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Lesson 6: Story Time

Lesson Details

Subject: English/Languages Arts
Learning Level: Middle School
Author(s): Bonnie Frazier & Brian Grisetti
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The focus of this lesson is to compose a tale through the perspective of the main character. Editing and revisions will be made to ensure the final publication is correct with Standard English. The goal is to have students compose their own tale using the elements of fiction, descriptive language, and literary devices.

Lesson fundamental understandings:
Essential Questions:

a. The elements of fiction make up the essential framework of the story.
b. An outline of the story helps organize the essential elements.
c. Descriptive language and literary devices bring the story to life.
d. The perspective of the main character will determine events in the story.
e. Editing and revising is necessary before writing your final draft and improves the appeal of the story to your audience.
f. The final publishing of the story is the end product of your hard work.


National Standards

Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

State Standards

6.6.1 Generate ideas for writing by responding to visual stimuli such as objects and photographs. 6.6.2 Organize ideas through activites such as categorizing and outlining. 6.6.3 Write paragraphs and compositions with clear transitions between items. 6.6.4 Revise compositions to improve organization and consistency of ideas. 6.6.5 Edit for use of Standard English. 6.6.6 Produce writing with a voice that shows awareness of an intended audience and purpose. 6.6.7 Share final draft with designated audience.


Prerequisite Skills

Students should have prior knowledge of the elements of fiction (reading and writing), descriptive language (how and when to use it), literary devices (what types of devices can you use to improve the story), Standard English, and the writng process. All this prior knowledge are skills the students can use to publish a tale.

Teacher Information/Situations/Setting/Time

Time Frame:
1-3 days (50 minute periods)

Materials / Resources:
Pencil, paper, eyes, ears, brain
Stories used during the unit
Computer programs (Hyperstudio /Power point)
poster board

Pre-lesson preparation:
1. Write examples of the elements of fiction, descriptive language, and literary devices on poster board to assist students with their writing.
2. Have a poster on the wall or write on poster board the steps in the writing process.


A rubric will be used to evaluate students' published tale.

Student Activity/Tasks

1. As a whole-class, the students will discuss the components of the unit especially the elements of fiction, descriptive language, and literary devices.
2. The students will listen to stories read throughout the unit to remind the students of the elements we are focusing on.
3. The students will choose a main character and write a story about that character, using all the elements of fiction (character, setting, plot, dialogue), descriptive language, and literary devices.
4. The students will choose a partner to read their story to make sure all aspects of the assignment are present in the draft.
5. The students will revise their story using the suggestions from their partener.
6. The studens will have an adult edit their paper.
7. The students will individually edit and revise their paper for final publication.
8. The students can choose how they want their final publication (write, type, or create a multimedia presentation).

Enrichment/Alternate Activity:

1. Students can create illustration and put their story into a book format. 2. Students can change one or more of the elements in their story and rewrite it. 3. Students can write a play about their story and create a dramatization about the story.


Reading, Science, and Art

Technology Requirements/Tools/Materials

Computer programs (Hyperstudio /Power point)
Computer writing program (i.e. Microsoft word or Appleworks)
Paper and pencil to write final publication


The books used during the unit

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