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.