A Picture Book Writing Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: IDEA DEVELOPMENT Support Trait: VOICE

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Welcome to this Lesson:

Top Secret Rule Reasons!

creating a unique idea from a model, then adding personal voice to the final draft

This lesson idea was proposed to WritingFix by NNWP Teacher Consultant Denise Boswell at an SBC-sponsored inservice class. Denise also hosts WritingFix's HistoryFix Homepage.

The mentor text:

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups is a delightful picture book that provides both a fun idea for students to impersonate and a basic structure to help them organize original writing! If this book doesn't excite your kids to write, you might be reading it wrong!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

In The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups, David Wisniewski uses a pattern throughout his book.  A grown-up rule is shared, the grown-up reason for the reason is shared, and the "real" reason for the rule is revealed in a fantastic tale.  This writing assignment allows students to be creative--perhaps a little defiant--while borrowing Wisniewski's pattern. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this assignment is idea development; writers will focus on creating a completely unique idea while borrowing a structure from a published author.  The support trait for this assignment is voice; with an assignment this enjoyable, students should have no problem adding emotion and passion to their "real reasons for rules."

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