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Focus Trait: ORGANIZATION Support Trait: VOICE

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Relative Report Narratives

organizing a bad-situation-that-gets-worse descriptive tale

This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Dena Harrison. Check out all of Dena's online writing lessons by clicking here.

The mentor text:

Tub-boo-boo is a hysterical narrative about a sister reporting on the terrible situation that occured in the family bathtub: her little brother's toe gets caught in the spigot, and soon everyone who tries to help is stuck too!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

After sharing Margie Palatini's charming "bad-situation-that-only-gets-worse tale", Tub-boo-boo, writers will plan a story about a humorous household accident that gets worse before it gets better.  Borrowing Palatini's exciting idea from her book, students will narrate the story as if they are a sibling of the accident victim who is reporting on the situation from the front lawn.   The voice of the narrator, though not a real news reporter, must sound like one. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is organization; the graphic organizer (see below) will assist students in creating a sequence of events as the story goes from bad to worse, and the use of the reporter-as-narrator will provide an introduction and conclusion . The support trait is voice; students will attempt to create a narrator's voice with the qualities of a real reporter.

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