Reflection: Adjustments to Practice A Scary Day at Yellowstone National Park - Section 2: Application


This was a very simple lesson plan, and although a teacher may not choose to use "Old Faithful" as the subject, the concept for writing about a place of interest remains the same. Choose a location/Give background in the form of video and-or pictures/Read a location passage and-or informational text/Share the prompt.

Finding or creating a captivating prompt is key.  The kids will engage with the writing a lot more if they're excited about their topic.  Having said that, I did not discuss this with them as much as I should have. Having a scary experience at Yellowstone meant something different to the kids, then it did to me.  It's because I didn't clarify what definition of "scary" I meant.  In fact, a number of kids who thought they were writing about a "scary" experience ended up writing more of a "surprise" that occurred when they saw the geyser blow. I expected them to write mystery stories, but didn't specify that.  It's not a big deal, just a reminder that if you want your students to perform a certain task, it's important to state exactly what it is.

As it stands, I'm going to set their mystery stories at some other location...and that will be fun, too.

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A Scary Day at Yellowstone National Park

Unit 12: Creative Writing Fun
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: TSWBAT to apply understanding of Yellowstone National Park toward creative writing about a day spent there.

Big Idea: You'll never believe what happened!

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