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Make a Splash! Using Dramatic Experience to "Explode the Moment"

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions plus additional writing time
Lesson Author

Victoria Polega

Austin, Texas

Audra Roach

Austin, Texas


International Literacy Association


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August 27, 2013

I am so excited for this set of plans! This seems like a fantastic way to introduce narratives. I was looking for something catchy for my 4th graders, and I found it. I can't wait to have a masked creature burst into my room and cause a scene. :) Thank you!


Yoana Georgis

May 20, 2013

This was by far and away one of the BEST introductory writing lessons I have ever done for giving kids the tools to be able to write a personal narrative. I had a parent volunteer put on a horrific halloween mask and jump out from behind my desk banging a gong and bellowing just as I was trying to explain to students the idea behind exploding the moment. For theatrics, I ran at her and she lobbed water balloons at me. The class was shocked to say the least, but they were able to write a very detailed and creative personal narrative based on what they had seen, heard, and felt. This was a launching pad to writing about "It happened to me" a personal narrative that exploded a moment in their own life outside of school. Even my non-writers did great. I teach third grade and got EXTRAORDINARY results. I highly recommend this lesson. I did opt to use a different mentor text however than the one that was sited. I used a section from a book called "Soup" by Robert Newman Peck.


Crystal Suehs

February 08, 2011

Hi there! I'm so excited to find the author's of this lesson. I was just telling my third graders about a class that I observed when I was in college at UT Austin. It was your class! I thought you were awesome!



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