Based on the book, ZOOM, by Istvan Banyai, this is a writing prompt lesson helping children connect their successes and challenges with who they are.
If you want to know more about the book, you can read a review here
It has 9 writing prompts dealing with the topics of courage, fear, happiness, humor, hurt, challenges, anger and embarrassment.
As well, it includes 8 prewriting sheets that are best to be used as a whole class but can be used individually. The last writing prompt is reflection based so it doesn't include a prewriting sheet.
After the last writing prompts, the students can make their prompts and pictures into a story book.
If really focusing on a writing unit regarding emotions, this could be done in the course of two to three weeks if given proper time to work on each day. But I think it's better to give a prompt a week, review, correct, etc. which would be best over the course of 2 and a half months. It completely depends on the level of your students.
While prompts aren't so complicated the prewriting sheets are what can help the students grow in regards to vocabulary, writing and understanding who they are. This can be used for a variety of grade levels from 3rd grade to 6th grade (possibly 7th and 8th).
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