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A Picture Book Writing Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: VOICE Support Trait: CONVENTIONS

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Welcome to this Lesson:

Just the Facts, Ma'am

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."

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