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

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Welcome to this Lesson:

Weird Animal Adventures

pre-planning your beginning, middle, and end before writing

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Nevada teacher Lance Ferguson at an SBC-sponsored inservice class.

The mentor text:

Tuesday by David Wiesner is a delightful, almost-wordless picture books that will stir your students imaginations and help them to create an original story about animals doing unusual things at night!


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Inspired by the wordless animal adventures found on the pages of David Wiesner's Tuesday, student writers will plan an original story about a group of animals weird adventure that happens after dark. Unlike Wiesner's text, student stories will be built from words that focus on interesting details. Before drafting, each student will pre-plan the story's beginning, middle, and end.Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this writing assignment is organization; "to pace" a piece of writing means the author has pre-planned equal attention to parts of a story that are equally important, and this assignment shows students how to pre-plan for this before writing a rough draft.  The support trait in this assignment is idea development; writers are asked to brainstorm the most important and memorable details before they write.


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