We continued to explore figurative language, considering hyperbole with this project, enriching a tall tale genre focus from our Reading Wonders series. 

          We were challenged to write short, descriptive paragraphs in which we were asked to:
"Pretend that you’re an adult with kids of your own, and your son/daughter wants to miss a day of school to attend the coolest sporting or concert event. Write an excuse note to his/her teacher for the missed day of school. Did Bobby’s tight shoes cause a severe toe injury? Did Sally’s dog eat all of her clothes, therefore prompting an emergency shopping spree? Be as creative as possible."

          We reviewed parts of a friendly letter, continued to approach writing as a process, and showcased wonderful word plays and creative senses of humor.

This project aligned with the following Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards:
PACS E05.C.1.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information
PACS E05.C.1.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
PACS E05.D.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage
PACS ​E05D.2.1.4 Choose words and phrases for effect
PACS E05.A-V.4.1.2 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
3.7.5 Technological Devices

(Writing prompt courtesy of Writer's Digest Magazine, "Kids Assignment" Contest March 2006)
Excuses, Excuses
written by Mrs. Dingman's 5th Grade
April 2016
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