Lesson Objective: Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the workings of plot (rising action, climax, falling action and conclusion) and an ability to write fiction working off of an outline.
Lesson OpeningI will open by reading them short fiction that I wrote. As I write, their will be stations all around the room, marking the different parts of a plot as described above. As I read, they will move from one part of the plot to another by listening to the story. When I am done, I will ask them to answer questions on my stories based on their predictions. What did they think was going to happen? Did that actually come true?
Guided PracticeThe children will be writing their stories from outlines that they wrote. To begin with, I will ask them to swap their outlines and read each other’s. They are reading, specifically, to see if each person’s outline makes sense. I will give them a few minutes to discuss each other’s outlines.
Independent PracticeThe children will work independently on their stories. My job will be to suggest new vocabulary and work on spelling / grammar as well as to check for coherence. I will go around to students asking them to explain the rest of the story to me.
ClosingWe will end with a discussion on why we like different kinds of stories, what makes us want to read them and keeps us interested.