Kids Love writing stories, but it can get a little crazy when each student is writing a different story and you're trying to get to them all! In this unit, we start from a simple, story model/mentor text with a very basic beginning, middle and end. We go through the story writing process together and the kids come away with their own picture book.
The mentor story/text is an easy and fun "lost and found" story about a PET. You can use this as part of your pet theme or as a stand alone unit. It is best for second graders, and first graders who are ready to write stories (end of first grade).
In this unit the students learn about:.
-beginning, middle and end
-using repeating parts for effect (rhythm and sound of language)
-telling parts and talking parts in stories
-using basic quotation marks
-the writing process (all stages; at a basic level)
-how to illustrate their pages
I've included all the modelling, examples and specific instructions you need to get their ideas flowing and their sentences rolling!
Here's the plan:
Lesson One: We get familiar with the mentor story, "Gone" (featuring a cute frog) and we practice writing simple dialogue (talking parts).
Lesson Two: To internalize the structure we write a practice cloze version of the story (featuring a mischievous rabbit).
Lesson Three: We plan our story. Each student picks their own pet and fills out a Story Planning Sheet which includes all the events of the story.
Lesson Four: We write our stories!
Lesson Five - Six: We finish writing our stories and edit them.
Lesson Seven: We make our awesome title pages!
Lesson Eight - Eleven: We print each page of our story with care - one page per lesson. (Or, students can type them up on a computer with help from an adult)
Lesson Twelve: We bind our stories, celebrate and make plans to share them!
Lesson plans and all of the support material you need are included in the download. If you have any questions at all while you are using this unit with your class, feel free to email me. My contact information is listed at the end of the unit.
I am a story writer myself (eight titles with Scholastic's Literacy Place for the Early Years) and I have loved creating this unit so that kids can learn the "secrets" of story writing. It really is amazing to see the difference good writing instruction can make.
Enjoy your writing time with your kids!!