This Leprechaun writing resource is an engaging way to practice narrative writing skills during the weeks surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. The mini writing unit begins with an informational passage about leprechauns so that students gain a better understanding of what a leprechaun is, where they come from, and what they’re known for. Then, students take the information they’ve learned from the passage to write their own fictional narrative about a leprechaun. Scaffolded sheets guide them through the creation process while plot maps and outlines help sketch their stories. For visual learners, I’ve included a set of picture cards that can be used to help plan and organize students’ stories.
This resource was designed to be little to no-prep for you, last at least seven days in the classroom, and works well as an emergency sub plan resource. Simply copy enough pages for your class(s) and keep on hand with a copy of the included Teacher Notes. Perfect for days when you have to be out unexpectedly!
This product includes:
1. Teacher Notes.
Several pages of notes explaining what is included, the standards covered, and how to use the materials in your classroom.
2. Student “I Can” Statements.
Before each day’s activities is a sheet listing the standards covered in student-friendly text.
3. Vocabulary Grid.
Students can use this throughout the unit to keep track of words they want to use in their writing. It can also be used to track important words from the text.
4. Non-Fiction Passages.
Two versions of an original passage on leprechauns. Students learn where leprechauns originated and the most common beliefs surrounding the little people.
5. “Step One: Getting Started”.
Students use the guided prompts to begin creating their own leprechauns for their stories. They will decide if their leprechaun is kind or mischievous, how it will show one specific character trait, and give it a name.
6. “Step Two: Physical Characteristics”.
Students work their way through prompts to decide what their leprechauns will look like. They then use their ideas to create a drawing. If easier, they can draw their leprechaun first and then use their drawing to complete the written page.
7. “Step Three: Setting”.
Students decide where and when their stories take place. They’re challenged to think about how their setting is important to the events that happen in the story. When finished, students create a sketch of their setting.
8. “Step Four: Plot Map”.
Here students create the events in their stories. Three options are included - a traditional plot map, a sheet with “SWBST” prompts, and picture cards for visual learners.
9. Story and Word Cards.
Use these in a variety of ways. Have younger or struggling students use the pictures to help create their story. The cards could also be used in mini-lessons to model the writing process.
10. Blank Visual Story Pages.
For use with the Story/Word Cards. Students place their selected pictures in order and tell their story aloud while touching each image. When finished, they can go back and write sentences to accompany each picture.
11. Rough Draft forms.
Using their completed work from the previous steps, students use these forms to write their rough drafts.
12. Final Copy Forms.
Six options included - three with graphics and three without. Some options include only lines for writing while others have space for illustrations. Each option includes a cover.
If you’re looking for a nonfiction unit about Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the man we know as Saint Patrick, then this resource, ”St. Patrick and The Emerald Isle” is for you!
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