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Weird Animal Adventures

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

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In Tuesday, written by David Wiesner, we experience a night of "weird adventure" involving flying frogs.   The story, even though it is told without words, has a definite beginning, middle, and end

You will be writing an original "weird adventure" for an animal today.  Before writing, you will need to plan your adventure's beginning, middle, and end. But first...you'll need your idea for your story...select an ANIMAL by pressing the first button below.  Right after that...press the WEIRD ANIMAL VERB by pressing the second button.  And then...select a BONUS NOUN to also include in your "weird adventure" story.

Once you have your three buttons selected below, you are ready to plan your writing.  Your story needs to have a beginning, a middle, and an end.  How will you launch your reader into your story (Beginning)?  How can you describe several important but smaller events that happen during the adventure (Middle)?  And how might you leave your reader with that to be continued feel that we get from Tuesday (Ending)?

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Tuesday had frogs...

What animal will "star" in your story?

(It's okay to come up with your own animal here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

In Tuesday frogs flew...

What verb will your story's animals do?

(It's okay to come up with your own verb here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

Tuesday had lily pads...

What bonus noun might your story's animals have?  

(It's okay to come up with your own bonus noun here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)


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