Creative Writing: Halloween
Grade Level: 2nd
Teacher of Lesson:
Approximate Time of Lesson:
- The students will become more acquainted with the Book-making
unit by listening to a book about 'authors' (Knowledge).
- The students will identify practice incorporating the
different aspects of a story (character, setting, plot, etc...)
into their own seasonal story after reviewing these
- The students will practice their writing abilities and begin
brainstorming for story topics (Application).
- The students will create the first story that will go into
their books (Synthesis).
- What Do Authors Do, by Eileen Christelow
- Writing paper
- Pumpkin diagram
- Read the book What Do Authors Do to the class to
further get them acquainted with the book writing unit.
- Discuss the role of the author.
- Review character, setting, plot, conflict, climax, and
- Have the students create their own 'Pumpkin' story rough
draft. Make sure that the story has a name and the students have a
name for their pumpkins. Write on the board:
This Halloween I carved a Pumpkin. It was not an ordinary
pumpkin, but it was a very special pumpkin
- Make sure that their 'Pumpkins' is the main character of their
- When the students are done with their writings, have them
start drawing what their pumpkin looks like while you are
proofreading their work.
- Once the work is proofreaded, conference with the students
about their work.
- The students can make any changes and write the final
- When completed, the stories and pictures can be put into the
'seasonal' chapter of their books.
*The assessment is done while the teacher conferences
with the students. Are the students pleased with their writings?
Are they capable of making changes (do they make changes)? Have
the students incorporated characters, setting, plot, etc...into
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