Thursday, July 13, 2006

Flat Stanley

In the book, Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown, Stanley is squashed flat by a falling bulletin board.

One of the many advantages is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by travelling in an envelope.

This premise provides a reason for us to keep in touch with each other.

The Flat Stanley Project is a group of teachers who want to provide students with another reason to write. Students' written work goes to other places by conventional mail and e-mail.

Students make paper Flat Stanleys and begin a journal with him for a few days. Then Flat Stanley and the journal are sent to another school or country where the hosts there treat Flat Stanley as a guest and complete the journal.

Flat Stanley and the journal are then returned to the original sender. Students can plot his travels on maps and share the contents of the journal.

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