Students use fortune cookie fortunes as the basis for story writing. Included: An art idea for creating a bulletin board.
fortune, fortune cookie, Chinese New Year, China, luck, writing, creative writing, Six Traits, setting, character
Prepare students for this lesson by reviewing the basic elements of a good story. If you teach the Six Traits process, remind students of those traits of writing -- particularly word choice, voice, and fluent sentences. This activity might also be used to emphasize how a good story includes interesting character(s), a description of the setting, a problem, and a solution.
Hand out to each student a fortune cookie. Have students open their cookies and read their fortunes. Tell them that the fortune is the basis for today's writing assignment. They can interpret the fortune any way they like. Their stories must include certain facts about the person who opened the fortune cookie and found the fortune they just read. List those ideas on a sheet of chart paper or an overhead transparency. Following are a few ideas students might be required to include; feel free to adapt this list in any way.
Once stories are completed, have students edit or peer-edit them. (This might be done using a word processing program.) If you are using a rubric, have students evaluate their own/peers' work based on that rubric.
Then display the stories for others to read. Students can create paper fortune cookies and glue their stories. They might glue the actual fortune to the corner of the story page.
Create a rubric on which to students will be evaluated. (That rubric should be shared in advance of the assignment so students have a clear understanding of what you expect.)
VaReane Heese, Springfield Elementary School in Springfield, Nebraska
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