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What's Been Lost?

exploring "lost" nouns (both abstract and concrete) in students' writer's notebooks,
then writing about one...

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Stuck looking for a topic to write about with this lesson? This page is for you!

Often my students can relate to life experiences better if they are tangible, concrete situations. For example, the 2010 oil spill in Louisiana is something you can see, feel and touch. However, when you’ve lost hope or feel hatred, it’s not something you can touch or see it’s simply something that you feel.

There are two big ideas behind this lesson:

  1. The idea of losing something that is abstract , as communicated through the song, Where is the Love?
  2. And the loss of something that is concrete as demonstrated in the story, Where Once There Was A Wood.

For your writer's notebook page dedicated to "Lost Nouns," you will want to include both abstract and concrete ideas that interest you.

If you are having trouble coming up with an equal amount of these nouns, use the buttons below. Look for that topic that "begs" you to write about it.

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

(It's okay to come up with your own lost noun for this activity, if you think of a better one.)

(It's okay to come up with a more original title for this activity, if you think of a better one.) 

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