Thursday, September 6, 2012

What Did You Call Me?

A character’s name can tell readers a lot about him or her and about the story itself.  For example:

 Princess Aurora and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty - Which one is evil? How can you tell?

Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians – Sounds like cruel devil.

Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas – A cross between a jack-o-lantern and a skeleton.

Guy Smiley from Sesame Street – He reminds us of the guys on TV who always try to sell us something.

Storee Wryter and Critique from Storee Wryter Gets a Dog.  Can you guess why Storee named her cat Critique?

Choose any of the names listed below and write a story featuring that character.  

Boys:  Marshall, Wilbur, Max, Vladimir, Chopper

Girls: Holly, Vixen, Gertie, Elizabeth Ann, Priscilla

??:  Jet, Kai, Paris, Rain, Scout

 Here’s one more great character name from films:

 Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story – a light-year is the distance that light can travel in one year. Light moves at a velocity of about 300,000 kilometers (km) each second. So in one year, it can travel about 10 trillion km. More precisely, one light-year is equal to 9,500,000,000,000     kilometers.  

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