This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Nevada teacher Kaycee Goman at an SBC-sponsored inservice class in 2005. It has become one of this website's most popular lessons. Thanks, Kaycee!
The mentor text:
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a deliciously creative story about food that rains from the sky. Students simply love to impersonate the idea of this book, as you can see from the variety of student samples that come with this popular lesson!
Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:
Inspired by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the writer will brainstorm adjectives that center around food that might fall from the sky. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods will be brainstormed. Writers will then compose a three-part piece of writing that describes (with great adjectives) an entire day of raining food. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.
6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:
The focus trait in this writing assignment is organization; ask writers to create purposeful paragraphs as they create a descriptive story with, at least, three parts. The support trait in this assignment is word choice; writers will brainstorm strong adjectives before writing.
Recipient of the NNWP's Excellent Writing Lesson Award:
Because of the quality of its resources and ideas, this WritingFix lesson was selected by the Northern Nevada Writing Project as June 2007's Writing Lesson of the Month. It was e-mailed to thousands of teachers who are members of the NNWP's Writing Lesson of the Month Teacher Network.
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