a) Discuss what it is like to have a bad day. Relate to the class a bad day through the eyes of a teacher.
b) Brainstorm together, using the web below, specific details that make up a bad day.
c) Read aloud to the class Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst.
d) Give students their own web to use at their desks, for ideas about their own bad day.
)This graphic organizer should be used to brainstorm ideas for student writing.
a) Have students work independently using ideas from their brainstorming web or other ideas, to construct a "sloppy copy" on the AlphaSmart of their most horrible day. Explain to students that the "sloppy copy" will be used to get their ideas on paper, not as the final copy.
b) Walk around the room conferencing with individual students.
Some of the questions that may be asked are:
Was this the worst day you ever had?
Can you think of anything you left out?
How did you feel that day?
Can you think of any words you can use that might describe this day better?
(The teacher may have these cues downloaded into the AlphaSmarts.)
c) Download and print the stories.
a) Ask students to reread their rough draft. Explain that the revising process gives the opportunity to decide what they need to add to their story and what they should take out.
b) Have students get into groups of two or three to read their drafts and get feedback from their peers. Explain to students that they should not to be critical of each other's work. The purpose of getting into groups is to help each other with their writing.
c) Let students rearrange, add to or delete material from their rough draft to help clarify and refine their writing.
d) Assist students with describing their worst day with a mini-lesson on adjectives.
Introduce the mini-lesson with the question "What is an adjective?"
Give examples of adjectives and ask students to give some also. The teacher will give examples such as terrible, horrible, awful, etc...
To provide guided practice, the teacher will ask for volunteers to use an adjective in a sentence.
Also visit the site below as a class to learn more about adjectives.
To apply this knowledge, ask students to reread their papers to determine if they could use some adjectives to describe their day better.
)This website has information on adjectives.
Visit the site below and review the editing process.
)This site has a presentation about the editing process.
Have students edit their final copy.
Students will then turn their stories into slideshows by downloading text to each slide or copying and pasting the text to the slide.
Allow students to present their stories/slideshows to the class.