January 8-12 Lesson Plans


  • Students will complete “Excerpt Revisions and Edits” and turn in to Google Classroom


  • Students will complete “NaNoWriMo Showcase Slides,” and get it approved by Mrs. Kelley


  • The whole class will rehearse for NaNoWriMo showcase.


  • Students will polish or make any last minute improvements to the showcase.


  • NaNoWriMo Showcase in the library. Parents are invited!

November Lesson Plans

Now that NaNoWriMo is in full swing, here is what your child will be doing this month in English. Students will be able to work through each step at their own pace, and the must be completed by listed to ensure no one falls behind.

If you haven’t talked to your child about their novel yet, ask them about it. They are developing some very interesting plots, and I have loved reading what they have so far!

Complete each task to advance to the next level. Privilege Date to complete level
Level 1

  • Complete “Writer’s Eye”
  • Complete “Creating awesome Characters” pages 11-15 and write character bio on draft page
  • Set word count goal
  • Complete “Creating Conflict” pages 16-19 and write a conflict scene on draft page
  • Sign up for NaNoWriMo class using google classroom instructions
November 3
Level 2

  • Read and Complete “Outlining Your Plot” pages 20-30 flocab
  • Read and complete “Setting” pages 31-38 flocab
  • Complete “Story Map” p. 6.5
  • Read and Complete “Writing Really Good Dialogue” Pages 39-56 flocab
  • Write ¼ of word count goal
Choose seat. November 8
Level 3

  • Read and complete “Back to the Beginning” pages 56-59
  • Read and complete “Details, Details, Details” pages 60-70 Flocab
  • Read and complete “Character Interviews” pages 74-80
  • Write ½ of word count goal
Choose seat.

Listen to music.

November 15
Level 4

  • Read and complete “List, list, list” pages 81-84
  • Read and complete “Sub Plotting” pages 72-73
  • Write ¾ of word count goal
  • Create a Book Cover
Choose seat.

Listen to music.

Bring snack.

November 28
Level 5

  • Reached word count goal!
  • Create a video for Author Bio
  • Trade novels and complete each other’s pages 86-90
  • Create book trailer
  • Create book illustrations
Choose seat.

Listen to music.

Bring snack and drink.

November 30


Wondering how things will be graded this month?

Daily Grades:

As you complete each task on the list, it will be a daily grade.

You will apply the skills, ideas generated and words written to your working novel.


Test Grade:

At the end of November, you will get a test grade for your novel.

How will it be graded?

Your progress toward your word count goal will be part of the test grade. A minimum word count for a passing test grade is 1,000 words. There is no maximum word count goal.

Your novel must demonstrate that you have included all of the skills we will work through this month.

Skills to be identified in your novel:

  • Character development
  • Conflict and plot
  • Relevant setting
  • Sensory details
  • Dialogue that develops the story
  • Introduction Strategy
  • Conclusion Strategy


Lost your Workbook? Use this link to access it.

Young Novelist Workbook

October 30-November 3

This week students learning that they will be participating in National Novel Writing Month. Throughout the month of November, I will take them step by step through the steps needed to create their very own novel!


  • Entry launch with Mrs. Cooper
  • Students get introduced to the project and get their Young Novelist Workbook, YNW


  • Students will brainstorm ideas for their novel using the Writer’s Eye technique in their YNW.


  • Students will Skype with Author, Alexandar London.


  • Students will create a word count goal.
  • Students will complete Writer’s Eye brainstorming activity.
  • Students will silence the “Evil Inner Editor.”


  • Students will learn how to create awesome characters by using and completing pages 11-15 in their YWN.

December 5-9 Lesson Plans


  • Students are finishing up their guided reading novels.
  • While working with their groups students will complete a plot analysis on their novel to determine how to best summarize the novel.
  • Students will work independently to write a short, plot summary of their novel.
  • Students will work with their group to organize and film a book talk to be shown to students next year. The videos will be used to help future students select guided reading material. Students will learn how to use a video making chrome extension WeVideo.

*Students books are different lengths, so they are finishing up and completing products are different rates.


  • Students are finishing their PBL this week.
    • They will put any final touches on their products and be sharing them throughout the week.

November 7-11 Lesson Plans


*This week students do not have a reading log. They will get a new one on Thursday, November 10 that will be due November 17.

  • Guided Reading:
    • Students will continue to practice writing plot summaries with in their guided reading groups.
    • As a class, we will work read, annotate and analyze a passage of fiction to model how to apply what we have learned about fiction in a multiple choice testing environment.
  • Test:
    • Thursday and Friday, students will have a summative test over fiction. Students’ work in guided reading groups, in class, and on reading logs have prepared them for the test. However, if you they would like to study they can review notes in our reading composition book over point of view, figurative language, inferences, theme, plot, character roles and traits, tone and mood and summary.


  • Rough draft
    • Students will have a solid rough draft of their narrative by Tuesday and will spend the week working through their lessons and deliverables.
  • Final draft.
    • Students will have a final draft by Friday so they can start creating their product for their intended audience next week.

October 10-14 Lesson Plans


  • Monday
    • Students will take notes over character roles in plot and character traits.
    • Students will work with their guided reading group to analyze the main character’s role in the plot.
    • Homework: Students will read from independent reading book for at least 20 minutes and log it.
  • Tuesday
    • Students will review maps and historical documents relevant to the setting of their guided reading book.
    • Students will read with their guided reading group.
      • Homework: Students will read from independent reading book for at least 20 minutes and log it.
  • Wednesday
    • Students will try to determine the conflict in their book as they work and read in their guided reading groups.
      • Homework: Students will read from independent reading book for at least 20 minutes and log it.
  • Thursday
    • Students will select a section of their text that either explains setting, character or conflict to read as a reader’s theatre to the rest of the class.
      • Homework: Students will read from independent reading book for at least 20 minutes and log it. Students will answer question 1 on new log.
  • Friday
    • We will take notes on point of view and students will determine the point of view their guided reading text is written in.
      • Homework: Students will read from independent reading book for at least 20 minutes and log it. They will answer question 2 on new log.


  • Monday 
    • Students will complete revisions of WAR 2 Final Draft and work on typing club if done.
  • Tuesday
    • Students will share WAR 2 aloud.
  • Wednesday
    • Students will start “Why Write?” PBL with an entry launch showcasing how fiction writing influences their world.
  • Thursday
    • Students will brainstorm and determine an audience and purpose for writing a narrative story.
  • Friday
    • Students will start outlining narrative.