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organizing a unique story about finding a magical item

This lesson was developed for WritingFix after being proposed by NNWP Teacher Consultant Sundae Eyer during an AT&T-sponsored in-service class for teachers.

The mentor text:

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is such a favorite book among young readers, and this lesson has students enter one of the book's settings and do some magical shopping!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

This writing activity is inspired by Bruce Coville’s Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, and students will be asked to write about an original magical object that they have discovered in the "Elives’ Magic Supplies," just as Jeremy does in the story.  Students will need to imagine themselves in the magic store where the proprietor tells them to look around until they find what they "need."  The students will then create an organized scene based upon the magical object and how they will take care of it or use it, depending on their choice of objects.  Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is organization; students will use lesson's graphic organizer to help them plan a scene that is thoughtfully sequenced and paced.  The support trait in this assignment is idea development; the writer’s goal is to create an original scene that intrigues the reader to know the entire story.

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