1. Purchase the book or portfolio and get inspired! Encourage children to use the captions as the first line of their story. Use the captions as the last line of the story. Display the stories with the drawings.
2. Compare your student's stories with the Chronicles. What aspects were similar? Different?
3. Visit http://www.hmhbooks.com/features/harrisburdick/index.html and submit your student's stories. Apparently, the New Yorker started a writing contest! I'm not sure if it is still going, but they are still encouraging you to submit your stories! Who knows? You may have a winner! Also, get tips from author Chris Van Alsburg himself.