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Lesson Plan: Walk In My Shoes

Subjects
Language Arts

Grades
K-2
3-5
6-8

Brief Description
Students write a story from the viewpoint of a shoe. They tell
where they have been and where they are going as well as
feelings they have experienced.

Objectives
Students
- create a story with an interesting beginning, middle, and end.
- use voice in telling fictional story events.

Keywords
creative writing, story elements, point of view, shoe, perspective

Materials Needed
- collection of various sizes and styles of shoes from different
eras and in
different physical condition
- pencil and paper
- camera (optional)

The Lesson
Ask friends and relatives, as well as students, to donate a variety
of shoes in different styles, sizes, and states of repair. Visit thrift
shops and garage sales for unique finds. Display shoes in
boutique fashion in your classroom. Use fishing line to hang some
from the ceiling; prop some on tablecloths and other places.

Give students time to admire the shoes. Discuss who might have
worn the shoes and to which types of events or activities. Think
how the shoes came to be in the condition they are and what a
person might feel under the circumstances. Ask students to
transfer their ideas and feelings as the write a story from the
viewpoint of one of the shoes. In the story, students might relate

- how the shoe wound up with the owner or owners;


- events and activities the shoe took part in; and
- feelings the shoe might have experienced as a result of its
circumstances.
Remind students to write with in the shoe's voice (first person),
as if the shoe was experiencing everything themselves.

Provide a digital camera (or a throwaway camera) so each


student can take a photo of the shoe to display with their story.

Assessment
Invite students to read their stories to the group and post their
story and picture on the bulletin board. Use the voice and fluency
rubrics to assess students' work.