This lesson is based off of The Fruit Bowl Project by Sarah Durkee. There is an excerpt from this novel in the Houghton Mifflin textbook I use in my 6th grade classroom. The novel is a collection of short stories created by the students in this make believe classroom. Each story was written in a different style including, exaggeration, newspaper and haiku. I had my students follow the same rules that the students in the story did to create their own "fruit bowl". This is included us discussing 8 different items that must be included in each student's writing. Some of ours were; a student tripping, birds flying through a classroom, a football and a pickle. Next, each student chose the style that they wished to tell their story and then wrote their own story making sure to include each item somewhere. This was a great way to help the students understand and relate to the text because they were abele to participate in it.