Writing Fantasies

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10391

In this lesson you will explore writing a fantasy story with familiar picture books and the use of graphic organizers.



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Do you ever daydream of flying or being a character from a favorite story?

When you use your imagination anything can happen, even impossible things!

Let's' explore writing a fantasy. A fantasy is a story in which something impossible is written as if it were real. This genre includes elements such as animals that talk, magical powers, and faraway lands.

Download the Fantasy Graphic Organizer found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. This document includes a T-Chart, Brainstorming, and Editing Checklist which will be used in different parts of this lesson.

Take a look at two stories (below) and list on the Fantasy T-Chart the elements you notice which make them fantasies

Where the Wild Things Are (ebook):

Could Be Worse:

Have you listed the characteristics of fantasy stories? Now, list the characteristics for realistic stories. After you complete the T-Chart check your answers with Answer Key before moving on to the Got It? section.

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