July 22, 2015
By Caitlin Fahey

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Object Creative Writing

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Students will be able to develop sequenced pieces of creative writing.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that this lesson will involve writing an adventure story about a random object.
  • Write on the board: The adventure story must be told from the point of view of the object or from the point of view of the object's owner.
(15 minutes)
  • Choose one of the small objects, and create a writing sample for it on the board.
  • Write five sentences: the exposition (introduction explaining the story's background), rising action, climax (main problem), falling action, and resolution (ending that includes a solution to the main problem).
  • Ask students for suggestions of what will happen next.
(10 minutes)
  • Hand out copies of the Plot Diagram worksheet.
  • Review how each story component is supposed to function.
  • Have each student choose a small object.
  • Ask each student to fill in his worksheet with an outline for a story about his object.
  • As students work, use a document camera to display a sample worksheet. Fill it in, and allow students to watch you if they find themselves struggling.
  • Once you complete your sheet, check in with struggling students and provide assistance if needed.
(30 minutes)
  • Have students use the backs of their worksheets to write short stories that match their outlines.
  • Enrichment:Have advanced students focus on using exciting vocabulary. Ask that they each use at least 10 descriptive verbs.
  • Support:Give each struggling student a starter sentence for his story. You can also help students fill in their worksheets.
(15 minutes)
  • Inspect students' work over the course of the lesson.
  • Have students share their writing samples with the class using the document camera. Assess each student's comprehension of the lesson based on the quality of his sample.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the definitions of each story component.

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