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Focus Trait: CONVENTIONS Support Trait: WORD CHOICE

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Inventing a New Word

and having two characters talk about the invention

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by NNWP Teacher Consultant
Christy Aker-Minetto
during a workshop for teachers.

The mentor text:

Frindle is a marvelous story that explores where words come from!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Inspired by the main character's actions in Frindle, students will be asked to reinvent an every day object with a brand new word.  They will need to imagine a character has reinvented their word, and then they will create a scene from a story where the character reveals the new word to a friend.  The assignment requires them to correctly (and interestingly) use dialogue and dialogue punctuation in their scenes.   Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is conventions; the writer's goal is to create a short scene that correctly uses dialogue punctuation.  The support trait in this assignment is word choice; not only will students play with words (as they create a new one), but they should be encouraged to use interesting dialogue verbs in their scenes.

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