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Make a Splash! Using Dramatic Experience to “Explode the Moment”
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 45-minute sessions plus additional writing time|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (HarperTrophy, 2000)
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Walker Books, 2005)
- Holes by Louis Sachar (Yearling, 2000)
- Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Aladdin, 2006)
- Transparencies and overhead projector (optional)
- "Explode the Moment" Criteria
- "Explode the Moment" graphic organizer
- Completed Sample "Explode the Moment" graphic organizer
|1.||Plan a dramatic experience to motivate your students to focus on and write about a specific event. The initial experience should be unexpected and somewhat shocking so you can emotionally hook students into the lesson. Ideas for the dramatic experience include:
|2.||Select a dramatic excerpt from the books listed in the Resources or a book your students are reading and make an overhead of it. Look for examples that focus on a moment in time and are rich in sensory details, images, and vocabulary. The excerpt should make students feel like they are experiencing the moment with the character. This lesson uses chapter 1 from Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos as an example.
|3.||Find three to four additional examples of dramatic excerpts in other published works, such as chapter 1 in Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, chapter 20 paragraphs 35-42 in Holes by Louis Sachar, or chapter 1 paragraphs 1-3 in Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Make copies of one excerpt for each pair of students.
|4.||Make a transparency or a chart of the "Explode the Moment" graphic organizer and make about three copies per student.
|5.||Review the steps of the writing process. Plan to model revising a piece of your own writing for students.