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The Wolf That Would Forgive: The Stubborn Young Bear

School: Four Rivers Charter Public School

City/State: Greenfield, MA

Grade(s): 8

Format(s): Children's book

Subject(s): English Language Arts, World Language

Type(s): Narrative

Writing Assignment Description

Eight grade students at the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, Massachusetts created a book of fables for an audience of intermediate elementary readers. Each student created an original fable with an animal protagonist. They conducted field research at a number of local elementary schools to be sure that they wrote in language that would be understandable and compelling to younger readers. Students worked through multiple drafts and received critique from peers and experts.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Demonstrates the use of the fable to teach personal character and self-improvement to younger students
  • Excellent example of narrative text
  • Strong example of children’s books as a project format in middle school
  • Attractive format which enhances the genre

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using relevant details and event sequences that make sense.
  • With support from peers and adults, I can use the writing process to ensure that purpose and audience have been addressed.
  • I can use evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research.
  • I can produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
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