This activity is for students to apply the learned literary terms by becoming authors of their own story. First, we read one of the “Old Lady” stories (i.e. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie). Next, I use the story web to help them brainstorm ideas. I usually do this activity during November, so I have the students predict which object will be at the end of their story and in the center of the web.… pilgrim, tree, thanksgiving, or turkey. Next, they will choose words that describe the object. For example, turkey; beak, feathers, waddle, and eyes. After the web is completed, the children will start to generate their sentences once they have chosen a title. Typically, I use There Was a Young ______ Who Swallowed a ______ for the title. The children fill in the blanks. Once they generate all of their sentences, they will become the illustrator and draw the pictures that go with the story. Finally, the children share their stories with their peers.
Pg 3 story map
Pg 4 visuals, if needed
Pg 5 Title page
Pg 6 First page
Pg 7 Story pages (copy as many pages as needed for the story)
Pg 8 literary terms
Possible Language Goals: vocab (categories, word relationships), sentence formation, grammar, story re-tell.