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A Scientific
Mishap

organizing a story with purposeful paragraphs

This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Dena Harrison. Check out all of Dena's online writing lessons by clicking here.

The mentor text:

Dav Pilkey's Dogzilla is pure, laugh-out-loud fun! This writing lesson has students analyze and impersonate the book's clever title.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

After enjoying the clever title and humorous writing style of Dav Pilkey's Dogzilla, students will imagine what type of scientific lab mishap created Pilkey's title character. Then, they will brainstorm other interesting creatures that might be created during scientific lab accidents. Using this lesson's graphic organizer, students will create a three-part story that tells the story of a scientific mishap that leads to the creation of a new creature. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is organization; this writing prompt comes with a graphic organizer that will require writers to pre-plan paragraphs that have a purpose to achieve, not a formula to complete.  The support trait in this assignment is idea development; strong details based on action verbs and memorable adjectives should be encouraged during drafting and revision.


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