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An Onomatopoetic Field Trip

using sound effects to tell the story of an imaginary field trip

This lesson was created for WritingFix after being proposed by Northern Nevada teacher Karen Mitchell an an NNWP inservice class.

The mentor text:

Check out Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root is filled with great onomatopoeia and will inspire your students to use these type of poetic words when organizing a fun story.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

After enjoying the onomatopoetic word choices and imagery from Phyllis Root's picture book, Rattletrap Car, students will brainstorm lists of words that imitate sound effects. Inspired by their word lists, students will plan a story that centers on some sort of field trip or journey outside. To help tell their creative stories, students will use a thoughtful amount of onomatopoeia, and they will read their final stories out loud to each other. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is word choice; writers will brainstorm strong adjectives before composing their paragraphs.  The support trait in this assignment is voice; requiring the paragraph to be "voiced" from another character's perspective gives developing student writers practice as they develop their own voices.


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