Writing A Thanksgiving Day Story

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Grade Level
Middle School
Length of Time
1 hour

In this lesson, students will write a Thanksgiving Day Story using some or all of the words included in the worksheet. These stories can be fiction or non-fiction (Personal Essays).


Students will learn:
To use specific words in a story
To write a non-fiction or fiction story
To use description
To organize a plot and develop the story

Materials Needed

Pencils and Erasers or Pens and whiteouts
Notebook Paper


First, you will copy the worksheet so that each student will have a copy.

Then, you will explain the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Most of the students should know the difference, but some students may have forgotten.

Fiction: Students will create a theme, setting, characters, dialogue, and narration, for their stories. The plot, which is the structure of the novel, should develop in an organized manner.

Their main character needs to face some type of conflict throughout the story and come to a resolution by the end. The climax, which is the high point of the story, needs to be the time where the main character has to decide which way to turn.

Non-fiction: Students will develop a story in the same way they would for a fictional story. The difference in this type of story is the characters and the other elements. These elements need to be true. They can write about an experience in their life of a past Thanksgiving Day.

This is a personal experience story, so students should write this in first person point of view. A personal experience story is a story where the narrator tells something that happened in their past.

After that, you can have them choose which type of story they would like to write.

They will use the following worksheet. Students need to use some or all of the words included in the worksheet. They also need to include descriptions that appeal to the senses. Worksheet - Writing A Thanksgiving Day Story

Directions: You will choose the type of story you want to write: fiction or non-fiction.

Then, you will write a Thanksgiving Day Story and include some or all of the following words in your fiction or non-fiction story:

Turkey, Thanksgiving Day, Thankful, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Table and Tablecloth, Chairs, Decorations, House - Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room - Guests, Desserts, Dishes, Silverware, Glasses, and Activities.

Some of the words are suggestions. You need to describe the house such as kitchen, dining room, and living room.

You also need to describe these room using the senses, touch, hear, sight, smell, and taste.


You can grade them on sentence structure, paragraph structure, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and if they have include at least some of the words in the list.

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