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A Magical Animal Encounter

writing a three-part story about meeting an animal with special powers


Student Writer Instructions:

You’ll be writing a descriptive paragraph of an animal that has magic, a unique talent, or a special power. Think about the boa constrictor that Harry met in the zoo; it was unique and interesting. Model your amount of details after the chapter from the first book about Harry Potter.

Step #1 Click the buttons below to create an animal with unique--almost "magical"-- skills. Imagine where you might be when you encounter this animal, and imagine details you would need to share to show a reader exactly how this animal looked when it did its magical behavior. And think about what the animal would do if it noticed you watching it.

Step #2 Plan your story, using the graphic organizer the teacher will give you. The graphic organizer will help you know when to make a new paragraph in your writing.

Step #3 Write your three-part description on your own paper. Use a highlighter to show where you added interesting adjectives or adverbs that weren't on your original graphic organizer.

Step #4 Use the Idea Development Post-it® Note-sized templates to help you decide how to revise your story and make it even better. Publish your story with an original picture.


Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to think of an animal with magical powers, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

(It's okay to come up with your own animal for this activity, if you think of a better one.)

(It's okay to come up with your own skill for this activity, if you think of a better one.) 

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