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Welcome to this lesson:

Interjected Emotions!

voicing a story about a sporting event or a recess activity

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

The mentor text:

No, David! is a voice-filled picture book that provides a perfect opportunity to study how to use interjections and people's names alongside commas and exclamation points.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Thinking about a sporting event, each writer will combine one interesting interjection (or verb) and one interesting name, and then create as many emotion-filled sentences as possible (No, David!...David, No. No!...No, no, no, no, David!).  Punctuation will be checked carefully for commas, periods, and exclamation points.  Writers will then create a descriptive scene about a sporting event that weaves together details and several of their interjection-based sentences. 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's goal is to capture emotions with the combined use of emotional words and names in the spurts of dialogue they will create.  The support trait in this assignment is conventions; properly punctuated sentences (using commas, periods, and exclamation points) is the other goal of this writing exercise.


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