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Welcome to this Lesson:

Rolling with the Animals

writing original stories with action-packed descriptors

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Nevada teacher Heide Kerr at an
SBC-sponsored inservice class

The mentor text:

Duck on a Bike makes use of the story teller's things-happen-in-threes technique. Students can easily imitate this structure as they launch an original story inspired by Shannon's.

When Publishing meets Technology!

Third grade teacher, Sandie Swanger, used our Rolling with the Animals assignment, and one of her students--Andrew--published his final draft using EdVoice.Thread. Let's help Andrew's video obtain lots of views to celebrate his achievement!

Click here to open/view Andrew's narrated and illustrated story!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

The writer will plan an original story where an animal (other than a duck) finds itself on a human mode of transportation (other than a bike).  Three other animals will react to the unusual scene.  Using the graphic organizer included with this on-line assignment, the writer will include sufficient details to end up with a well-paced and descriptive story. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; strong details that use action verbs and interesting adjectives should be encouraged.  The support trait in this assignment is organization; this writing prompt comes with a graphic organizer that will require writers to pre-plan paragraphs and story parts that have a purpose.

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