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Welcome to this Lesson:

Showing Creative Problem Solving

writing about an animal's dilemma from start to finish

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Nevada teacher Lisa Larson at an AT&T-sponsored in-service class for teachers.

The intended "mentor text" to be used when teaching this on-line lesson is The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Before writing, students should listen to and discuss the writing style of this book's author, especially from pages 17-18 of the book.

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This is a writer's notebook-friendly lesson! This write-up has been recently revised to incorporate the creation of a writer's notebook page as part of its pre-writing process. A teacher model of the notebook page can be seen at left. On the teacher instructions page for this lesson you can read the step-by-step instructions for this writer's notebook task , which makes use of our webmaster's "Margin Mascot," Mr. Stick.

You can visit WritingFix's Writer's Notebook Resources Homepage to access more lessons and prompts revised to inspire effective modeling of writer's notebooks for our student writers.

A great classroom resource!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Students will read an excerpt from Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, focusing on the character of Buck solving a problem, listening carefully to London's word choice. Students will think of their own animals with original problems to be solved. Students will then create a 3-paragraph story, detailing a problem and the eventual solution with words. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this lesson is idea development; showing (not telling) a problem and its solution with details is each writer's focus here. The support trait for this lesson is word choice; student writers will carefully choose words to show with--words that definitely try to paint a picture in their reader's head.

Great advice from a real author!

Welcome to one of WritingFix's showing lesson! For the 2011-12 school year, all our posted lessons of the month encourage teachers to really teach and demonstrate showing skills; showing is a task that involves many traits: idea development, voice, word choice, and sentence fluency. Both books cited here help teach authentic showing to student writers

As you use this lesson, be sure to take time to teach your students the academic language that goes along with the skill of showing.

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