Lesson plan

Once Upon a Sentence...

Do your students like to read or write crazy stories? Do they students need a refresher on the different parts of a sentence? Help them with both using this fun activity-based lesson.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

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

(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?
(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.
(10 minutes)
  • Complete the worksheet as a class, calling on the students in order to fill in each blank.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • Evaluate students' worksheets and observe their participation to assess their understanding of the lesson content.
(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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