Sometimes students struggle to remember all of the story parts and how the parts of a plot work together to pull readers along.
We reviewed the main parts of a story and then discussed how all of these story pieces and parts come together to create something “delicious” for the reader. That’s when one of my students called it “Story Stew!” It was definitely an impromptu lesson path – story stew? Really?? But as teachers, we just roll with it!
We brainstormed and developed a quick spur-of-the-moment picture on the whiteboard.
My class LOVE developing their ideas into mini story anchor charts to put into their interactive notebooks, so that is where this lesson went. While they worked on their own mini-versions – (they are so creative!), I worked on my good version to keep hanging in the class for the next several days. Here is how mine turned out.
Of course, we like to keep some extra room at the top to add more “ingredients” over the next couple of days, but this is what they brainstormed today. They recognized that the mentor text included many details, and their writing did not. They discovered that the mentor text included similes and their own writing did not.
Finally, they realized that they were missing some Excitement! So we discussed how the details, similes, and excitement were like seasonings – salt and pepper – to add that extra ZING and PIZZAZZ! They GOT it! (I hope!)