The next day I will tell students they will be writing their own stories like the one Wolf writes. As a class, we will brainstorm a story that follows the pattern of Wolf’s story. Students will help me create a story like “Footprints in the Sand,” a story about a snake, who finds footprints in the desert. I will model filling in a “Cast of Characters” for our Class Story. Then, I will give students time to brainstorm their own stories and complete a “Cast of Characters” for their tale.
In the next lesson, we will discuss dialogue in “Footprints in the Snow.” I will make giant speech bubbles with poster paper. We will locate the dialogue for each character in the story and write the words on the bubbles. We will act out the dialogue as a class. We have done this with other stories and my students beg to practice over and over again.
Then, we will use our “Cast of Characters” to plan the dialogue in our stories. I will model how to write a speech bubble for each character in our class story. I will give students time to write the dialogue for their own stories, using the speech bubble sheet.
Then, I will model how to used the speech bubble sheet to construct a story. I’m sure students will be eager and ready to do the same with their stories.