This part of the lesson plan will likely take at least a few days. Explain that today students will become authors and write about their own past birthday party. Allow students to choose which past birthday party they want to write about. If they cannot think of one, allow them to make one up. Explain to your students that sometimes authors take a real event and turn it into a fictional story.
Have students complete a prewriting strategy. A good one to use with this writing assignment is to complete a story map. Have students fill out a basic story map that includes characters, problem and solution, and main events. If students cannot think of a problem and solution for their story, allow them to create a fictional one. Circulate and help as needed.
Next, have students write their stories. You can decide how long the stories need to be. When students have finished writing, have them edit and revise their stories. Peer editing, where students trade and edit each other’s stories, works really well in most cases, including this one.
Next, when students are ready to make their final copies, have them do it on construction paper. Have them turn it into a book. When they have finished their final copy, have them illustrate the book. Finally, bind the book. You can use a hole punch and ribbon or yarn to tie it together. You can also staple it.