For Writer's Workshop teachers covering the fantasy genre, this writing unit is a must. It is a resource containing 14 lessons that carry students all the way through one of the most challenging genres to write. The lessons fit perfectly with both the old and updated version the Columbia Teacher's College Writer's Workshop fantasy series of mini-lessons. The lessons also encourage students to use an amazing tech integration component resource ( a setting and symbolism database blog). Writing skills specific to fantasy each build from lesson to lesson. There is another content here to cover a a five week unit on fantasy writing. Teaching writing is challenging. This unit in many ways teachers teaches about what to teach in writing!
Content NOT covered in the preview file includes:
Writing that contains symbolism
Writing with dialogue
Proof reading for fantasy specific terminology
Life a line elaboration technique
Distinguishing between summary and action scenes
and much more...
For even expert teachers of the fantasy genre, this unit contains a few twists and turns to add to their portfolio of writing instructional approaches. This unit is also a perfect compliment to my other resource: Fantasy Reading.
Fantasy Writing Unit Workshop Model Complete Set of Structured Lessons
This is an outstanding 13 page unit that supports the Fantasy Reader's Workshop Unit. It is an entire unit of reading skills that can be used by any 4th-6th grade student during a course of study on fantasy. The resource begins as a tic-tac-toe menu of 9 unique reading skills that discuss reading skill related to the genre. Skills include:
Multiplicity of Problems
Elements of Fantasy
Plot lines and backstories
Setting of fantasy
External and Internal Conflicts
A list of I CAN... statements that readers should be able to do with their independent reading books
A list of archetypes for student reference
Video explanation (copy/paste link)
The idea is that the teacher models these skills using the class read-aloud and then students practice the skills through book clubs, paired reading text, or independently using their independent reading books. Students can select the best 5 or 6 skills that suit their books. Pages are created for note taking and spaces for students to record their thinking. (Students can simply use the sections to categorize their stick note thinking or write directly into the booklet.) Students would be expected to work through the unit towards the creation of the final project - a presentation of their novel in a movie trailer using iMovie (or your preferred piece of technology). Guidelines for this additional activity are also provided. This is NOT a book report unit. Citing evidence is a key component of CCSS. This units forces students to cite evidence from their stories and go further by interpreting this evidence in preparation for their final class presentations. This is perfect for getting students to truly think 'deeper' about the fantasy genre. Advanced 4th grade readers could easily use this unit too. As the reading skills are generic, they are applicable across the 5th-7th grade age range as the complexity of the novels students use should create natural differentiation. This unit is a must for any study of fantasy or for a fantasy book club unit.
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