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Empowered Fiction Writers: Generating and Organizing Ideas for Story Writing

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access

  • Timers (optional)

  • Highlighters or colored pencils (optional)

  • Overhead projector (optional)

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1. Familiarize yourself with the description and key concepts of speedwriting (free writing) and the specific suggestions offered by each of the Web resources.

2. Arrange access to computers for Session 1 and bookmark some or all of the Web resources on the computers.

3. Print (enlarge if possible) and post the four posters provided: Purpose of Speedwriting, Benefits of Speedwriting, Important Rules for Speedwriting, and Plot Plan.

4. Make a copy for each student of the Student Speedwriting Log, Story Organizer handout, Plot Plan handout, and Story Organization Rubric.

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