Lesson Plan:

A Special Occasion

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August 24, 2015
by Margie Morrissey

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to generate, gather, and organize ideas and information for an intended purpose and audience.

Lesson

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell your students that today they are going to be talking about special occasions.
  • Raise a discussion on special occasions. Potential questions include: What is a special occasion that has happened lately? Why was it being celebrated? How was it celebrated?

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Explain that stories have a beginning, middle, and end. Explain that sequencing a story means putting it in order.
  • Ask your students to come up with their favorite stories.
  • Pick one story to use as an example, and have the students identify the beginning, middle, and end.
  • Model how to sequence the story on the board.
  • Ask students for suggestions as you manipulate the sequence.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Give out the Sequencing Your Day worksheet for students to complete.
  • After the worksheet has been completed, help your students come up with special occasions to write about.

Independent Working Time (25 minutes)

  • Instruct your students to begin writing about the special occasion, paying attention to the beginning, middle, and end.
  • Hand students five or six index cards, and instruct them to illustrate their stories.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Ask your students to write an imaginative story that is not real! Have them be creative with a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Support: Have your students illustrate their stories before writing.

Technology Integration

Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Make sure that your students' stories have a beginning, middle, and an end.
  • Ensure that your students can answer the 5 W's about their stories.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Wrap up the lesson by reminding the students that they always need to have a beginning, middle, and end in proper sequence when writing a story.
  • Ask for volunteers to share their stories.

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