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Welcome to This Lesson:

Hubris at the Bat

writing a parody of
Casey at the Bat
a modern day character

This writing lesson was originally proposed by Northern Nevada Literacy Trainer Desiree Gray.

The lesson was revised in 2010 to include it in our "Year of Writer's Notebooks" Celebration!

The mentor text:

Christopher Bing's picture book version of Casey at the Bat is a remarkable celebration of the original poem.

This is a writer's notebook-friendly lesson! This write-up has been recently revised to incorporate the creation of a writer's notebook page as part of its pre-writing process. A teacher model of the notebook page can be seen at left. On the teacher instructions page for this lesson you can read the step-by-step instructions for this writer's notebook task , which makes use of our webmaster's "Margin Mascot," Mr. Stick.

You can visit WritingFix's Writer's Notebook Resources Homepage to access more lessons and prompts revised to inspire effective modeling of writer's notebooks for our student writers.

A great classroom resource!

Four-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

To prepare students for the recurring literary theme of how hubris can play an important part in a character's downfall, students dedicate a page to the topic of hubris in their writer's notebooks. Students will then read Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, discussing interpretations and possibilities of where they think Casey's hubris originated, adding their favorites to their notebook page. Students also set up a space to record thoughts about future characters with hubris they will meet in later literature. When the notebook page is complete, later in the school year, a teacher can encourage students to write a parody-poem (borrowing sentence structure and rhythm) of the original poem by Thayer; the characters students write about can be other literary characters who show hubris, or a fictional character they invent with the quality. Teachers: Click here to read the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this assignment is idea development; students set-up the notebook page to study a theme or big idea, and as they return to the page, they need to be encouraged to add new ideas they've made about hubris since the last time they thought about it. The support trait is organization; students will model their own poem after Thayer imitating his rhyming pattern and use of syllables.

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