OK. So I thought that my neighbors were weird. In Tennessee, we'd call them rednecks. I remember the backyard that was just dirt, the dogs running the path around the perimeter of the fence, the loud yelling mother, and the millions of children that were always dirty and didn't ever have their hair brushed. AKA-The Herdmans. So. problem is-they weren't the ones with issues...obviously, I was. They had tons of My Little Ponies. So many, that they wouldn't even know if they were missing one (in my first grade brain). Note to self at age 7, "You've been paddled by the principal-not a good idea to try to steal your neighbors My Little Pony." So, you know, I took the pony. After that, I was so guilt-ridden that I scoured my house for all of the toys I didn't want that I thought they needed. :) The pony was not returned. But I did leave a bag of toys on their front porch step. Guilt not gone. Gave the pony to my sister for her birthday.
If you'd like more ideas for quick writes you can use in your classroom, check out this book by Donald Graves. It offers more than sixty new ideas to implement in your classroom for quick writes!
If you'd like a picture book to read along with your neighborhood map, The Map Book, by Sara Fanelli is a great example!