Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A Map of My Pet: Creative Writing Lesson
I recently did a creative writing project based on "My Map Book" by Sara Fanelli which was talked about during a writing workshop we did this year. The purpose was to move students to the Advanced designation on our Analytic Writing Rubric under the Word Choice category. Since so many students struggle with lackluster word choice we began the lesson by describing a picture of a dog using precise and colorful vocabulary. We put some words like "big" and "small" on the banned word list and generated graphic organizers with alternative word choices. The lesson plans are in the Smart Notebook file. Take a look at it here. The students had a blast and loved writing directly in Smart Notebook.