Myth Writing Unit
In this eight day, CCSS-aligned Myth Writing Unit
, students will demonstrate an understanding of the myth genre as they write their own myths. The unit begins with a review of the characteristics of myths and student analysis of a sample myth. Then, following a step-by-step process that includes pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, conferencing, and then writing a final copy, students will write an original and creative myth. In this unit students create a myth that creatively presents an explanation of an unknown. In addition, students’ myths will be filled with genre characteristics as well as strong voice and word choice.
This unit is a perfect addition to a myth study unit , an Ancient Greece unit, or as a stand alone writing unit.
Step-by-Step Writing Process Materials in this Unit
Step 1: Choosing the Unknown (Topic Brainstorm)
Step 2: Explaining the Unknown
Step 3: Pre-Write – Create a Character
Step 4: Pre-Write – Create a Setting
Step 5: Pre-Write – Create a Plot Outline
Step 6: First Draft – Write a Myth
Step 7: Revisions – Improve the Beginning
Step 8: Revisions – Add Dialogue
Step 9: Second Draft
Step 10: Editing Tasks
Step 11: Peer Conferences
Step 12: Write Final Copy
Common Core State Standards:
- RL.1, RL.2, RL.3
- W.3, W.3a, W.3b, W.3c, W.3d, W.3e, W.4, W.5, W.10
- L.1, L.2, L.3, L.5
- Reading and Analysis
- Plot Development
- Sensory Details
- Writing Process: Pre-Writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
This detailed unit includes:
- Unit Overview
- Detailed Lesson Plans (8)
- Myth Rubric
- Student Packet:
---Building Background Notes
---Example Myth and Analysis
---Revision Notes and Guides
---Peer Conference Feedback Forms
- Teacher Keys
---Notes - Background and Writing a Myth
---Student Work – Reacting to the Reading
---Revision examples - Leads and Dialogue
This unit is also a part of a Writing Unit Bundle.
The bundle is filled with 12 Writing Units - everything you'll need for an entire year of writing instruction! You can check it out HERE.
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