Don't Forget to Write for the Elementary Grades: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons (Ages 5 to 12)

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Creative strategies for getting young students excited about writing Don't Forget to Write for the Elementary Grades offers 50 creative writing lesson plans from the imaginative and highly acclaimed 826 National writing labs. Created as a resource to reach all students (even those most resistant to creative writing), the lessons range from goofy fun (like "The Other Toy Story: Make Your Toys Come to Life") to practical, from sports to science, music to mysteries. These lessons are written by experts, and favorite...

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Overview

Creative strategies for getting young students excited about writing Don't Forget to Write for the Elementary Grades offers 50 creative writing lesson plans from the imaginative and highly acclaimed 826 National writing labs. Created as a resource to reach all students (even those most resistant to creative writing), the lessons range from goofy fun (like "The Other Toy Story: Make Your Toys Come to Life") to practical, from sports to science, music to mysteries. These lessons are written by experts, and favorite novelists, actors, and other celebrities pitched in too. Lessons are linked to the Common Core State Standards.
• A treasure trove of proven, field-tested lessons to teach writing skills
• Inventive and unique lessons will appeal to even the most difficult-to-reach students
• 826 National has locations in eight cities: San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, and Washington DC 826 National is a nonprofit organization, founded by Dave Eggers, and committed to supporting teachers, publishing student work, and offering services for English language learners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118024317
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 496,262
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

826 National is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, andpublishing organization with locations in eight cities across thecountry. Our goal is to assist students ages 6 to 18 with theirwriting skills, and to help teachers get their classes excitedabout writing. Our work is based on the understanding that greatleaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and thatstrong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Jennifer Traig is the author of the memoirs Devil inthe Details and Well Enough Alone, and the editor ofThe Autobiographer's Handbook.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD XV

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS XVII

THE AUTHORS XIX

THE CONTRIBUTORS XXIII

LESSON PLANS

1 TRAGIC LOVE TALES (BY 6-YEAR-OLDS)  1
by Joan Kim and Roberto Carabeo

Just what it sounds like.

2 WRITING FOR PETS  6
by Jennifer Traig

Students gain confidence in their language skills by writing ashort story for a pet, then reading it to a pet audience. Ideal forvery young writers, kindergarten through fourth grade.

3 FORT PARTY!  9
by Maggie Hanks

In this workshop, students build forts using tables, couches,sheets, clamps, whatever you have around. They then go into theforts and do writing exercises. Best for grades two and up.

4 MAKE-BELIEVE SCIENCE  14
by Amie Nenninger

Facts take a backseat to fi ction in this incredibly inventiveworkshop. Students compose their own wacky faux-science journal. Agreat way to get more science-minded students interested increative writing. Ideal for students fi fth grade and younger.

5 OH, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE, REALLY . . . (OR, HOW TO WRITE AJON SCIESZKA PICTURE BOOK)  22
by Jon Scieszka

Students learn how a master children’s book author getshis ideas, and are invited to create their own. Great for gradestwo through four.

6 SPACE EXPLORATION FOR BEGINNERS: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU MEET ANALIEN  29
by Moira Cassidy

Junior Space Explorers get the opportunity to“travel” to other worlds, record their experiences intheir personal Space Exploration Logs, and make a scale model ofone of the alien creatures they meet on their journey. NO SPACETRAVEL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Ideal for grades two through four.

7 MAGIC REALISM  34
by Aimee Bender

What if sneezes brought good luck? What if you wrote about it'Our favorite magic realist invites students to imagine a worldthat’s just slightly off . Ideal for older writers, fifthgrade and up.

8 RECYCLED ELVES: FAIRY TALE DO-OVERS  36
by Lucas Gonzalez and Chris Molnar

Rewriting fairy tales. Good for grades three to six.

9 CREATING A GUIDE TO MODERN GIRLHOOD  40
by Meghan Adler

Learn how to write your autobiography, using a variety oftechniques and styles popular in best-selling books for girls. Wewill do numerous drawing and writing activities. Best for grades five and up.

10 HOW TO WRITE A HOW-TO  47
by Jory John

Author Jory John teaches students how to write incredibly usefulhowtos, like “How to Avoid a Bath or Shower for as Long asPossible, and Maybe Even Longer.” Ideal for grades four andup.

11 TALKING TRASH!  51
by Holly M. Dunsworth and Juliet Weller Dunsworth

Students learn the basics of artifact/trash interpretation andcreate their own fascinating descriptions of found objects and“trash” artifacts. Neanderthals welcome. Ideal forgrades three to six.

12 WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE LESSON PLAN? WRITING JOKES ANDRIDDLES  59
by Marcy Zipke

This introduction to writing jokes and puns encourages languageplay. Ideal for the very youngest writers—third grade andyounger.

13 SPY SCHOOL  62
by Kate Pavao and Jennifer Traig

This intensive spy-training program encourages descriptivewriting, code wordplay, and imaginative reporting. Best forslightly older writers, fourth grade through sixth.

14 LITERARY MASH-UPS  72
by Susan Voelker and Susan Meyer

Kids write genre mash-ups (like a romantic horror story). Bestfor grades five and up.

15 BRAIN SPELUNKING  76
by Scott Beal

Using Rorschach blots, picture prompts, and automatic writingtechniques, we will plumb the inner depths of our minds and seewhat comes of it. Best for grades five and up.

16 PJ PARTY  80
by Amy Sumerton, Jason DePasquale, and ChloeDurkee

Students learn to craft expert bedtime stories. Trust us:wearing pajamas helps. Good for grades two through five.

17 ANY WHICH WAY: CHOOSING YOUR OWN ADVENTURE  82
by Lindsey Plait Jones

Students learn about the basic elements of telling a story, thencreate their own multichoice adventures. For grades two throughsix.

18 LIFE-SIZE BOARD GAME!  89
by Katherine Fisher and Jessica Morton

In this workshop, we use a life-size game board—where weare the moving pieces. We start off by creating thewriting-inspired rules together. Once we’ve collectivelythought up the most amazing board game that will soon sweep thenation, we play it together. Best for grades three and up.

19 BRAINS! OR, WRITING WITH ZOMBIES  91
by Brad Brubaker

Students interview a real-life zombie, then use what they learnto write their own zombie stories. BRAINS! Good for grades twothrough five.

20 HOW TO WRITE A COMIC  95
by Todd Pound and Jennifer Traig

Students learn to tell stories in both written and visual media.Ideal for students who think they don’t like to write. Th isclass is designed for students in fourth grade and higher.

21 THE MEANING OF LIFE (THE SHORT ANSWER): WRITING BIG, LARGE,AND SMALL!  105
by Elizabeth Alexander and Kathleen Goldfarb

In this workshop, we bravely identify our own big questions andexplore them in stories that are both goofy and serious. Best forgrades three and up.

22 HOW TO SURVIVE ANY THING 108
by Rebecca Wasley

What do you tell your teacher when you forgot your homework? Howcan you get out of doing your chores? How do you stop aliens fromtaking over the planet? It’s about time someone put togethera book of how to survive absolutely anything—and that someoneis you! Good for grades three and up.

23 VINDICATED V ILLAINS  112
by Nicholas Decoulos

Telling stories from the bad guy’s point of view. Good forgrades three through five.

24 ONO-MATO-WHAT-NOW?  114
by Katherine Hunt and Pardis Parsa

How do you capture the sound of a candy wrapper being torn openfor the first time or your shiny new jacket rubbing againstitself? In this lesson students explore everyday sounds to write afabulous story. Best for grades three through five.

25 ALL-STAR SPORTS STORIES  120
by Aaron Devine and Karen Sama

Students learn about underdogs, dramatic moments, and otherfactors that make sports and storytelling great. Good for gradesfour and up.

26 I WROTE A GUIDEBOOK AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY T-SHIRT:TRAVEL WRITING  124
by Susie Nadler and Laura Scholes

Th e entire class collaborates to create a guidebook for theirtown and learn to observe and describe in the process. Good forgrades five and up.

27 COOKING FOR CRYPTIDS: THE DEFINITIVE CRYPTOZOOLOGICALCOOKBOOK  128
by Shannon DiGregorio

Students carefully consider the palates of the wild unknown andcater to the likes of Bigfoot and the Chupacabra with an originalshort cookbook. Ideal for grades one through four.

28 SCIENCE CLUB: ICE CREAM!  131
by Elaine M. Palucki

In this workshop, students explore a scientificissue—here, the science of ice cream—then write aboutit. Ideal for grades one through four.

29 STICKY WORDS  139
by Maya Shugart and Ryan Smith

Why should the ears have all the fun when it comes to poetry? Students write original poems and collage them into art forreaders’ eyes and ears to enjoy in harmony. Good for gradesthree through five.

30 MADDENING MAD LIBS  142
by Dan Gershman

Students write their own Mad Libs and learn some grammar in theprocess.

31 IF I WERE A KING OR QUEEN: CREATING YOUR OWN COUNTRY 147
by J. Ryan Stradal and Robert Jury

Imagination gets a thorough workout as students are invited toimagine their own country, from geography to government. Anythinggoes. Ideal for writers from second grade through sixth.

32 HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE  150
by Amie Nenninger

Th is dynamic lesson invites students to solve a real-lifemystery, then write about it. Students really get into it.Best for fourth grade and older.

33 HARRY POTTER SPIDER-MAN VS. THE EVIL ZOMBIE NINJAS 157
by Eric Canosa

Students learn the basics of conflict in a supernatural showdownbetween good guys and bad guys. Good for grades two and up.

34 OUT THERE: DRAWING AND WRITING NEW WORLDS: ANINTERDISCIPLINARY ART AND WRITING LESSON  160
by Meghan McCook

Create your own 2-D piece of artwork using lots of texture,shape, and color. Then write a description or “sketch”of the universe only YOU could imagine! Best for grades five andup.

35 WHINING EFFECTIVELY; OR, HOW TO PERSUADE YOUR PARENTS163
by Taylor Jacobson and Abigail Jacobs

Students learn the basics of persuasive writing by writing aboutthings they’re really invested in—like later bedtimes.Best for slightly older writers, fifth and sixth grade.

36 FOR THE BIRDS!  167
by Scarlett Stoppa

Students work together to create never-before-discovered birdsand create short adventures for their character through thesefeathered flights of fancy. Ideal for grades two through four.

37 THERE’S POETRY IN AN ATOM: WRITING CREATIVELY ABOUTSCIENCE  170
by Nicole Moore and Ryan Moore

This class seeks to make the sciences less esoteric for thosewho like to write, and to make writing more manageable for thosewho love science. Best for grades four and up.

38 GUERRILLA POETRY  175
by Becky Eidelman

This lesson helps students fi nd poems that speak to them anddiscover ways of inserting them, unexpectedly, into otherpeoples’ lives. Ideal for grades four and up.

39 FRANKENFILMS  177
by Lindsey Robinson and Jon Zack

In this lesson, students take some well-loved recent movies,write in new characters, and completely redo the endings. Best forgrades four and up.

40 THE RULES OF MAGIC  179
by Julius Diaz Panoriñgan

This inventive lesson plan uses the conventions of fantasy andmagic to guide some very creative storytelling. Best for fifthgrade and up.

41 AND NOW I WILL PERFORM AN INTERPRETIVE DANCE: KINETICWRITING  182
by Angela Hernandez

This lesson translates physical storytelling to the page. Greatfor students who need to get up and move. Ideal for grades secondthrough sixth.

42 NOTE TO SELF: WRITING AUTOBIOGRAPHY  184
by Tania Ketenjian

This workshop invites you to take a close look at yourself andshare it with the world. Good for grades three and up.

43 SMELL THIS STORY, TASTE THIS POEM  186
by Gabriela Pereira

A story/poetry writing workshop that focuses on using the fi vesenses for inspiration. Best for grades four and up.

44 GRAMMARAMA: HOMONYM STAND-OFF  198
by Margaret Mason

Can grammar be fun? Yes. It’s an extreme grammarchallenge. One will win! All will learn! For grades five andup.

45 HOW TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! OR, HOW TOWRITE A REALLY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD LETTER  204
by Jenny Howard

In this lesson plan inspired by the 826 book Th anks and HaveFun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to PresidentObama, students learn how to compose meaningful letters for thepresident and other people they admire. Good for grades three andup.

46 CHARACTER ASSASSINATION!  208
by Eric Canosa

In this lesson, students learn to fl esh out their characterswith all the details that make them feel real. We start by killingthem off (sort of), using a brief obituary to really figure outwhat’s important in the character’s life. Good forgrades four and up.

47 SONNETS WITH SUPERPOWERS 211
by Sarah Green

Do you want to write poems that can: see in the dark, travelinvisibly, breathe underwater, or fl y faster than light? In thisworkshop, we look at the basics of the sonnet form, and learn howto craft creative new sonnets the likes of which you’ve neverseen. Best for grades four and up.

48 BEST IMAGINARY VACATION EVER!  214
by Micah Pilkington

Where would you go if you could go anywhere? What wouldyou do? This lesson plan invites students to imagine their dreamvacation and turn their fantasy into a compelling story. Good forany age, but especially for fifth grade and younger.

49 WHAT’S THE SCOOP? HOW TO GET THE REAL STORY 218
by Mark de la Viña

In this lesson students learn the basics of journalism and tryout their newly acquired interview skills. Best for grades five andup.

50 THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK REPORT  221
by Rebecca Stern and Brad Wolfe

In this inventive lesson plan, students respond to books throughcomic panels. Best for grades four and up.

APPENDIX

EVALUATION RUBRIC 225

SELF-ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST 226

COMMON CORE CURRICULUM STANDARDS 227

826 CENTERS AND STAFF 255

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