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Lesson Hook and Objectives: 5 Minutes
Teacher should begin by asking students if they can think of words that might not be
in a dictionary. Responses might include “slang words” “curse words” “proper
nouns” and/or “foreign words.”
If students do not name it themselves, the teacher should also mention that,
obviously, fictitious words are not included in the dictionary either.
Teacher should then explain the purpose of today’s lesson and review the two lesson
objectives with the class.
Introduction to New Material: 10 Minutes
Teacher should ask students to think of instances in which they have heard fictitious,
non-sense, or made up words.
Teacher should ask the class to name (or make up) a few fictitious words. Teacher
should then ask different students what they think each fictional word could mean.
This will likely be a lively and fun class conversation but teacher should also remind
students that today’s lesson will build their knowledge about dictionaries and also
give them the opportunity to create new words that they might incorporate within
their creative writing in the future.
Guided Practice: 10 Minutes
Teacher should ask a student to read the following excerpt from Dr. Suess’ book The
Lorax. Teacher should tell students to listen to the passage and identify any fictional
words they hear.
And that Lorax?...
HE didn't show up anymore.
But the next week
he knocked on my new office door.
He snapped, "I'm the Lorax who speaks for the trees
which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please.
But I'm ALSO in charge of the Brown Bar-ba-loots
who played in the shade in their Bar-ba-loot suits
and happily lived, eating Truffula Fruits.
"NOW...thanks to your hacking my trees to the ground,
there's not enough Truffula Fruit to go 'round.
And my poor Bar-ba-loots are all getting the crummies
because they have gas, and no food, in their tummies!
"They loved living here. But I can't let them stay.
They'll have to find food. And I hope that they may.
Good luck, boys," he cried. And he sent them away.