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Welcome to this Lesson:

Rules and Things for a Funner Life

self-reflecting on an experience that taught you a life lesson

This lesson was built for WritingFix based on an idea shared by teacher Marilyn Hoffman at our AT&T-sponsored in-service class for teachers.

In 2010, this lesson was revised to include a Writer's Notebook assignment to improve students' pre-writing.

The mentor text:

In chapter 2 of Bud, Not Buddy, we learn of the main character's unique list, and students can be taught to create their own!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Each writer will brainstorm experiences where he/she has learned some sort of lesson about life. Each will then come up with a personal list of "Rules and Things for a Funner Life," such as those shared in Bud, Not Buddy. Choosing at least one rule, each writer will expand upon the reason for the rule, using words carefully, to convince the reader of its importance. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait is idea development; writers will list unique items to go on their personal lists. The support trait is word choice, yet it is equally important; the writer will choose words that convey an intended mood and tone that inspired each rule.


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