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Welcome to this Lesson:

Overcoming a Personified Fear

using transitions to move a reader through an original
three-part story

This lesson was originally featured in the Northern Nevada Writing Project's remarkable publication:
The Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide

The mentor text:

There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer is a beautifully crafted picture book about a young boy learning to overcome a personified fear. Use this book's sentence patters to create an original story.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

After mimicking the transitions used by Mercer Mayer in There's a Nightmare in my Closet to talk about an original fear, students will then plan to write a three-part story. Student stories will a) introduce us to the fear they will eventually overcome, b) explain the circumstances that led to them want to overcome the fear, and c) show how the the fear was conquered. Student stories should be organized and original. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this writing assignment is organization; the variety of transition words used in the first step of this lesson should be discussed thoroughly, and similar variety should be encouraged in students' three-part stories.  The support trait in this assignment is idea development; everyone has had a fear of something, and this assignment asks students to reflect on their own thinking and experiences in a creative way.

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