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In this lesson, students will write a story from the point of view of a turkey near Thanksgiving
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Title – Thanksgiving: A Turkey’s Point of View
By – Laura Beeler
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 3rd- 5th Grade
GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: Language Arts, Writing, Celebrations
- 1. To expose students to several stories from different points of view.
- 2. To engage students in creating a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast different views on the same topic.
- 3. To provide students with the opportunity to write a creative story from a characters point of view
- Students will explore “point of view” in literature and their own writing.
- Students will create a VENN diagram to display two different points of view towards Thanksgiving.
- Students will write a story from the point of view of a turkey near Thanksgiving.
- The Three Little Pigs
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Mr. Wolfe
- Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini
- ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilky
- Large Sheet of Paper for a Venn Diagram
- Notebook Paper
ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES:
- 1. Read with the students the two separate stories about the Three Little Pigs. Use these examples to illustrate point of view and the effect it can have on the story.
- 2. Using a VENN Diagram, organize the students’ thoughts and feelings about the Celebration of Thanksgiving, first from the classes point of view and second from a turkey’s point of view. Highlight how extremely different one celebration can be viewed from two different groups.
- 3. Have the students create a plan for a story from a turkeys point of view and how they escape being eaten on Thanksgiving. Read the stories Piggie Pie and Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving to help generate ideas about animal escape
- 4. Students write stories from their plan making sure to have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Use any self, peer, or teacher editing that applies.
5. Share stories for Thanksgiving!
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