In this 10-day unit students will study mentor texts to become experts on the characteristics of fables and children’s books.
Then, they will write their own fable in the form of a children’s book. After reading and studying mentor texts, students will begin writing their fables. During the pre-writing phase students will select a moral, plan their fable, develop their characters, and establish the setting for their story. Students will develop their plot with plot development tools including brainstorming the conflict, outlining the plot sequence, creating a storyboard, and a plot pitch exercise with peers. After writing their first draft, students will revise their fables with revision guides on dialogue, showing rather than telling, adding sensory details, peer editing, and self-editing. Finally, after planning out the text and illustrations in their children’s book, students will produce a children’s book. Completed children’s books are perfect for sharing! Students can share their books with the entire class, small groups, partners, or even read them to younger students. This unit is fun, engaging, and a definite student-favorite!
This detailed Fable Writing Unit includes:
• Detailed Unit/Lesson Plans (10)
• Student Grade Sheet
• Fable Rubric
The Student Fable Writing Packet Includes:
• Children’s Book Review Guide (3)
• Favorite Children’s Book Reflection
• Guided Notes - Children’s Books and Fables
• Fable Lesson Brainstorm
• Pre-Write - Planning
• Pre-Write - Character Brainstorm
• Pre-Write - Setting
• Pre-Write - Brainstorming the Conflict
• Pre-Write - Plot
• Pre-Write - Storyboard
• Plot Pitch Activity
• Revising - Dialogue
• Revising - Showing Rather Than Telling
• Revising - Sensory Details
• Illustration Brainstorm
• Text and Illustration Storyboard
• Peer Conference Guide
• Editing Checklist
(13 keys total)
• Guided Notes Keys
• Sample keys for all pre-writing and revising activities (10)
Common Core State Standards addressed in this unit:
- W.3A, W.3B, W.3C, W.3D, W.3E, W.4, W.5, W.10
- SL.1.A, SL.1.B, SL.1.C, SL.1.D
- L.1, L.2, L.3, L.5, L.6
- RL.2, RL.3, RL.4, RL.6, RL.10
This unit is also a part of two BUNDLES:
• Writing Unit Bundle.
The bundle is filled with 3 Writing Units - Narrative, Poetry, and Fable Writing. You can check it out HERE.
• Fables Bundle
A 17 day unit that will have students reading and analyzing 3 versions of a fable and then writing their own fable. You can check it out HERE.
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