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Welcome to the Lesson:

Floating Down
a River

planning both pacing and details with a graphic organizer

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

The mentor text:

Daisy Comes Home by the great Jan Brett shares the adventures of Daisy, a bullied chicken whose experiences away from the chicken coop teach her to stand up for herself.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

After studying the amount of details shared while Daisy floats down the river in the middle of Jan Brett's story, Daisy Comes Home, students will plan a story where they float down a river. Like Daisy, they will encounter animals as they float. Using this lesson's graphic organizer, students will plan a story that is well-paced by using an equal amount of details and sentences as they describe each encounter with each animal. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this writing assignment is organization; "to pace" a piece of writing means the author has pre-planned equal attention to parts of a story that are equally important, and this assignment shows students how to pre-plan for this before writing a rough draft.  The support trait in this assignment is idea development; writers are asked to brainstorm the most important and memorable details before they write.


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