So You Want to Be the Easter Bunny?
Students will be able to write a job application for the Easter bunny.
- Invite the class to join you for a read aloud. Say, “Today we are going to learn about a magical creature called the Easter Bunny. As many of you know, Easter is a holiday that some people celebrate in the spring and the Easter Bunny is said to deliver special eggs to children during Easter.”
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Read aloud the The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen
- As you read, pause to ask students questions about the text and clarify any unknown words.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Ask the students what they have learned about the Easter Bunny from the book. Answers will vary and might include: rabbit, kind, works hard, etc.
- Tell the students that today they will be applying for the job of the Easter Bunny. Explain that when you apply for a job, you need to write an application. An application is a piece of writing that describes how they are qualified for the job and why someone should hire them.
- Model filling out part of the Easter Bunny Application worksheet by asking students to think of things they could write.
- Tell students that in order to get the job, they will need to be very persuasive, to convince the Easter Bunny that they are the best choice for the next Easter Bunny.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Pass out the Easter Bunny Application worksheet for each student to complete independently.
- Offer additional support to students by having them tell you their answers to each question while you record their thinking. This will encourage them to generate more ideas before writing.
- Have students write an additional letter describing why they are the best candidate for the job in their own words.
- As students are writing, circulate around the room to see what students are writing and to prompt them if they need support.
- Collect work samples and assess if students were able to use persuasive language in their applications.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Gather students back together and pretend that you are the Easter Bunny.
- Invite 2-3 students to come to the front for an “interview” with you. Ask them some of the questions from the application.
- Have the class share what they thought went well in the interview.
- Tell the class that you will read over the rest of the applications and make your decision soon.