Animal Talk: Mixing Fact and Fiction- (K-6) Based on several “faction” (fiction/non-fiction mix) type stories. Students will discuss non-fiction/fiction and what makes a good story for both genres (beginning, middle, end, action, description, point of view, etc.) Author will discuss research techniques, accuracy, etc. Students will learn how to write a “faction” story using live animals (walking sticks, snakes, millipedes.) Groups will brainstorm and chart different animal facts and use this information to begin a story in first or third person. Primary grades will create a group story.
There’s a Dinosaur in my Backyard! Creating Realistic Fantasy (3-6) Based on story Grandpa’s Grapevine and middle grade novel, The Puzzle Seed. After a brief discussion about fantasy/reality, students will learn how to mix the two to create the realistic fantasy genre that includes the following components: realistic setting, characters with real problems and real facts. A quick art activity and over head projector activity will lead students into writing a quick group fantasy story. Students will choose an item out of the “magic bag” to begin a first paragraph or outline of a realistic fantasy story.