by Shutta Crum
A young skunk goes home through the forest alone. Could there be danger in the forest? Can he continue even if he is afraid?
Writing Skill 5: I carefully choose the most effective words to express my ideas.
(1) Explain to students that in this lesson they will be working on an important pre-reading strategy: connecting what they know with what they are reading. Use the Graphing process.
(2) Ask students, “Which are you most afraid of: a masked face, gruff voices or spider webs?”
(3) Ask students to think of a time when they were brave.
(4) Explain to students that in this lesson they will be working on an important reading strategy: making a picture in their heads. Use the Tableaux process.
(5) Choose students to represent each page of the story in the form of frozen statues.
(6) Explain to students that in this lesson they will be working on an important writing strategy: choosing their words carefully. Use the Amazing Alternatives process.
(7) The author uses strong word choices, all in bold, throughout her book. Provide students with a copy of the story with the bold-faced words omitted. Have students choose Amazing Alternatives for these words.