Writer's Workshop Mini-Lesson Plan

Lesson Focus: Using Voice   


Literature used:  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka                                 


Introduction:  "Today I'm going to read a book entitled The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Who knows the story of the three little pigs? (Summarize briefly).

Did you ever think that there might be another side to this story?"


Teaching:  "An author's voice and individual style is an important part of keeping us interested in a story. As you listen to this story, listen for clues from the author to help you understand the wolf's personality."


Active Involvement:  Elicit responses from students after reading. Read the selection aloud a second time, this time asking the students to write their observations on Post-its. Across the top of your white board, write the headings: personification, humor, element of surprise, and point of view. Briefly review the meaning of each category. Student will post their notes after the second reading. Discuss their findings.


http://www.eduplace.com may have some additional resources for Point of view or author's craft.


Applying the Skill or Strategy: Write an introduction to a popular fairy tale, using voice to establish an alternative character's point of view.