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#10 Create a Story

Lesson Title/Subject/Grade Level
Create a Story
Grades 1, 2, and 3

Materials Needed
- List of Dolch words you want the children to use or a list of all the Dolch words, including the nouns.
- Printing paper
- Pencils

Goal Statement
Students will read Dolch words and create a story with them.

State Standard Addressed
In this section, the teacher cites the state standard focused on in the lesson.

Review Previous Skills
Students should be able to read at least 20 Dolch words, including some nouns.

Anticipatory Set
The teacher should say, "Today we are going to write stories using sight words. You can make your story serious or funny."

Tell the students you are going to write the first story together. Hand out a list of Dolch words to each student.

Put a title for the story on the board; choose any title you think is appropriate, such as: My Favorite Pet; A Trip to the Park; The Big Red Dog; Five Brown Bears; My Best Friends; Silly Sentences; The Party; Down on the Farm; The Ball Game; Santa Claus Lives at my House; Animals, etc. Ask students to look at the Dolch words and use them to make a sentence to start the story. Write it on the chalkboard. Continue to ask students to create sentences as the story develops. Create four to seven sentences.

Guided Practice
Hand out printing paper and pencils.

Tell the students they will work in pairs to create stories using the Dolch sight words. Monitor and help the students as they work. Encourage them to illustrate their stories, if possible. Some students may have problems deciding on a topic to write about; provide some titles on the board that they may choose from, if they wish.

Independent Practice
Assign students to write a short Dolch word story for seatwork.

Have several students read their stories aloud.

Assign students to write a short Dolch word story for homework.