Literary Foundations: Wintery Snowman Story Mapping

Which story map should you choose?
  • Making the family connection: Discuss the above slide. Which story map would you want to use for today’s writing practice? *PreK-1st: you will read the story to them and they can draw what happens in the story. Guide them in a re-telling of the story (beginning, middle, end). Invite an older learner to scribe their re-telling. 2nd-3rd: Invite them to sketch the snowman image, then they fill in the missing information (hat=snowman’s characteristics; head=tells the beginning of the snowman’s tale including the name and where the story takes place; the body=tells an adventurous middle of the story; finally the bottom=tells the solution/ending of the snowman’s adventure). 4th grade +: Using the 4 Square story map, they draft bulleted ideas for Sneezy the Snowman‘s story (characters=MC Sneezy plus 3 more characters + description of the setting + Sneezy’s problem + the solution/ending). Next they draft 6 adjectives that will describe Sneezy in further detail. *Their extension: Draft a 3 paragraph story (B-M-E), as well as an action illustration block for each of the paragraphs (B-M-E).
  • Materials: family learning journals/paper, pencils, colored pencils, and/or crayons
  • Remind: them to open their journals to the next available page and date it. Don’t forget to have them label the top of the page with today’s learning topic/skill.
  • Next: Invite each learner to be ready for a Snowman story presentation after dinner (include popcorn and audience behaviors. Have fun!

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