Writing Mini-lesson/Follow up activity: Voice Use this lesson after you have introduced the Story Map through a reading mini-lesson. 1. Discuss an event that has happened at your school/in your class/in you’re the community that the students are very familiar with. The event should be something that would cause different emotions in different people involved (e.g. a new store was built; someone broke an arm on the playground; school was closed early due to weather). 2. Put the students into 4 or 5 small groups 3. Assign each group a point of view from which they will be telling the story. 4. Tell them to put the details on the story map. Have them include the details which would best show the story from that person’s point of view. 5. Gather the class together and have each group present their story map. Discuss why each group included or left out certain details. 6. Ask students how they will decide which details to include in their story to give it voice (i.e. make it funny, sad, warning, upsetting, etc.) 7. Have students complete a story map as a pre write for their next piece.
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