In this creative writing unit, students develop stories using nursery rhymes. The focus of this resource is to teach students how to craft a meaningful theme for a story and how to develop the theme throughout the work.
The mentor text for this unit is After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat, and each activity is designed to take approximately one hour. Alternatively, each lesson can serve as a station over the course of many days, thus allowing students to work at their own pace. Please extend or remove lessons as needed for your students.
This resource includes:
- Nursery Rhyme Cards
- Two graphic organizers that can be used to determine the theme of After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again or a fractured fairytale.
- Brainstorming Ideas Worksheet - Students analyze the lines of the nursery rhyme and add more information to create a story with context and characters.
- Developing a Theme for Your Own Story Worksheet
- Plot Diagram with Guiding Questions
- A “Stories Coming Soon” Theme Activity and Bulletin Board
- How to Start Your Story (with examples) Worksheet
- How to Show Theme Through Symbolism Worksheet
- How to Show Theme Through Flashbacks, Flashforwards, and Inner Thinking (with examples) Worksheet
- How to Use Figurative Language Worksheet
- How to Add Suspense (6 Strategies with examples) Worksheet
- How to End Your Story (with examples and an inquiry activity) Worksheet
- “Famous Last Lines” Ending Stories Bulletin Board Activity
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