Lesson Plan #:AELP-WCP0009
Author: Twila Chambers
School or Affiliation: Frost Elementary School, Chandler, AZ
Endorsed by: These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops. Date: May 1994
Grade Level(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Language Arts/Writing (composition)
Overview: This is a creative writing time that takes a minimum of 25 minutes. During this time students are beginning their own story, reading another’s beginning and creating the middle section, reading yet another story and finally developing a conclusion for that story.
Purpose: This activity encourages students to be creative in their own writing, as well as being critical and analytical of another’s. I find that students who accomplish very little during a typical, structured writing time, become very involved in this type of writing.
- Create the beginning of a story. Introduce the characters and the setting.
- Develop the action for the story.
- Bring the story to a conclusion.
- Read and analyze another’s work.
- Recognize the need for neat, well-organized work.
- Time management.
Resources/Materials: Pencils and writing paper for each student.
Activities and Procedures:
Tying It All Together:
There are several possibilities. Any and or all could be used.
Everyone enjoys hearing the stories read aloud and listening to see if something they wrote is in that story and what others did with their story line. The books are fun to go back to later in the year and see how their writing skills have improved.