This is a fun and engaging Six-Traits lesson on Coming Up With Unique Ideas. You will need a copy of the mentor text, The Hickory Chair by Lisa Rowe Fraustino.
The lesson is in Power Point format and includes everything you'll need except a copy of the mentor text. Both you and your students will enjoy the story. It's a tearjerker, so keep some tissues nearby!
In the story, the hickory chair is a symbol that represents the main character's love for his grandmother. Students are given the opportunity to brainstorm and choose a personal symbol that represents something in their own lives. It might be a book, a piece of jewelry, a toy, or some other significant item.
Once they've chosen their special symbols, students write a personal narrative in which they tell all about their special item. You will be amazed with all the fabulous, heartfelt writing going on!
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