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

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Welcome to this Lesson:

Unique Imaginary Friends

writing original adventures
about imaginary sidekicks

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

The mentor text:

Ted is a wonderful series of adventures that ends with a father and son discovering they both have the same imaginary friend.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

The writer will, first, create an original imaginary friend, inspired by Ted from Tony DiTerlizzi's wonderful picture book.  The writer will then think of an ordinary activity done on a daily basis, like feeding the family dog.  The writer will write about doing the ordinary activity, but he/she will pretend that the activity is being done with the imaginary friend that has been created. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; an original and detail-filled story is what students will be encouraged to create.  The support trait in this assignment is word choice; DeTerlizzi celebrates his love of words by creating new ones that don't even really exist, and students can be encouraged to try this same technique.


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Excellent Writing Lesson Award:

Because of the quality of its resources and ideas, this WritingFix lesson was selected by the Northern Nevada Writing Project as January 2010's Writing Lesson of the Month. It was e-mailed to thousands of teachers who are members of the NNWP's Writing Lesson of the Month Teacher Network.

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