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Students will write a fantasy, fairy tale or science fiction story in the first-person narrative form. The lesson plan can be used by either 4th or 5th graders.
Time Required: 6 – 10 language arts class periods
Day One—Set the Stage:
1. Lead a discussion of the following genres of fiction—fantasy, science fiction, and fairy tales. Be aware that there are overlaps in the three genres, but that some distinctions do exist.
How are fantasy and science fiction different? (Fantasy could never be real, often characterized with mythical creatures, while science fiction incorporates a scientific element, such as space exploration or time travel that could be real.)
What kinds of characters do you often associate with fairy tales? With fantasy?
What genre would you say the following books are? Sleeping Beauty, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jack and the Beanstalk, Harry Potter, Commander Toad, Dragon of the Lost Sea, and others with which your students may be familiar.
Day Two – Develop Story Elements:
1. Review the story elements of setting, plot, characters, conflict and resolution. Remind students that they will be writing their stories in the first-person, so that they will be one of the main characters. To help students prepare for writing their first drafts, distribute a set of Recipes for a Good Story work sheets to each.
2. Ask students to return to their Brainstorming worksheets and use their ideas to plan their story elements on the Recipes for a Good Story worksheets. Remind them that their stories are works in progress, with options for adding and changing as they are developed.
Assignment: Finish your Recipe of for a Good Story recipe cards, if not complete.
Day Three—Peer Review of Story Elements:
1. Divide class into groups of three students for peer review. Each student shares their Recipes for a Good Story with their group. Group provides feedback on story elements, with both compliments and suggestions.
2. After small group discussions, give students this direction: Now that you are familiar with one another’s characters, setting and plots, ask each author one to two questions that they must answer “in person”–from the perspective of the character in their story. Try to make your questions ones that will help your classmates develop or clarify their story elements.
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