Lesson Plan:

Once Upon a Sentence...

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September 25, 2015
by Elizabeth S. Tyree
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September 25, 2015
by Elizabeth S. Tyree

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use different parts of speech appropriately to complete a fill-in-the-blank fairy tale.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell students that today, they're going to work on writing a story. For this story they'll have to remember their parts of speech.
  • Conduct a quick review with students about the different parts of speech. Suggested questions include: What are the parts of speech? What is an adverb? Can anyone tell me what a noun and a pronoun are?

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Display the Crazy Stories: A Trip to the Beach worksheet.
  • Explain to the students that today's stories are already partially written. Now they have to fill in the blanks with the correct parts of speech.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Complete the worksheet as a class, calling on the students in order to fill in each blank.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Pass out the Fairy Tale Fill-in-the-Blank worksheet.
  • Read the instructions out loud to the students, making sure they all understand what to do.
  • Have students complete the worksheet and turn it in when finished.



  • Enrichment: Allow advanced students to create their own short fill-in-the-bank stories (they can exchange their stories with other friends).
  • Support: Struggling students may be allowed to work in pairs to complete their worksheets. They may also have their stories shortened or partially filled in by you.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Evaluate students' worksheets and observe their participation to assess their understanding of the lesson content.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Take two or three of the completed worksheets and read a few sentences of each to the class (without including the authors' names).
  • Compare and contrast the different stories. Ask questions such as: How did these stories turn out so differently when they all have the same blank spaces? Who can tell me why each story is a little different?

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