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Lesson Plans
My Awesome, Amazing, Very Good, Super-Great Day Story
3rd–5th Grade
Objectives Objectives
  • Students will listen to, recall and interpret information from literature.
  • Students will make connections to their personal experiences.
  • Students will write a descriptive paragraph.
Materials Materials Needed
Introduction Introduction

Read aloud Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to your class.

After you read, ask students to recall the things that happened to Alexander that added to his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Then ask students to think about what could have happened differently to turn Alexander’s day into an awesome, amazing, very good, super-great day. Invite volunteers to share their responses.



Prewriting: Provide each student with a copy of the graphic organizer. Ask students to make a list of events (both realistic and extraordinary) that would turn a normal day into a very good day. For example, realistic events could include getting an A on a test or finding a dollar on the ground. Extraordinary events could include soaring on a rocket to the moon. Encourage students to list at least three or four events in each column.

Drafting: Give each student a sheet of writing paper. Prompt students to write the title “_______________ and the Awesome, Amazing, Very Good, Super-Great Day,” using their name in the blank space. Have students write a fictitious story about what would happen to create the best day they have ever had. Encourage them to use Judith Viorst’s story as a model.

Revising: Tell students that they are going to revise each other’s stories to make the descriptions more vivid. Have them exchange papers with a partner. Instruct them to read through their partner’s story and circle bland or common adjectives like “nice” and “good.” Encourage students to replace those words with more interesting adjectives such as “pleasant” and “phenomenal.” Then prompt students to circle nouns that could be described more colorfully. Have students make suggestions to their partner on how they could improve the word choices to make their story more exciting.

Editing: Have students return the stories to the authors. Encourage students to make the suggested revisions. Then pass out copies of the Revising and Editing checklist. Instruct students to read through their stories again, using the checklist to look for additional ways their writing could be improved.



Invite a few student volunteers to share their stories with the class.

Extension Activity

Extension Activity

Invite students to publish their stories by creating their own book. Provide students with construction paper and crayons, markers or colored pencils. Instruct them to include one or two sentences on each page, along with an illustration. Then help students use a hole punch and string to bind the pages together. Place the completed books in a reading center for the whole class to enjoy!

the 3rd–5th grade lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)




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