Lorrie Tom's Writing Recipes
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Mrs. Tom's Writing Recipes

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There is No Place Like My Favorite Place

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Categories: Borrowed line, micro-story, inspired by a picture book, favorite place

Extensions:  After students write their own pieces about a favorite place, do another version about the setting in a novel, a state, a colony, or a region in the United States.  They collect details from the novel, or facts from your social studies book to describe the location.

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I Love Lists Like This

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Categories: Poem, Valentine's Day, list

Extensions: After writing their own I LOVE lists, have students write one for a character from a novel or a historical person.  If students are writing reports about famous people, this could be an introductory piece, mixing informational writing with poetry.

Click on the video for detailed writing recipe and sample poems.