Winter Myth Writing - Free Writing Lesson

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Brain Waves Instruction
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
Resource Type
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15 pages
Brain Waves Instruction


In this fun lesson, students will write a myth based on a winter animal. They’ll use spinners to help them determine their myth’s topic, explanation, character traits and even the setting. Then, they’ll complete a pre-write to plan out their writing before crafting a myth to share with classmates!

This lesson works great all on its own, or it’s a wonderful addition to a myth study or myth writing unit. You could even leave this lesson behind for a substitute. Oh, and it’s perfect to teach on those school days before or after a winter break!

BONUS – This resource provides an opportunity for students to conduct some research about the animal they will be writing about. There’s a Mini-Research Tracker included in this resource!

During this lesson, students will:

  • Learn about the myth genre.
  • Read and review a mentor text.
  • Use interactive spinners to develop elements of their own myths.
  • Complete a detailed pre-write to plan their myths.
  • Meet with peers to discuss their ideas.
  • Write a myth that explains a unique characteristic of a winter animal.

This detailed writing lesson includes:

  • Unit Overview (for the teacher)
  • Detailed Lesson Plan (3 pages)
  • Mentor Text – “How the Arctic Hare Got Short Ears”
  • Myth Writing Pre-Write (2 pages)
  • Myth Spinners (4)
  • Mini-Research Tracker
  • Final Copy Paper (6 sets)

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Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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