Grade Level: 3-6
As this story unfolds, readers discover that Neila is an alien on her way home from a trip. She stops to find food in a small town and visits a store, library, school, restaurant, gas station, and bank. Everywhere she goes, Neila's confusion and odd behavior cause chaos.
Narrator, Store Clerk, Neila, Librarian, Little Boy, Mother, Principal, Cafeteria Worker, Sammy, Attendant, Bank Teller
present day, small town
It's fun to experiment with made-up languages. Invite students to pair up or work in small groups to develop a list of ten new words and definitions for those words. Encourage students to consider what nouns, verbs, and so on, they feel are most important to basic communication, how the words will go together to convey meaning, and how they can remember their new "language." Will the new words resemble their English equivalents or follow a pattern, or will they require memorization? Discuss the new "languages" and invite students to share a few of their favorite new words.
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Article by Cara Bafile
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