First, I printed the pages that I wanted to use, cut out and laminated the pieces and put a piece of magnetic tape of the back.
The first time I used it in my room, I used it in stages.
The first day we introduced the characters. I started with “Sid” and “Lauren”.
I told the kiddos that they should choose 1 character to focus on. I stuck those pieces on the board.
Then, we talked about describing those characters and what traits they may have.
We had a great class brainstorming session.
Then, I sent the kiddos off with a piece of draft paper with a “web” graphic organizer on it and they started by describing the character that they chose.
The next day, I put up the “plot” and setting cards. I put up “making cupcakes” at “school”.
Then, we had an amazing class brainstorming session about what problems could happen with making cupcakes. I started the discussion with “Who chose to make their character a nice person?” I got a handful of hands in the air. “What kinds of problems could a nice character have if they were making cupcakes at school?” I got a flurry of answers. The kiddos had a great time coming up with problems (some I never would have thought of). Then, I asked “Who made their character a mean person?” A lot of hands went up. “What kinds of problems might there be with a mean character making cupcakes at school?” They had a great time with this one. They had no trouble coming up with mean and ornery things that a mean character could do! They were chomping at the bit to go write their stories after our session! It was neat to watch how excited they got! So, how can you generate this type of writing excitement in your room?
This set comes with a ton to get you started!
This mega pack as 95 pages in a zip file!
Character Pieces (both boys and girls)
Character Trait cards
Blank Character Pieces
Speech and though bubble pieces
Plot cards(each with 4 different scenarios)
Setting Cards (with different scenarios)
Writing Paper with Graphic Organizers both vertical and horizontal with 4 different writing lines styles. Plus cover pages to make your own story friend journals if you choose.
This set also has some teacher suggestions and ideas.