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Writers Workshop: Learn about Family Oral Stories from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" author, Jeff Kinney!

Listen to the interview of Jeff Kinney, best selling author of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". 1. video Watch the video and listen to how his family's tradition of oral storytelling helped him become an author. 2. 🤔 Think about the family stories your family tells over and over again. 3. add Tap the add button. 4. drawing Use the drawing tool or pencil and paper to write down one of your family stories. Draw a few simple cartoons and dialogue bubbles to add details to your story. Add a title to your story. 5. photo Tap the camera and take a photo of your story if you used paper and pencil. 6: mic Tap the mic to share the title of your story and read at least one paragraph. 7: check Tap the green check to save to your journal. Optional: Write the entire story down as a gift for someone in your family. Include cartoons to add humor. Family Why: Research shows that when children know their family stories they feel connected and make better choices when they get older. Writing down family stories and adding cartoons is an excellent way to practice writing and have fun together.

3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 4th Grade, English Language Arts, Art, Home Learning
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Compatible with: Chromebooks, computers, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Android phones, Kindle Fire

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This activity encourages your students to connect with their families through their family oral stories.Students can select one story to write and illustrate with simple cartoons. Written family stories make great gifts for other family members. You can modify this activity based on the skill and age of your students so they have an opportunity to expand from writing one page to an entire story. You can encourage your students to find inspiration for illustrations from the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series or other authors you know your students enjoy. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3