Writing Resources => Cause & Effect => Topic started by: jfrydman on October 14, 2011, 06:44:38 PM

Title: Fortunately, Unfortunately - An activity for younger learners
Post by: jfrydman on October 14, 2011, 06:44:38 PM
Fortunately (http://www.amazon.com/Fortunately-Remy-Charlip/dp/0689716605) is a wonderful children's book by Remy Charlip and a fun way to introduce the notion of cause and effect to young learners. Here is an excerpt from the book:

"Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party.
Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away.
Fortunately, a friend loaned Ned an airplane.
 Unfortunately, the motor exploded.
Fortunately, there was a parachute in the airplane.
 Unfortunately, there was a hole in the parachute."

Read this book to your students and then have them write their own "fortunately, unfortunately" stories or poems. When I was in third grade, we each made our own "fortunately, unfortunately" picture book (with one only sentence per page and a picture on the opposite page) and the activity was a huge hit.

Or, instead of having each student write their own poem, story, or book, do this activity as a story round. Each student writes a sentence beginning with "Fortunately" at the top of their paper, and then everyone passes their paper to the right for the next person to write an "Unfortunately" sentence that connects to the sentence before it.