Monday, July 4, 2011

July Writing Fix Lesson! Awesome!

Welcome to this Lesson:

Showing Creative Problem Solving

writing about an animal's dilemma from start to finish

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Nevada teacher Lisa Larson at an AT&T-sponsored in-service class for teachers.
The intended "mentor text" to be used when teaching this on-line lesson is The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Before writing, students should listen to and discuss the writing style of this book's author, especially from pages 17-18 of the book.
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Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Students will read an excerpt from Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, focusing on the character of Buck solving a problem, listening carefully to London's word choice. Students will think of their own animals with original problems to be solved. Students will then create a 3-paragraph story, detailing a problem and the eventual solution with words. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this lesson is idea development; showing (not telling) a problem and its solution with details is each writer's focus here. The support trait for this lesson is word choice; student writers will carefully choose words to show with--words that definitely try to paint a picture in their reader's head.

P.S. - Don't have to read the whole book.

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