Do you remember the moment you realized teachers were people and that they just didn’t live at school? This darling story recounts one such experience. I recommend it as a motivation for a writing workshop or for a writing center. The book shows the world through the eyes of the student, who is actually a little scared of meeting his teacher outside of school. It all works out, though, whew!

This post has creative writing prompts and rubrics download – book supplement for comedian Devin Siebold’s book: A Teacher in the Wild. The illustrator is Izzy B. In this story, a boy discovers his teacher does not live at school, and cannot imagine her going to the shopping mall. The book is available on his website and Amazon. A word search puzzle is included. Click on the next link to download your free instant PDF.


Students may apprentice themselves to Mr. Siebold’s writing style. They probably remember the days they thought teachers lived at school, too. The realization that teachers are people can come as a shock to children. A person I taught with had a student say hi to her in the store – one of his first words to her. Such a surprise it can be to see teachers grocery shopping, buying clothing, or even just dressed for the weekend and not the school day.

The prompts may be used as quick writes or for story writing. If used for writing an entire story, the rubrics will be helpful.

I have a feeling a few class clowns might enjoy this activity! That is a good reason to show the rubric before the writing session.


teacher in the wild

Why does my teacher need shoes?

If a teacher lives at school, only school shoes are needed, right?


What I Think My Teacher Buys at the Mall

Students write what they think their teachers might buy at the mall.

my teacher rides a bike?

I Think I Saw My Teacher Outside! Could a teacher ride a bike?

what I think is on my teacher's shopping list

A list of what I think my teacher might buy at the grocery store. Coffee? Supplies for school?

story planning page

Two story maps are provided. There is one for illustration only ideas, and one for illustrations and some text.


There are two rubrics, one for student self-evaluation, and one for teacher use.


A word find for many words used in the book is also included.


A wordfind with many of the words heard in the story is included, along with an answer key.


Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the book, Carolyn

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