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Focus Trait: SENTENCE FLUENCY Support Trait: WORD CHOICE

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Ain't Gonna Rain No More

creating new verses for an old campfire and blues song

This lesson was created by Corbett Harrison after he heard Jodie Black share Karen Beaumont's wonderful book as a read-aloud.

The mentor text:

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! is a book your students will beg you to read again and again so that they can sing along with its lyrical text.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

The writers will study the rhythm of the old campfire and blues song, "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," and they will study how Karen Beaumont borrows the rhythm for her book I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!  Older writers can brainstorm words that rhyme with grammatically proper helping verbs (since ain't ain't a word) to create internal rhymes.  All writers will create their own lyrics that can be sung to the original tune.Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is sentence fluency; the writer will experiment with sentence rhythm in order to create a lyric that can really be sung to the original tune.  The support trait in this assignment is word choice; asking students to use internal rhymes within the lyrics will encourage them to try out new techniques of word play.


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