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I am doing UOS for the first time this year and was looking for some lesson ideas for my 2nd graders for the Realistic Fiction Unit. Here is what I have so far:
1. need to reintroduce booklets (3 page- I'm assuming is to focus on beginning, middle, and end: 5 page- more added details)
2. Use Peter's Chair and Henry and Mudge books to model
3. Character Development- stories have a strong character- create one as a class to model throughout the month
4. Problem- story needs a problem
5. Strong Ending/Solution

These are just my thoughts, but I need to know what other mini lessons I should do to develop the students' writing throughout the month.

Also, Anyone have any good Authors as Mentors for December? Our 1st grade does Angela Johnson and Donald Crews- looking for new and interesting authors that would support good writing.


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We are using Kevin Henkes, Faith Ringgold, Tomie dePaola, and Patricia Polacco.

This is what I have for Realistic Fiction and it is not mine. I am looking for more also!
1. Good writers get ready to write realistic fiction by listing problems from stories.
2. Good writers get ready to write by thinking about problems from their own lives and listing them.
3. Good writers get ready to write by listing solutions to the problems they found in stories.
4. Good writers get ready to write by thinking of different ways to solve problems in real life.
5. Good writers develop characters by thinking about their external characteristics/traits.
6. Good writers develop characters by thinking about their internal characteristics.
7. Good writers create the mood for their story by describing the setting with weather and time of day.
8. Good writers add drama to their stories by getting their character in trouble/giving their character a problem.
9. Good writers stretch your character’s problem across pages by having the character try to solve the problem more than once.
10. Good writers write about a made-up character by using he, she, or it, but not I.
11. Good writers show, not tell their characters’ problems by adding dialogue.
12. Good writers make their stories realistic by having characters solve their problem. (No Magic!)
13. Good writers stretch out the character’s attempts to solve the problem by using small actions.
14. Good writers make their readers feel like they are in the story by showing them what the characters see.
15. Good writers make their readers feel like they are in the story by showing them what the characters hear.
16. Good writers make sure their stories are believable by conferring with a partner and asking, “Could that really happen?”
17. Good writers make sure their stories include a problem by rereading.
18. Good writers write a strong lead by describing the weather and time of day.
19. Good writers write a strong lead by starting with talking.
20. Good writers write a special ending by finishing with a strong feeling.
21. Good writers edit by adding quotation marks around the words the characters are saying.
22. Good writers edit their writing by using an editing checklist.
23. Good writers publish their work by designing a cover and writing an author’s blurb.
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Here is another, again not mine!
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Realistic Fiction
A Second Grade Unit of Study
A K-2 child's understanding of Realistic Fiction
*a made up story that could have happened to humans living in the everyday world
*a story that could happen, but did not exactly happen to the writer
*the character's name is not the same as the author's
*the character has a problem
*the character works out the problem (solution)
*the story is not written in the "I", "Me", or "My" voice
What are the goals of a Realistic Fiction unit of study?
Teach students how to...
*develop a ficitonal character (close to the author's own age)
*write realistic fiction with a focus on problem & solution
*think of different possible solutions to the problem that the character faces
*build tension and create suspense
*include all elements of story learned from reading into writing
*use the strategies learned from the previous narrative writing units (dialogue, internal thinking, show not tell, tiny details and stretching the important part) with increase independence
How many stories is a child apt to write in this unit?
*Kindergarten writers might write 4-6, then revise one of them
*First grade writers are apt to write three, then revsie one extensively
*Second graders might write and extensively revise only two...perhaps three
What are some possible "bends in the road" for this unit?
*Bend 1: Generating Realistic Fiction Stories - writing stories that include elements of realistic fiction: realistic character, problem, solutions.
*Bend 2: Writing fiction stories really well, so that the stories are crafted so that the problem the character encounters is developed, tension is built and story language is used.
Bend 3: Drafting stories and pausing in the midst to revise in ways that do the above and also develop characters and bring out detail. Revision can also involve rereading and revising a favorite previously written story
*Bend 4: Revising and Editing and Publishing to Share Our Stories
What are some possible conferences?
*"Could this really happen? Is this believable?"
*"Getting into trouble?"
*"Coming up with solutions?"
*"Adding dialogue"
*"Adding internal thought"
*"Envisioning your character"
*"Building tension"
*"Writing powerful endings"
*Showing, not telling character feelings
Read Aloud: Touchstone Texts:
The Stray Dog by Marc Simmot
Jamaica's Tag-Along by Juanita Havill
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
Jessica by Kevin Henkes
The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill & Laura Hulisksa-Blith
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovel
Goggles by Ezra Jack Keats
"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate by Bob Graham
Amanda's Perfect Hair by Linda Millstine
William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
Not Norman, a Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennet & Noah Z. Jones

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Thanks Liz for all that information!!! I have been looking for stuff on realistic fiction and haven't found anything until now. I now can start my file on realistic fiction so I can use that later in the year. Thanks again.


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I have taught a realistic fiction unit for years now. IT is by far my children's favorite! We do it as one of our last units of study. The previous post with the unit of study looks similar to the one my grade level wrote with some trainers back when we created it. I do not have my unit with me but it goes something like this (some of these lessons last more then 1 day)

1. What is realistic fiction?
(realistic character, setting, problem, solution, and character
changes)
2. Create a character within a year of your age. (name, age, family,
likes, dislikes, hobbies)
3. Create a portrait of character and then write descriptive phrases
(important for when they learn to embedded this in their writing
later)
4. Create personality traits for character and when they act that way
(shy when they are with new people, excited when talking about
sports....)
5. Role play being character and then reflect on day in writing
6. Template: event, problem, solution, how character changes
(fill out 2)
7. Story board story across 6 blocks and then oral telling to
partner(s)
8. Start writing. Since students have story boards to use and I do
this in late spring we just use wide ruled paper.
9. Focus lessons on not writing in I, embedding setting, embedding
character traits, lead sentences, stretching out the moment,
showing not telling, showing character change, sticking to story
board

That is the best I can do off the top of my head. This is one of the only units of study that I have not typed focus lessons for because they were all mapped out by hand when it was written back in the day. I hope this makes sense! My students write 2-5 stories depending on the length. As they finish each story they revise and edit it. These stories are SO long I typically publish this unit by having parent volunteers type the stories and then the children do their illustrations. I create my own character (but my age) and have all support staff in my room create one as well. This works so well for modeling each step and as well as the role play of characters. I use the Amber Brown picture books for my touch tone text (Get ready for second grade amber brown)
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Thank you!
If you think of anything else to share I would love to hear it!

What do you do in Reader's Workshop? I was planning on doing the character studies, just wanting to see what others do. I also would like to extend this unit into Dec. since Nov is a crazy month in NJ, with conferences, teacher convention and then of course Thanksgiving break.

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Since it is spring I am often doing an author study on Patricia Polloco. During this time I am review all of the comp. strategies from the year.
I use her stories during writer's workshop for the examples of embedding setting, embedding character description, character traits, leads, closes, showing and not telling, and change in character. This unit takes me 6-8 weeks to teach due to the time it takes (1.5-2 weeks) to teach the lessons that build up to actually writing.

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Thanks for all the ideas
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It's great to get ideas from others and to check in and see if I am working in the right direction! These UOS are amazing- my students have been coming in this past week with "stories" they have made up at home that they want to share with the class. It seems as if every time my students show an interest in something new- it goes right along with our RW and WW and what we are about to cover as a class! Uncanny!!!
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You mentioned that you taught RF in the Spring. I was thinking about teaching it a bit later as well so I could tie this unit in with a reading workshop unit on elements of fiction. My question is, which UoS do you teach in November?

I want to thank you and Liz for posting your ideas for this unit! I am saving them for when I do teach it. They are tremendously helpful! You are both so generous to take the time to share!

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I am moving into teaching a unit that is a combo of the how to books and mentor unit that I created with my grade level and a staff developer. It is an ABC concept book unit with Jerry Palloto (hmm...spelling) as a mentor author. I love this unit. The children write books about topics that they are experts about (ballet, soccer, taking care of a dog, video games) and use Jerry's techniques (telling facts, using humor, asking the reader a question...). I tie in some of the lessons from small moments of telling across the fingers and show not telling. If you are interested in hearing more send me a private message and I will email you.

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I am also interested!

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When I did this unit last year I used Vera Williams. It worked out well and the kids enjoyed her books.
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That checklist was great! Really clear and kid-friendly. I was looking for something like this. Thanks.
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I am interested in this unit if you stioll have it!
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I would love a copy of this unit as well!

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Angela Johnson is what they use to model in the units of Study, but I'm planning on using Ezra Jack Keats this year. His writing goes well with the techniques they model in the Writers as Mentors unit.
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