bringing in Joe Friday's voice to solve an original, silly mystery
This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Corbett Harrison. Check out all of Corbett's on-line lessons by clicking here.
The mentor text:
The Web Files is a charming parody of the old radio and television show, Dragnet. It will inspire your students to try out Joe Friday's voice when they write!
Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:
Students will create a three-scene story that parodies an episode of Dragnet. In their scenes, a serious-sounding, hard-boiled detective will both narrate and ask questions of suspects and witnesses. Using Margie Palatini's marvelous Dragnet parody, The Web Files, as an inspiration, writers will create a detective story with voice and with correctly punctuated dialogue.Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.
6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:
The focus trait in this writing assignment is voice; the writer's goal is to create a character who both narrates and interrogates in a Joe Friday-like way. The support trait in this assignment is conventions; before students create a final draft, require them to double- and triple-check their dialogue and comma punctuation, especially for instances of direct addresses, as in "Just the facts, [comma] Ma'am."