little hot dog
hereís my bun
Put me on the grill
until Iím done
Add some mustard
take a big bite
and gobble me up!
Hot Dog Party
Summary: A fun lesson to reinforce the 6-Traits of Writing. I have
a hot dog party to reinforce the six traits of writing. The hot
dog represents ideas. The students' ideas must be plump, juicy and
full of spices. The bun represents organization. The tip of the
bun is the beginning, the crease of the bun is the middle and the
bottom of the bun is the ending. Without the bun, the story and
the hot dog would roll around aimlessly. The condiments represent
voice. As our hot dogs are dressed in an unique way, each child
has a unique voice that they bring to their writing. The chips
represent sentence fluency. No two chips are alike as are no two
sentences alike. The soda represents word choice. Students'
stories must have energetic verbs and descriptive words to create
the visual images the reader needs. Like the soda, the story must
be alive with fizz! The hot dog party itself represents
conventions. Students realize they must edit their work for
spelling, punctuation, paragraphing and grammar mistakes. Students
really understand the qualities of good writing when presented in
this fun party fashion.
Submitted by: Ursula White URSNJEFF@email-removed, a third
grade teacher at Hartly Elementary School in Dover, Delaware. This
tip was published in the
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