This lesson focuses on the planning stage of the writing process. The overall focus is that “good writers take their time planning.” Using a story prompt about finding an egg, guide students through a three-day ( approximately 45 minutes per day) lesson on effective strategies to use while planning. The three steps focus on ideas, word choice and organization. The lessons could also be condensed or extended to last longer (duration of days).
The six-page printout provided includes three days of lesson plans (including additional suggested readings and potential ideas that could be used to support the thematic study) and a fold-able book for each student to take notes in during the lessons.
After the three days of breaking down the planning process, students will be eager write their rough draft. When I use this lesson, I don't have students write to the prompt, we simply do the planning, a teaser to get the excited about writing. Many of them seem shocked when I tell them that we wont be writing a rough draft for this prompt. I usually do this each year before our standardized test to get them pumped up and ready to write.
This is a great lesson to get your students excited about writing and to show them that if they invest the time up front in their planning, that the rough draft will be a piece of cake!
Common Core ELA Standard W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Common Core ELA W.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Print page one “The Planning Process” single sided. This will be the cover of the booklet. (I use colored paper for this page)
Print page 2 & 3 back to back
Print page 4 & 5 back to back
Page 6 lesson plans
Fold the booklet in half.
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