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Innovation in Teaching Competition - Beyond the Textbook

First Impressions: Writing, Sensory Language and Enemy Pie

Michelle Davis
Kingsland Elementary School

Grade Level and Content Area

3rd Grade
English Language Arts


This writing-based unit uses the story Enemy Pie by Derek Munson to challenge students to think critically about perspective and improve their writing skills. Students engage in discussion with their peers to understand first impressions and why writers use sensory language to engage readers. Further, students learn to use text evidence to support conclusions and express these conclusions in a final constructed response.

Standards Addressed

English Language Arts

ELA.3.RL.1; ELA.RL.7; ELA.3.W.1; ELA.3.W.3; ELA.3.W.4; ELA.3.W.5; ELA.3.W.6; ELA.3.W.10; ELA.3.SL.1; ELA.3.SL.6

Available Materials

Unit Overview
Daily Lesson Plans
Lesson One PowerPoint
Lesson Two PowerPoint
Lesson Three PowerPoint
Presto Change-O PowerPoint
Pirate PATCH PowerPoint
Pirate PATCH Poster
Writing a Constructed Response PowerPoint
Fans and Friend PowerPoint

Video of Unit

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About the Teacher

Michelle Davis is currently a 3rd grade teacher at Kingsland Elementary School. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Valdosta State University and her Master of Education in Educational Technology from Lesley University. Michelle served as a STEM Camp Counselor for two years and currently serves as a mentor teacher for both students and fellow teachers. Her best piece of teaching advice is to remember that learning really is fun. Add some music or a video. Get in touch with your sense of humor. Students will try so much harder if they are having a good time.

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Disclaimer: The unit plans and materials on the Innovation in Teaching Competition website are aligned with Georgia’s standards through December 2014. English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards have been revised. The revised standards were approved by the State Board of Education on January 15, 2015. The revised ELA and Mathematics standards were renamed from the CCGPS to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

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