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You Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar!

turning a life lesson from a children's literature into a modern & relevant story

This lesson was created by Northern Nevada teacher Rob Stone during the NNWP's iPods Across the Curriculum Workshop.

This writing prompt inspired by

Jack Johnson's song "Cookie Jar"

Click here to do a Google search for the lyrics.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Hopefully everyone remembers the children’s song, “Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?” in which an accuser asks a suspected perpetrator who stole the cookies from the cookie jar. The accused, of course, denies blame and points to someone else, and so it goes…That simple song about blame and denial carries an important and relevant message in today’s society. Modeling Jack Johnson’s modern day song, Cookie Jar, students will find deeper meaning in children’s songs, games or literature and convey that still-relevant meaning in an original modern story. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this lesson is idea development because a message or theme drives the writing . The support trait for this lesson is voice as students attempt to persuade the audience through their passion, emotion and figurative language .  

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