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Narrative writing in response to "The Devil and the Scavenger"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons draws on "The Devil and the Scavenger" by Kate Milford. Students plan, draft, revise, and edit a narrative by noting the decisions Milford made in crafting the story.

Lessons

  • Plan an oral folktale

    In this lesson you will learn how to plan an oral folktale by brainstorming and answering questions about the prompt.

  • Organize an event sequence by making a circle plot map

    In this lesson you will learn how to organize an event sequence in a folktale by making a circle plot map.

  • Model the style of an anchor text

    In this lesson you will learn how to apply a new approach to your writing style by modeling after the style of an anchor text.

  • Write exposition in an oral folktale

    In this lesson you will learn how to to write the exposition of your oral folktale by using your circle plot map to tell and then to write the beginning of your folktale.

  • Add detail using description, dialogue, and pacing

    In this lesson you will learn how to show the responses of characters to situations by using dialogue, description, and pacing in your folktale.

  • Write a conclusion using a circle plot map

    In this lesson you will learn how to write a conclusion for your folktale by using the plot points and style notes on your circle plot map.

  • Use transitions to signal contrast, addition, and other relationships

    In this lesson you will learn how to use words and phrases that signal contrast, addition and other logical relationships by adding transitional words and phrases to your draft.

  • Combine sentences in narrative writing

    In this lesson you will learn how to increase reader interest and to strengthen your own style by combining sentences.

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