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