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The Vocabulary Fashion Show

writing a script for an imaginative fashion show that personifies favorite vocabulary words

This lesson was built for WritingFix based on a proposal from NNWP Teacher Consultant Sandy Madura. It was revised in 2011 to include an optional writer's notebook component.

The mentor text:

Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier tells the story of a vocabulary fashion show and a student who personifies her vocabulary word.


An original R.A.F.T. Writing Assignment:

Role: Audience: Format: Topic:
A fashion show announcer Very wealthy socialites looking to buy beautiful clothing a one-minute script that would be read while a model is on the runway vocabulary words!

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This is a writer's notebook-friendly lesson! This lesson has been recently revised to incorporate the creation of a writer's notebook page as part of the pre-writing process. A teacher model of the notebook page can be seen at left. Click on the image at left to see a full-page, printable version of the writer's notebook page inspired by this newly revised lesson. You can visit WritingFix's Writer's Notebook Resources Homepage to access more lessons and prompts revised to inspire effective modeling of writer's notebooks for our student writers.

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Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Inspired by Debra Frasier's clever vocabulary fair from her book, Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, individual students will imagine what a vocabulary fashion show would be like. Assuming the role of a fashion show announcer, students will write a script that describes a personified vocabulary word's stroll up and down the runway at a creative fashion show. Students will then team up with students who've scripted different vocabulary words, combine scripts, add transition words in between the "models," and perform their vocabulary fashion shows for the class. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is organization; writers plan for a story that has an interesting introduction and conclusion, and a story that is woven in between a repeated use of an original catch phrase.  The support trait in this assignment is word choice ; in between the repeated catch phrase, students will develop ideas in the form of sentences that are different from one another.


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