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Buddy Stories

Kim Forgione

Description

Students will write and illustrate short stories to share with a younger class of -Buddy Readers-.

Objectives

The student writes for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes.

Materials

-Several easy books written for kindergarten or first grade
-Writing and publishing supplies such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, plain or colored paper, stapler, glue, tape,etc.
-Chalkboard, white board or chart paper
-Checklist for Buddy Stories from file
-*Optional: camera and film to take pictures of your students sharing their stories with their Buddy Readers

Preparations

1) Arrange to share stories with a younger class if you don't already have Buddy Readers.
2) Check out several easy books for kindergarten or first grade from the media center.
3) Gather materials for writing and publishing.
4) Copy the Checklist for Buddy Stories for each student.
5) Purchase or borrow a camera and get film.

Procedures

Day 1
1) Check out several easy books from the media center and share one or more of the stories with your class.
2) Brainstorm the differences and similarities between the easy books for younger students and the more difficult books read by your students. List their responses on the board or chart paper.
3) As a class come up with a list of criteria for what makes a story interesting and engaging for younger readers. Example: illustrations that are bright and go with the text in the story, a simple story line that younger students can easily follow, a funny or catchy title.
4) Inform students of their assignment to write and illustrate short stories to share with their Buddy Readers. They may write a story to entertain their Buddy Reader or write to inform.
5) Brainstorm a list of possible topics for stories and record their responses on the board or chart paper.
6) Pass out the student copies of the Checklist for Buddy Stories and clarify the requirements. Take these forms back up to be used later in assessment.
7) Allow students time to get started on their Buddy Stories.
Days 2-4
1) Allow students time in class to work on their stories and illustrations.
2) Assist and conference with students as needed.
3) Schedule a special time to share finished stories with Buddy Readers by contacting the teacher of your Buddy class. If you don't already have Buddy Readers, arrange to have your students share their stories with a class of younger students.
4) Direct students to put the finishing touches on their stories and share them with their classmates for constructive feedback before reading them to their Buddy Readers.
5) Teacher completes the Checklist for Buddy Stories to assess each student's work before they share with their Buddy Readers. Do this checklist in conjunction with students' sharing their stories with their peers. Conference with individuals who need to make revisions. Make sure students understand that they must pass the checklist before they can read their stories to their Buddy Readers.
Day 5
1) Share finished stories with Buddy Readers.
2) Take pictures of the event and get two copies--one for each class.

Assessments

Use the attached Checklist for Buddy Stories to assess students' stories.

Extensions

Students could bind their stories as individual books or put them all together in one book to donate to the media center for other students to check out.

Attached Files

Checklist for Buddy Stories with assessment instructions     File Extension: pdf

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