My teaching partner Racquel came up with the idea of giving the kids pictures from the Chris Van Allsburg's book, "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick" and having them write their own mysteries. I did some research and came across a great unit on Teachers Pay Teachers from Rundees Room. (only $3.00, I have purchased many items from her shop) I followed her lessons to get the children motivated to write their own mysteries.
Day 3- We generated a Mystery Anchor Chart. (I have added ways to include more suspense to my chart since this photo was taken.) We began writing our short stories. I use four-square graphic organizers for all of our writing.The kids were so motivated and had no problem getting started!
Drafting, Revising and Editing- The children worked for several days on these steps.
Publishing and Sharing and Other Extensions- Children have been sharing their stories as they finish.
I have one group that is creating a script and making their story into a play...auditions are on Monday! (I love creative kids!)
I designed a PowerPoint slide show of their illustrations and recording the groups reading their stories onto their slides.
Chris Van Allsburg has recently published a collection of tales written by popular authors including Lemony Snickett, Kate DiCamilo and Stephen King! I purchased the audio book from Itunes and the children are listening to their story written by the published author.