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Welcome to this Lesson:

Adventure Planner

playing with new transition words

This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Corbett Harrison. Check out all of Corbett's on-line lessons by clicking here.

The mentor text:

Meanwhile... by Jules Feiffer is a comic-book style picture book that will have all your kids wanting to write about adventures!

Greetings, fellow teachers! My name is Corbett Harrison, and in 2001, I helped the Northern Nevada Writing Project launch this WritingFix website. For ten years, we sponsored lesson-building workshops throughout our region, and the best-of-the-best lessons created by our participants were posted at WritingFix for all teachers to freely access.

The lesson you find here is one that I personally created as a demonstration lesson during our very first Picture Books as Mentor Texts workshop.

If you enjoy this lesson's big ideas and want to hear more about the work that I do to inspire student writers of all ages, I invite you to visit my personal you can access the new lessons and training materials I have been developing since 2009.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Inspired by Jules Feiffer's wonderful picture book, Meanwhile..., students will explore the idea that transitional words and phrases can move stories to different scenes or segments. Students will choose five interesting transitional words and, using this lesson's graphic organizer, they will plan a short adventure story. With their story outlined, they will then create a rough draft, then revise their drafts using skills of idea development. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is sentence fluency; the writer's goal is explore a variety of transitions with the goal of adding five new ones to their "writing toolboxes."  The support trait in this assignment is idea development; strong details are encouraged as each story is composed and revised.

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