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A Picture Book Writing Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: VOICE Support Trait: CONVENTIONS

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Welcome to this Lesson:

A Pet's
Adventure Story

learning to punctuate direct addresses in a voice-filled story

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

The mentor text:

Good Boy, Fergus! is a hysterical picture book about the daily life of a West Highland Terrier.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

David Shannon’s Good Boy, Fergus! demonstrates many excellent techniques that demonstrate (with minimal words) the concept of voice: perspective, emotion, interjection, imperative commands. For this lesson, writers will focus on emotion, interjection, and imperative commands as they create an original story about a pet's adventure and an owner following their pet. Students will create an original story, using elements of voice, and punctuating direct addresses correctly. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is voice; the writer will purposely add emotion through interjections and imperative commands. The support trait in this assignment is conventions; each writer will attempt to master the skill of punctuating for direct address as they write a story full of imperative commands.


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