The following lesson builds on the work of the i3 Pathway Project in collaboration with UC Irvine’s Writing Project and UC Santa Barbara’s South Coast Writing Project.
Click here for the complete “All Summer in a Day” slide tutorial.
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Create a sun-shadow mandala from Margot’s point of view.
It is five to 10 years after the end of “All Summer in a Day.” Writing from Margot’s point of view, draft a letter to your classmates. Remind them what happened on Venus, explain how your life has changed since then, describe how the experience affected you, and conclude with what you learned from it. Use your imagination–this is science fiction, after all–and evidence from the story to craft your letter.
After you write the letter, get feedback from at least one of your classmates. Read your letter out loud to your partner and give him or her time to write back.
Dear _____________________________ (Student Writer’s Name),
You sounded like Margot when you said…
I could tell how the incident affected Margot when you said…
When you revise, you could do the following to make your letter more effective:
Practice using the 5 Basic Brushstrokes. Revise your letter from Margot by adding one or two brushstrokes.
Use Google Slides as your portfolio platform. You can either create your slides from scratch or use this template.
Compile examples of your best writing from the year. Include at least one of each of the following writing types:
Next, take time to revise and edit each piece. Make every piece of writing as close to perfect as possible.
Finally, write a reflection about your growth as a writer so far this year. Each reflection should—
For examples of how to write reflections, read Ms. McMillan’s final portfolio presentation here (slides 4 – 7).
Remember, we are all writers and we are all on a writing journey together. If you write from your heart and proofread carefully, I know you will feel proud of what you can accomplish.