This Lesson's Title:
Imaginative Home Movies
letting a funny title inspire a story a child might tell
This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Christy Aker-Minetto for an
AT & T-sponsored inservice class for teachers.
The intended "mentor text" to be used when teaching this on-line lesson is the chapter book The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. Before writing, students should listen to and discuss the writing style of this book's author, especially chapter 5
of the book.
Check out The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 at Amazon.com.
If you are a Washoe County teacher, click here to search for this book at the county library.
Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:
Inspired by the long, humorous title of Chapter 5 of Christopher Paul Curtis's Watsons book, students will think about silly things that children do and create a titlethat rivals chapter 5'd title. Inspired by their titles, students will then plan and create a short story where a child--like Byron in the book--pretends he's creating a movie but ends up in trouble. Student will use details and humor in telling their original stories. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.