A Literature-Inspired Writing Lesson from WritingFix

Navigating WritingFix:

WritingFix Homepage

Literature Prompts Homepage

Idea Development Homepage

Writer's Notebook Homepage


Navigating this lesson:

Lesson & 6-Trait Overview

Student Instructions

Teacher Instructions & Lesson Resources

Student Writing Samples from this Lesson


On-line Publishing:

Publish your students at our Ning!
(You must be a member of our "Writing Lesson of the Month" ning to post.)

Problem Solving

writing about an animal's
dilemma from start to finish


Student Writer Instructions:

In Jack London’s Call of the Wild, Buck faces the great problem when it comes to sleeping. London paints a picture of Buck’s surroundings while he takes us through the process of Buck finding a warm place to sleep.

Today you are going to create an original story about an animal with a great problem to solve. First, come up with the “who” in your story. This will be the animal that has a problem. Click on the first button below for some ideas. Use your graphic organizer to jot down a few interesting words on what your animal might look like.

Next, you need to decide where your story is taking place. This will be important to your animal and his/her ability to solve the problem. Button #2 has some appealing places for your story to take place. Again, note a few interesting words about the setting on your graphic organizer that you may want to include in your story.

The last button is the problem, or “the what” in your story. Click until you find one that you like.

Finally, use your graphic organizer to sketch a timeline of events in your story. This will help you stay focused in your writing.

Your goal in this piece is to focus on idea development as you take your animal's problem from start to finish. You should also pay attention to your word choice because, like London, you want to paint a picture in the reader’s mind.


Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

Who might your story's main character be?

(It's okay to think of your own animal character for this prompt, if you can't find one you like here.)


Where might your story take place?
(It's okay to think of your own setting idea for this prompt, if you can't find one you like here.)


What might your main character be doing when your story starts?

(It's okay to think of your
action ideas for this prompt, if you can't find one you like here.)



WritingFix Homepage Lesson & 6-Trait Overview   Student Instructions
Teacher Instructions & Lesson Resources  Student Writing Samples

© WritingFix. All rights reserved.