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Objective: Students will brainstorm ideas for a short story

Trait:
Organization, writing hooks

Time: 15 minutes

Materials: colored photocopies of Norman Rockwell paintings

Procedure:

1. Display
Norman Rockwell photocopies. Have several photocopies for each image you
choose.

2. Instruct students to choose a painting that interests them and
paste the photocopy into their notebook.

3. Students will jot down words
or phrases the story bring to mind under the headings Setting, Character,
Problem, Solution.

4. After a mini-lesson on engaging hooks, students
could compose a few different hooks for the beginning of the story they have
imagined.

5. Share with partner or small group to help pick their
favorite hook.

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