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Imitating Author's Style using shaun tan Images

Using one of the four Images below, students will create their own story beginnings imitating Jennifer Lanthier's writing style.  

Images come from shaun tan's, "Tales from Outer Suburbia". 

Student handout to accompany these images found in Google Classroom.

This experimental writing is to be put in with your Writing Log Duotang.  

You may wish to submit it formally for a mark at the end of the month. ;)

Students used SEASONAL PARTNERS to expand on their ideas and incorporate different perspectives after each step in the writing process from the worksheet above.

Theme Snowball

How can we write our own insightful theme statements?
Think of this theme exercise like a snowball that starts out small and builds to something great and unexpected because of the help from our peers.

What is theme?  and  How do I find theme in a literary work?  Watch this "How to find Theme" to answer these questions.

Follow these simple steps to create an interesting theme statement:Read the entire text. "Stamp Collector"Make a list of all the possible topics in the story.Identify the one subject that speaks loudest to you.Think, "what does the author want me to learn about this idea?": Write... The author believes____________________________ about the topic.Cross out the author believes and revise the statement.  (make sure its specific and interesting)          
See our class model below:

Using Pair Share Square strategy students generate theme statements and identify the best of these ideas to find supporting evidence from "The Stamp Collector"…

Daily Visual Writing Prompts

Find our choice of daily writing prompts at Visual Writing Prompts.  If you miss one from class, see the dates below. : )

This week we've been writing about the theme of "The Stamp Collector". Our first visual writing prompt is about devices bringing us closer together or further apart.

The Stamp Collector

To begin our journey as young writers we will closely examine a few texts and imitate the author's style in small pieces of writing.
Students will discover what is unique to Jennifer Lanthier's writing style. First we will read to understand the story and its message. Then we will identify powerful words and sentences in the book and adopt them in a piece of our own writing.  

This student handout can be found in Google Classroom.

When identifying the central message, we need to look to the central character and think about a topic that's most important to them in the story.

BOTH characters are concerned with stories.

What does the author want us to learn about stories? (why are they important / what do they do?)

The author believes that Stories make people hopeful and connect us to each other.

Here are some observations about Lanthier's use of words:

Writing Log

Writers Write!

Today we began a new unit!  We are unleashing our thoughts on the page by writing every day using Visual Writing Prompts.

Our goal is to make writing more automatic and build a writers' tool kit.  We'll share our strengths and help each other improve the quality of our writing.  

Student Writing Log Handout can be found in Google Classroom.

Visual Writing prompts:

Students will focus on these 
Powerful Questions:

To gain some first hand experience with our unit's essential questions we experimented with graffiti.  Find this discovery handout in Google Classroom.