Why are we going on a field trip?
Morris: All the peoples in the other place we are writing the story with them. So we need to see a grave yard and they do. It’s the place [setting] for our story.
I talked about authors getting inspiration from real places.
I wanted to know see what prior knowledge the children had about grave yards. I was amazed by their wealth of knowledge and how they had processed the information.
Miel: They sometimes have a fence.
Jessica: They can be big.
Kyle:Grave yards don’t have to be in a church. They can be humungous-but in America no fire.Not in mine. It can be rain.
Max: There are candles and pray and blow it and it makes you have more energy. We did it for old grandpa.
Chae Yoon: Korea look like squares.
Hwaji/Mari: You can put a rectangle rock there [tombstone] you put a short stick [incense] and fire-put water on the rock and pray
Kyoka: On the stones they have letters.
Morris: When people die they put them in a box and put them in a big hole.
Sammy: When someone dies they put a rock on top of them. They are in a box and they put a flower on top. You water it, you pray.
Tom: In Japan I saw a banana flower going down the hill outside the grave yard.
Ryan: I just watched the died people were in the movie. They were in the grave yard.
Words the children thought of to describe a grave yard before the visit.
Pray, box,pets,cats, rocks,stones,water,sticks, dogs,trees, fire,birds,small, cerment, flowers, die people, gate, boats, humungous, words, names.
The children took lots of pictures at the grave yard. It has given them inspiration. Kyoka edited the photo’s and picked the music.