NURSERY RHYME STORIES - End-of-Year Creative Writing Unit for Middle School

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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30 pages
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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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Total Pages
30 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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