Creative Writing Climax Day

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SWBAT write a creative climax ONLY.

Big Idea

Do you notice the climax? What are some characteristics of the climax?

Reading Log Check-In & Silent Reading

30 minutes

Whenever possible, I begin my lessons with silent, independent reading. During this time, I actively monitor their reading progress by checking their out-of-class reading logs and engaging in reading conferences that cover a variety of topics.


To find ways to enact this section, please see my strategy folder.

Teacher Read Aloud: "So B. It"

15 minutes

Today, during the read aloud, we approach the climax of "So B. It" By: Sarah Weeks. Kids are hooked on the plot. I read aloud from this chapter and at the end, I pause and ask for signs that we've reached the climax, remembering that the climax is when the main conflict is at its worst.

Creative Writing Climax

20 minutes

I explain today's assignment by posting these Climax Writing Directions on the board:

Today, you'll need to write only a climax.

Check out these starters for ideas.

Students gathered in a circle chanting "down with dress code!"

 The butterfly's wing broke into two, perfect pieces...

As he looked one way, the yellow school bus started rounding the corner at a speed of 65 MPH.

This assignment's purpose is two-fold. Students practice they're writing skills by writing only a climax; kids prove that they understand the concept this way. Also, tomorrow, I'll introduce the write-around concept. Students will add on to one anothers' pieces by creating falling action and resolution.

Here is a Student Sample: Climax Writing Assignment.

"The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes"

15 minutes

At the end of this lesson, we begin the documentary "The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes."

This correlates with our Overcoming Obstacles Unit, because someone who is blind and uses echo-location to "see." It's a fascinating documentary and streams live from YouTube. However, I recommend cutting off the first few minutes if you have squeamish kids. He has to put his "eyes" in and take them out, and this is shown on camera at the start of the documentary.