Writer’s Workshop Mini-Lesson Plan


Lesson Focus:  Mood

GLCE: W.PS.05.01

Literature used: My Momma Had a Dancing Heart

Introduction:  “We’re going to read My Momma Had a Dancing Heart By Libba Moore Gray.  This book is full of various moods.

These moods are conveyed through language and illustrations.


Teaching:  What are different moods that you have? What words can you use to describe these moods?

(Write student responses, make lists of descriptive words, collect phrases that show, don’t tell)


Active Involvement: Write moods on sticky notes to be displayed on board in front of class.  Have the students pick one to work on. Students write feeling snapshots throughout the reading of the book in their learning log.  Students share entries they made upon completion of reading.


Applying the Skill or Strategy:  Students write a  piece based on a mood.  Students should focus on using vivid verbs and adjectives dealing with mood.  Students will trade papers and use knowledge to discover the mood of their peer. Have them write stars and wishes about what they read.