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This Lesson:

Creating a Second-Person Choice Story

inspiring student creativity using songs that tell stories

This lesson was created by Nothern Nevada teacher Dawn Callahan during the NNWP's
I-Pods Across the Curriculum Workshop for teachers.

This writing prompt is inspired by

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
sung by the Charlie Daniels Band
(as well as several other story-telling songs )

Click here to do a Google search for the lyrics.

Four-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Students--perhaps inspired by the Choose Your Own Adventure-style books--really enjoy writing choice-based stories for each other. This lesson is designed to help students understand plot dimensions and literary devices while writing a multi-faceted short story that has many possible outcomes. For inspiration, students will analyze songs that tell stories for both meaning and story structure and then apply it to their own writing. Finally, students will have a piece of writing to share with classmates that is both exciting and different.

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6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this writing assignment is idea development; students will learn about and use literary devices to tell their original stories. The support trait is conventions; students will need to be consistent with their use of verb tense with this style of story, and their stories will probably benefit from small snippets of dialogue, which should be punctuated correctly.

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