Basketball games are going on in the gym, and I'm in my office, cruising the internet, looking for Indiana Jones images I can use for a bulletin board at the Boys & Girls Club.
Reading Quest is an annual literacy contest in which kids participate by reading books and then bringing those books to me so I can make copies of the front covers. The children also must give a brief oral book report about each. This year's theme is Indiana Jones, and the kids have been waiting for January 1 to arrive so they can start the contest.
As I've been perusing various sites, I "imagined up" a possible addition to the contest: Instead of just reading, what if the participants also had a chance to write stories, too? It's so obvious, why didn't we do it all the previous years we've had the program?
So, here's the possible writing theme for Reading Quest 2009: a short piece of fiction about Indiana Jones and the Crusaders' Last Raid of the Temple of the Crystal Skull.
Or Indiana Jones and the Doomed Raiders' Last Crusade on the Crystal Temple of the Lost Ark?
Whaddya think? Too much?