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A Poetry-Inspired Writer's Notebook Lesson from WritingFix

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Welcome to this Lesson:

Little Toy Friend

a poem told from a "lost" plaything's point-of-view

This original writing lesson was created by NNWP Consultant Regan Ringler Hartzell. It was revised in 2010 to include a writer's notebook page.

The mentor poet/text:

Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses.

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 superb classroom resource!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

After enjoying two poems about toys by two great, classical poets, students will explore the idea of writing an original poem about the adventures of a lost toy. Children love to use this kind of fantasy in their everyday lives, where inanimate objects--like toys--can come to life. To build multiple ideas for these poems long before writing a rough draft, each young writer will think of favorite toys or stuffed animals that might get lost, and they will create a writer's notebook page that explains where three personal toys might become misplaced; using prepositional phrases, they will also create possible poem introductions. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; writers will use personal experience to write an original poem using toys from their childhood to expand their imaginations.  The support trait in this assignment is sentence fluency; writers are asked to explore prepositional phrases at the beginning and the end of their poems' sentences.

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