We had been reading "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Mo Willems this week. My students love this story. I gave them an art lesson provided by Mo on how to draw his pigeon (http://www.pigeonpresents.com/activities/pigeon_draw01.pdf) . They then wrote a sentence to respond to something in the story. This was our first writing sample this year. At the end of this school year we will create an end of the year writing sample and they students will get to reflect on how their writing improved. I think the pigeons are adorable! That was a wonderful exercise in following directions. They did very well with this task.