Q4, W5

TeacherElizabeth Savory
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level8th
Week #4/22/2019-4/26/2019
Unit of InstructionThe Thrill of Horror
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.8.W.1.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences

a. Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.

b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

c. Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.

d. Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

e. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.

LAFS.8.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 

LAFS.8.W.2.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

To write an effective opening and slow down action

To describe setting using imagery

To write a suspenseful scary story with descriptive language and character thoughts/feelings

To include elements of horror in writing

To give effective peer feedback

To proofread and edit stories into a final draft

Classroom Activities

Blended Learning Station Rotations

Bell-Ringer: listen to ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ story

Type and improve drafts of scary story

Improve the following aspects of narrative: Leads, slowing down the action, powerful word choice, character thoughts and feelings, descriptive language, sensory details, and editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, etc. 

Assignments Due

Scary story first draft

Additional Resources

Power Point

‘The Most Dangerous Game’ by Richard Connell

Scary story models and prompts

Lessons that Change Writers—Nancie Atwell

VPortal for typing and editing