In “Cast Writing,” students will connect with an analogical lesson, which compares writing a personal narrative to “fly fishing.” Students will learn the structure of writing a personal narrative through, “casting” an introduction with a story line, “tackling” paragraphs and sentences, with transition words. Students will also learn how to “hook” their audience into their story line with a “bait” and by flying in details that support the topic sentence for each paragraph. When students are ready to write their conclusion, they will “reel” in the line to their story with a final thought. The ultimate goal for writing a personal narrative, is to “catch” the attention of an audience, or a “big fish.”
This unit includes mini-lessons on dialogue, descriptive language, and resources that students can refer to when writing their story. Students will be challenged to think of the details in their writing through brainstorming and sketching out their ideas through writing maps. Daily lessons, scoring guides and practice work are aligned with common core standards from grades 4th-6th. Students will get the opportunity to practice their organization skills in writing with material, edit, and revision check lists. This packet also includes a chant with motions to help students remember the structure of a personal narrative.
I was inspired to create a unit that would help students see writing in an analogical way and for the visual learner who needs to see the structure of writing through various scaffold methods.
When teaching this unit, I tell my students, “Cast out an idea or a thought and go from there.” That is what “Cast Writing” is about. I wish for every student to become confident writers and to share a story that they are proud of. It is my hope that your students will enjoy the adventure of “Cast Writing.”
Lesson Plans are numbered by each lesson not days, so that you can plan according to the pace of your student needs.
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