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Between Repeated Catch Phrases

creating a story that "stacks" on itself and repeats a catch phrase

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by NNWP Teacher Consultant Janet Cryer at an SBC-sponsored inservice class.

The mentor text:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day conveys the account of a very bad day. Your students will love trying to "top" Alexander's bad day with a story of their own!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Judith Viorst’s story of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day focuses on the chronological organization of a very bad day in Alexander’s life.  The amusing story begins with Alexander’s morning and ends with his bedtime.  Judith Viorst weaves a catch phrase (the one about moving to Australia) throughout the story as well--another element of good organization.  This writing lesson has students write chronologically about a bad "school picture" day, using a strong introduction and conclusion, while weaving an original catch phrase in between the story's details. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is organization; writers plan for a story that has an interesting introduction and conclusion, and a story that is woven in between a repeated use of an original catch phrase.  The support trait in this assignment is sentence fluency; in between the repeated catch phrase, students will develop ideas in the form of sentences that are different from one another.

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