Conversation Hearts Lesson
February 11, 2008
Essential Question: Can you use "valentine's" words to create a creative narrative?
Lesson Objective: Students will be able to create a heart shaped narrative for the purpose of entertainment.
S.C. State Standard: 5-5.4: Create written pieces such as picture books, comic books, and graphic novels to entertain a specific audience
The teacher will model the activity by opening a bag of conversation candy hearts. The teacher will then pick 5 of the hearts and use their "sayings" in a creative story. The teacher will have the students help him/her create the story by telling them the "saying" in which they are trying to incorporate into the story and the students have to make a sentence using the "saying" that goes along with the story. Once the teacher has modeled a narrative that uses atleast five of the candy heart's sayings, the students will try it on their own. The students will repeat this activity on their own, only they will glue the candy pieces down on the paper where the corresponding "saying" would fit in the sentence.
The teacher can use a checklist or a rubric to see that the students have used atleast 5 of the candy heart "sayings," that the students have written in narrative form, and that the students' narrative is creative and the content makes sense.
This activity is great for creative writing. It also helps to develop grammar skills such as punctuation and capitalization. My students love this activity and I love reading how creative they can be. It also makes a great hall display once the hearts are finished.