Writing a What-If Story
Lesson Objective
In this lesson, you will write a what-if story about predicting weather.
Background Information for Teacher
Student Prior Knowledge
Weather Watchers. pdf

Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Before You Write
Use the Sequence Chart (Step 3)
to help you review the main events in “Weather Watchers.” Begin by thinking about what happened
first and what happened last. Then think about three main events that happened in between. Fill in the boxes to show the events in
the order in which they happened in the story.
Writing a Draft
Imagine this: What if Lucy’s dad had asked the students in Lucy’s class to make a guess about the weather before they had learned
about tools for studying the weather? Would they have used Kai’s grandmother’s toe and the animals on Cecilia’s farm? Would they
have found a way to learn about weather tools? Write a what-if story that answers this question. Tell the events in order.
Reread your draft, looking for places that need improvement.
Revise by: • making sure you tell your story from the “he/she” point of view. • adding dialogue between characters.
Elaborate by adding details that make the climax, or high point of your story, more exciting.
Dialogue needs special punctuation. “The fire fighters are exhausted,”said fire chief Bill Young. “Watch out for the falling limb!”
shouted Max. Place quotation marks before and after the person’s words. End the quotation with a comma or an end mark. This
mark should come before the quotation mark.
As you edit your draft: • find characters’ spoken words. • make sure they are enclosed in quotation marks and end with a comma or
other end mark.

Editing Checklist
Did you also remember to. . . correctly spell words with the Greek suffix -ist (such as meteorologist) and the Greek root meter (such
as barometer)? use the correct form of commonly confused words like its/it’s and there/their/they’re? use a dictionary or a spell-check
function to make sure you have spelled words correctly?
Revising Your Final Draft
Use the tips below to evaluate your own work. Put a checkmark after each question to make sure you completed each stage of the
Did you complete the Sequence Chart?
Did you write a what-if story about Lucy’s class finding out about the weather?
Did you: • make sure your story is told from a “he/she” point of view?
Add dialogue between characters?
Did you: • correctly punctuate dialogue?
Check your spelling with a dictionary or a spell-check function?
Use feedback from this chart to improve your story and prepare a final draft.
Publishing Your Final Draft
Put your story together and name your collection Weather or Not?, or come up with your own clever title.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete the lesson
Extra Practice worksheet
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
When did it happen? (offline) worksheet