From a Lynda Barry book, I've used the idea to have the Thirdlanders draw self portraits on occasion. Draw yourself as Batman, a monster, an astronaut.
This week we drew ourselves as astronauts. The Thirdlanders were to write a few sentences about their most recent trip into space to go with their self portraits.
Many asked me if their writing could be fake.
I repeatedly responded to that question and even made general announcements to the class. Even after the general announcement, a third lander raised her hand to say, "Can this be fake because I've never been in space before?"
"Yes, your writing about your space travels can be fictional," I told her. The Thirdlanders have typical listening issues, but aside from that, they seem to have a tenuous grasp on reality that simultaneously concerns and cheers me .