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Postcards from White uses the imagination of E.B. White and his stories of adventure to allow students to go on their own adventure of creative thinking. This book uses thinking skills to challenge high ability learners and also allows for differentiation so that all students in a class may participate. The activities include Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive Development, Williams’ Taxonomy of Creative Thought, SCAMPER, Creative Problem Solving, and Synectics.
Each week, E.B. White “communicates” with the class through postcards. Each postcard gives information about the particular story the students read. Students engage in creative thought as they read the stories and complete activities.
Each story uses an original teaching strategy to present the activities to the students. For example, students take a piece of a web when deciding on an activity for Charlotte’s Web. For Stuart Little, students choose an adventure card to determine which adventure they will go on. Finally, for The Trumpet of the Swan, students pick music notes to discover which activities they will complete.