George (Tommy) Jones
English Language Arts, Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Questionnaire
Upper Primary, Middle School
  • Author's Point of View
  • Graph
  • Graph Analysis
  • Writer's Workshop
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Media Formats:

    Education Standards

    Children's Stories revisited 4

    Children's Stories revisited 4


    The story of “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak  has been around for a while.  It was Supposed to be “Where the Wild Horses Are”, but Mr. Sendak as an author made changes to his story.  This is a good way to show students the process of an author in making decisions when creating a story.

    Authors have to make decisions

    Give them a coloring sheet of a horse to color.   Give them a blank sheet of paper to write on too.

    Have the students talk and make up a horse story as a group.  Each student will say a sentence orally and the next student add to it to create a story. 

    Ask them if they ever thought about how a story changes when each of them added their own thoughts to create it.

    Have them divide into groups and write words or a paragraph with drawings about something they would like to write about.  Now go on an IPAD or computer device and type in this search.

    “10 Fun Facts About Where The Wild Things Are” by Joy Lanzeorfer

    If you have a Smart Board you might prefer to look it up as a class as well.

    Students have you ever read or listened to “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak?

    What is it about?  Did the little boy get in trouble?  What happened to him?

    Do you like horses.  Have you ever ridden a horse? 

    Lets divide into groups and discuss this.  Now go on an IPAD or computer device and type in this search and look at other articles it pulls up on “Where the Wild Horses are?

    “10 Fun Facts About Where The Wild Things Are” by Joy Lanzeorfer

    What an author had in mind allows us to learn more about why they wrote what they did and how we can be inspired to write too.

    Survey of "Where the Wild Things Are"

    Students do you enjoy doing surveys?

    If you do, make a list of questions like the following and with your teacher's guidance survey some other staff members.

    1.  Have you heard of "“ Where The Wild Things Are " by Maurice Sendak?

    2.  Did he write about Wild Horses?

    3.  Did he draw his own pictures to go in his book?

    4. What inspired him to draw “Wild Things”?

    If you make separate surveys and fill out each one on one staff member, then you can tally the results and make a graph of the results to go back and share with those staff members.  It is fun for students to learn and then survey others based on what they have learned.