Writer’s Workshop Mini-Lesson Plan


Lesson Focus: Mood                      GLCE: W.PR.03.03

Literature used (if applicable): Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen


Introduction:  “Have you ever read a book where you laughed or cried?  Today we are going to read a book titled Tight Times.  This book will show us a variety of moods.  What do you think a mood is?”



Teaching:  “What is a mood?” (Discuss) “Have you ever not received something that you really wanted? How did you feel?  What was your mood?” Record moods of students when they did not receive something they wanted.



Active Involvement:  Students will listen to the story. Children will write the moods of the characters in the book as you are reading the story.  After finishing the story discuss:  “What kinds of moods did the boy in the story feel?  How did you know? What did the author do to create those moods? Are the boy’s moods similar/different to the moods you were feeling when you didn’t receive something you wanted?”



Applying the Skill or Strategy:  “Today as you are writing, I want you to write a piece in which you have felt strongly about something.  When you are revising, replace some of the words that describe your moods such as sad/happy with strong words like angry/ecstatic.”