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A Picture Book Writing Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: VOICE Support Trait: WORD CHOICE

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Put 'em on a Talk Show!

fracturing a fairy tale by putting its characters on a television

This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Corbett Harrison. Check out all of Corbett's on-line lessons by clicking here.

The mentor text:

Hee Haw! Cindy Ellen is a rootin'-tootin' variation of the Cinderella fairy tale. The western voices are fun to impersonate, and they will encourage your students to fracture other fairy tales with regional accents.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

The paramount rule of this writing assignment to stress to your students: absolutely no Jerry Springer Show imitations!  After enjoying Susan Lowell's unique re-telling of the Cinderella story, students will brainstorm a fairy tale whose characters might share their stories on a talk show.  As a group, students will compose a script that can be rehearsed, possibly costumed, and then performed in front of the class. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is voice; the writers will create dialogue and monologues as though writing from the voices of fairy tale characters.  The support trait in this assignment is word choice; this activity encourages writers to carefully choose words...possibly dialects...that fit characters' personalities.

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