Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you know that Boston was the first American city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  Legend says St. Patrick was born in 387 and was captured at age sixteen by pirates!  He escaped at twenty-two to become a priest. 

The shamrock, the plant of Ireland, has three green leaves on a stem.  If you find one with four leaves, you’re supposed to have good luck.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, near Cork, Ireland, and you’ll receive the skill of flattery and persuasion.  (You’ll become a politician??)

Writing Prompts:

1.  You’ve just met a leprechaun.  He’s granted you three wishes.  What happens next?  What complicates the story?  Feel free to use humor in creating a well-rounded character for this leprechaun. 

2.   Choose a title for this next story: 

The Mystery of the Missing Leprechaun

The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

The Day I Went to School and Discovered a Magical Shamrock

3.  Write a St. Patrick’s Day limerick.  The humorous poem has five lines, in which the first two lines and the last rhyme, and the third and fourth rhyme.  (rhyme scheme: aabba)  The third and fourth lines are shorter than the others. 

4.  Create a diary entry for a leprechaun.

5.  Write a personal narrative about the luckiest thing that has ever happened to you.  What about the unluckiest?  (What did you learn from both of these experiences?)

6.  Read about Ireland.   Use your writing and art to create a travel brochure promoting a trip to Ireland!

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