One of my favorite topics to teach in Economics is "needs and wants." Students can totally relate! They could go on for days about all of the things they want in life! Here, I've taken an economics standard and combined it with creative writing based on the best selling books by Laura Numeroff. After learning about needs and wants, I read a few of her books to the class. Many times they've read them already but boy, do they enjoy them! The repetition is great especially when it comes down to writing their own similar story.
After reading the books, I discuss how the story is like a circle. The first two "wants" in the story must be revisited at the end. For example, if the cat wants a glass of milk and then will ask for a cookie, I help the students envision a few other things the cat might want (or want to do.) Then, I help them think of an instance the cat will need to have a glass of milk again (like chasing a squirrel) and then obviously want to have a cookie to go with it. Students can easily see how to plan out their story.
I have done this activity with ESOL students, regular ed, and Gifted students so I included differentiated pages. The document is in Word for you because you will find you may need to add "an" instead of "a" in the title page for a few students depending on the animal and object they choose.
Included in "If You Give A _____ A ______"
-supported sentences with picture boxes + ending (used with ESOL or younger students)
-supported sentences with picture boxes (to use for multiple page stories)
-horizontal blank lined page with picture boxes
-vertical blank lined page with picture boxes (my most popular choice with my Gifted students who wanted to be a tad more creative with their sentences and details)
I allowed students time to draw and create each step of their story as well as decorate the cover page. THEY LOVED IT! I hope you do too!