Suggested Activities for The Mysterious Journey of Edward Tulane,by Kate DiCamillo (2006)
2. Creative Writing
a) Students can be asked to write stories about what might happen to their own dolls/animals/prized objects.
b) Or they might be asked to write such a story – or episode – about any imagined object – from a molecule of oxygen or a water droplet to a baseball passed down thru the generations. Obviously – let students choose.
c) Ask students to pick one of the characters who (temporarily) adopt Edward – the fisherman and his wife; the hobo and his dog; the boy, Bryce – and think about their lives after they lose Edward. Ask them to try to imagine what animal or doll or sentimental object each of them adopt next – and write a story about one of them.
4. Edward Tulane Songs
– The Mysterious Journey of Edward Tulane is such a melancholy book – but w/ such emotional payoff and value. I’d encourage students to tap into this emotion by asking them to write short songs about various moments in Edward’s experience. Suggest to students that they confine themselves to one moment at a time. (As opposed to trying to narrate Edward’s whole experience.) Ask them to pick a moment (e.g. his time as a scarecrow; or what it felt like to sink to the bottom of the sea) and mine it for emotion. E.g. What was Edward feeling when he was stuck on a shelf for years? Perhaps even some of the songs could be put to harmonica and read or shared or even sung at some end of book assembly.