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A Picture Book Writing Lesson from WritingFix

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What Got

using excellent details to launch organized, original mystery story

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Northern Nevada teacher
Jenn Potter
at an
SBC-sponsored inservice class

The mentor text:

Grandpa's Teeth is a wonderful mystery about dentures that have gone missing. If your students don't laugh themselves silly at the book's conclusion, there might be something wrong with them!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

The writer will plan a scene from a story where a character confronts another character about something that has been stolen.  Descriptive details need to take precedence in this scene, as only a limited number of dialogue exchanges will be permitted.  At the scene's conclusion, a surprise ending (like that from Grandpa's Teeth) should be encouraged by the teacher. 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 that have a purpose.

Recipient of the NNWP's
Excellent Writing Lesson Award:

Because of the quality of its resources and ideas, this WritingFix lesson was selected by the Northern Nevada Writing Project as March 2009's Writing Lesson of the Month. It was e-mailed to thousands of teachers who are members of the NNWP's Writing Lesson of the Month Teacher Network.

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