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Inventing a New Word

and having two characters talk about the invention

Student Writer Instructions:

Today, you'll be writing a story where two characters talk about a brand new word that one of the characters has just unveiled for an everyday object.  Be inspired by chapter 6 of Frindle as you plan this piece of writing.

Step #1:  Click the button below to see choices for everyday objects to rename.  Then use your imagination to create a new word.  Be Careful – the word you invent can’t mean something else already.  Check the Dictionary – like Mrs. Granger expects!

Step #2:  Review the rules for punctuating dialogue carefully.  Plan a verbal exchange between two people where one of the characters reveals the new name for the object.  Review the dialogue rules checklist as you proofread/edit. 

Step #3: After the story's dialogue has been planned, create setting descriptions, character details, and plot actions to accompany your dialogue.  Create a rough draft of your story on your own paper.  Remember, if a new character speaks, a new paragraph has to begin!

Step #4:  Use the Conventions Post-It to score yourself on your use of the trait.

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What every day item needs a new word?

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