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Monster Swap

Elementary students create monsters no one has ever seen before. After students draw their monsters, they write descriptive paragraphs about their creations. The descriptive paragraphs are swapped with a partner class through e-mail, and cyber pals try to duplicate the monsters, basing their interpretations on the written descriptions. Resulting illustrations are scanned and swapped, and kids get to see how powerful language can be. Along the way, students learn descriptive writing skills and find common ground in the universal appeal of ugly monsters.

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