Shonda's Playhouse
by Lashonda McElhaney


    Once upon a time there were two little twin girls name Asia and Ariel. Asia and Ariel were five year old Pre-K students who love to play outside. Early one morning Asia went to her mom and told her she wanted to be outside all the time to enjoy the sun, the birds, the dogs, the cats and the sweet smell of the flowers. The twins had a great idea to build a doll house outside for them to enjoy.
    On a bright sunny morning the girls escorted their mom outside to the very spot they wanted to build their house. It was right next to the big oak tree that had all the pretty flowers around it. They felt this was the perfect place to call home.
   The job of building the house was on the way. Everyone in the neighborhood pitched in to build the big colorful playhouse. The outside of the playhouse was a bright pretty pink. The inside of the playhouse was very colorful. It had a rainbow of colors. It had a playroom filled with lots of toys. It had a snack area that was filled with lots of snacks. There was also a potty room so no accidents happen while outside in the playhouse.
    The girls invited all their friends over to see their new playhouse and to have a play party. The children ate lots of food and played for hours. All of a sudden one of the kids noticed that the house had no name. At that moment the girls decided to name the playhouse after their mother. That is how Shonda's Playhouse got it's name.

Activity for Lesson Using Critical Thinking

After sharing your creative writing story with your students, have your students use their critical thinking skills to answer the following questions to write or dictate their story. After writing their stories, have the students draw a picture using the Paint program to illustrate their story.

Critical thinking questions to ask students that would change the story to your story.
1. How would you change the main character or characters? (Introduction)
2. Where would your story take place? (Setting)
3. What changes would you make to the playhouse in your story? (Plot)
4. How would your story end? (Ending)

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