Aesop's: Lion and The Mouse

For students of 2nd to 2nd grade.

Learning Objectives
Students will be able to create a title and plan for writing a fictional story.

Introduction (10 minutes)
Read aloud a favorite fiction book to your class, such as Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin.
When finished, ask your class what they noticed about the title of the story. Point out that the title matches the story, gets you excited to read, previews something that might happen in the story, etc.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
Tell students that an important part of being a writer is planning what to write.
Explain that when you begin to plan out a story, you can use the title of your story to grab your reader’s attention, because the title is the first thing a reader will learn about your book, kind of like a preview of your story.
Provide additional examples of fictional books where the title matches or previews the story.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
Demonstrate how you might plan fairy tale story using the Story Planning worksheet (you can write this up on the whiteboard or project it).
Go over each section of the worksheet with the class. Review or introduce the meaning of setting (the location of your story), character (who the story is about), problem (what happens in the story, what is the issue?), and solution (how does it end or get resolved?).
Pause in each section and have your students turn and talk to a partner about their ideas for each section of the planning worksheet.
Share out student ideas for each section and choose one or two ideas to highlight on the example planning sheet.
Review how to plan a story and model thinking aloud to choose an appropriate title that matches the story by previewing one element from the planning sheet.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
Pass out the Story Planning worksheet and explain that students can draw pictures as well as write words in each section.
Circulate around the classroom and record student thinking on their work as needed.
Enrichment: Have more advanced students begin to write out additional details for each section of their story.

Support: Provide struggling students with a variety of fiction books to inspire their story ideas. Work with them to connect each section of the story planning and title process.
Assessment (5 minutes)
Invite students to share their Story Planning worksheets with a partner.
Collect the worksheets to use in another lesson.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
Allow two or three students a chance to share their story planning sheet with the whole class. Ask the other students to provide feedback of something they found interesting and/or a question they had. Model providing feedback as needed.
Review the planning process as needed.