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This is My Story: Encouraging Students to Use a Unique Voice
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 30- to 45-minute sessions|
Teaching your students to appreciate voice is a key part of helping them develop a distinctive voice in their own prose. In this lesson, students listen to different versions of familiar stories, learning to identify what makes a strong voice. In Once Upon a Fairy Tale, the characters retell a familiar tale from their own perspectives, imparting motivation that works in a contemporary context. Students compare this retelling with a traditional version of the story in order to understand the value of a strong voice in narrative writing. They apply what they have learned in two writing activities, one creating a story with an online Fractured Fairy Tales tool, and the other writing a story or essay on a self-selected topic.
Once Upon A Fairy Tale by the Starbright Foundation (Viking Children's Books, 2001)
Olness, R. (2005). Using literature to enhance writing instruction: A guide for K-5 teachers. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.