Plaza Famila|May 22, 2012 10:00 am

Fourth Grade: Writing about Settings Using Mentor Texts

Standard 4.W.4:  Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

Materials:  “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett book

Pieces of lined and un-lined paper (for writing and illustrations)

Story Map:


Practice:  Tell your child you will be reading, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” with him/her.  Inform him/her that your focus while reading this book will be on the setting and how the setting changes due to the weather conditions.  Tell them that when you are done reading this book, he/she is going to work on writing your own version of the story using 3 different meals for weather conditions depending on the type of day.  So, if it is morning, it will rain some sort of breakfast food.  For example, “I looked out the window and saw strawberry jam clouds forming.  Suddenly, pieces of toast started falling from the sky!”  He/she will be writing and illustrating this story so pay close attention to how this author changed the settings due to the changing weather conditions!

When you are done reading, give your child the following story map to help him/her plan the weather events that will happen during breakfast (first), lunch (second), and dinner (third).

Pre-approve the story map for clarity before your child starts working on his/her books and illustrations.

When your child has finished his/her story, check it over for clarity, spelling, grammar and punctuation.  Then, have him/her share it with the family before a meal!  Bon Apatite!


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