I got this great idea from Mrs. Lemons...LOVE her!!
I read these two Amber Brown books...by the way, my students became ADDICTED to Amber Brown books - YAY!!!
Then, we talked about Amber and Justin's friendship.
I told them to close their eyes and imagine they are playing with THEIR best friend.....who are they with and what are they doing?? PAUSE!!!! (their mind DVD player - push pause on that frame).
Then, we did a 4-square, mapping out our story. The first box was just "Who is it?" Box 2, was two things that tell how they look and two things how they are - silly, funny, smart, trustworthy, etc. Box 3 was what they like to do together. And box 4 was the conclusion - "Everyone should have a best friend like ___." They could of course change the conclusion if they wanted to.
I wrote mine first to demonstrate. I used four different color markers to show that I used each of the four boxes. Click here to get the printables and here to get the rubric.