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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- Winter Reading Learning Stations
- "A Christmas Carol" Drama Study
- Winter Poetry Analysis - 5 Winter-Themed Poems and 20 Analysis Tasks
- Reindeer Mail - ELA lessons based on letters from Santa's reindeer
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