,” or other person that takes care of you.
Would you like a free lesson on gender-neutral language? Follow this link.
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