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Focus Trait: IDEA DEVELOPMENT Support Trait: WORD CHOICE

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The Next Thing on My List

Drafting and Revising a Personalized List

This lesson was proposed by NNWP Consultant Amie Newberry during an I-Pods Across the Curriculum Workshop for teachers.

The intended "mentor texts" to be used when teaching this on-line lesson are the song If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback, and excerpts from the chapter book Before I Die by Jenny Downham. Before writing, students should and discuss these two published works..

If you are a Washoe County teacher, click here to search for this book at the county library.

Important Note from this lesson's author: The chapter book that inspired this writing lesson contains mature subject matter that is NOT appropriate for younger students. You will definitely need to read the novel before deciding to share it with your students. You might choose to do this assignment just using the song by Nickelback.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

In the book Before I Die, Tessa is a sixteen year old girl who is faced with terminal cancer. This lesson is designed to get older students to think about what they would like to do in life and what is holding them back from doing it. It is a powerful lesson, and my students are always moved by the fragility of life, especially when they connect the idea to Nickelback's similarly-themed song, "If Today Was Your last Day." The final product is a polished list that details the things each student would like to experience in their lives. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development as writers will reflect on their lives, analyzing what they really want to do with the limited time we are all given to live.  The support trait is word choice; students will be encouraged to revise for more powerful words to describe their lives' desires.


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