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Dougal the garbage dump bear storytelling as a stimulus for 3 different creative writing lessons

Grade Level Grades K-5
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Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear is a heartwarming   little story about  a teddybear  who ends up at the garbage dump  and is rescued by the garbage dump attendant with a whole host of other toys with whom he starts a whole new life adventure.

This book won the Australian Childrens Picture Book Award in 2005 and one unique feature of the book is that the photo illustrations depict the very same  teddy bear that author Matt Dray who also worked as a garbage dump attendant  rescued and took home and who inspired Dougal's story 

The photo illustrations of this very same teddy bear  are gorgeous appealing and poignant  and speak to the hearts of readers young and old 

I used this book with a variety of different grade levels and evolved 3 different very successful  creative writing lessons 

I encouraged children through their discussion and story writing  to give expression to their feelings and emotional  connections to their own  toys  

Detailed lesson plans are included  in the uploaded file

(a) One of the creative writing lessons involves the children wrting a letter to Dougal  and can include teaching points for young children  such as basic introductory  letter set outs   with  a salutation and a sign off

Children also had fun with developing their own  fancy signatures .to sign a the end of their letters   

(b)Another of the lessons involves children relating a personal story about one or more of their favorite toys     

(c)The other lesson involved more of a story review with key questions to prompt reflection on  important aspects of the story to  consider and comment on in their reviews          

One important overall theme to discuss with the children is Dougal's reflection  at the end of the story where he considers that sometimes in  life  bad things need to happen so that good things can happen which translates basically as 'when one door closes another one opens ' . 

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July 10, 2020
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Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

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Brilliant Well thought out lesson plans for a variety of different creative writing lessons to suit different age levels