Bizarre Laws
It’s that time of year again. My 5th graders handed in their “Terabithia Projects” a few days ago. We just finished reading Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia in class, and they each had to create their own imaginary world and write up a report about it. One section of the report calls for them to make a list of rules or laws that must be followed in their world. There were plenty of the usual ones that you’d expect (don’t steal, don’t kill, etc.), but like last year, there were some pretty unusual ones. Here are a few of my favorites:

No advertising.

Never take down other people’s houses.

Never have more than one house in each family.

Do not argue.

NEVER eat plants or other unhealthy things. Only eat ice cream and fish.

Make sure to throw anyone who litters or breaks a law in the garbage can.

No kidnapping.

Kid’s can’t go out of the castle themselves.

You have to take good care of your garden.

Do not go without clothes to other places.

At war times, every male 18 and 40 must report to the army.

Defend enemies.

Don’t drink wine while you drive.

No killing animals except for dairy products.

Kids can’t do work (like at a restaurant) until they’re 12 years old.

Look both ways before crossing the street.

Say hello to people you know.

If you are a dragon, no breathing fire for no reason.

Do not free the people in jail.

No going to the king’s palace for no good reason.

You can’t make too much noise.

Take discipline responsibly. e.g. If you get sent to jail that’s what discipline you get so don’t be whiney about it.

Want to read more unusual laws?  Click on the links below to read my posts about students’ imaginary world projects from other years:

2016

2015

2014

2013

2011

2009

2007

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