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Welcome to this Lesson:

Scheming against an Adversary

writing an original tale of non-violent revenge

This lesson was was proposed and posted by NNWP Teacher Consultant Mimi Melarkey at an SBC-sponsored inservice class.

The mentor text:

Enemy Pie tells the story of two friends who are mad at each other, but in planning revenge, they reconnect as friends should.

Author Derek Munson reads Enemy Pie at a workshop for Northern Nevada students in March of 2007.

Lesson Overview:

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson makes readers think seriously about this question: “What if I had to spend an entire day with someone with whom I had a conflict?"  This question presents young writers with a great launching pad for developing an original story idea.  Student writers will brainstorm and then create a story where they seek out revenge (in a non-violent way) against someone they are temporarily mad at. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; the writer's goal is to brainstorm a completely original idea for a story and then to use memorable details as the story is told.  The support trait in this assignment is organization; the brainstorming sheet suggests a strong lead, but a teacher can use a story like this to stress the importance of paragraphing when something new happens in the plot or when someone says something with dialogue.

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