Grade levels: 7-10

Lesson Objective: The Learner Will Be Able To:
  1. Reinterpret the information of the 1925 climb in order to create a personal account.
  2. Write a well-constructed short story or narration using a first-person voice.
  3. Present their account using dramatic elements to improve the storytelling experience.
Materials:
  • Pens, papers, word processors.
  • Costumes (students can bring their own or you can bring in some generic floppy coats and hats etc...
Lesson Process:
1. Now it is the students’ chance to become the storyteller! Just as you did to introduce the 1925 climb, the students must write a narrative in the first person describing the climb from the perspective of 80 years later. They must adopt the persona and voice of one of the climbers, and imagine that the story is being told around a campfire in Dawson City, Yukon. Read out a few of the quotes, so that they get an idea of how the climbers wrote and what style of language to use. Their story must include all of the pertinent details of the climb, be engaging and interesting, and convince the audience that it was really written by an old, old climber. Alternately, they could choose to be the wife/son/daughter/ neice/nephew/friend of the climber, and tell the story from the perspective of that narrator. Encourage the students to come up with something unique and creative. They could have been one of the people hired to help the climbers get to the mountain... there are no limits!

2. Go over the elements of good narration. See your classroom writing guide or text for assistance. You may choose to include a peer-editing day, in which students read each others’ accounts and then provide constructive feedback. Go over this process before it begins - with examples of constructive feedback. You may choose to use the “Dirt Sandwich” approach - two strong points of the narration with one area of improvement in the middle.

3. Finally, have a couple of classes for storytelling. Bring in tea, juice, comfortable seating. If you have the capacity, you could even go outside and make a campfire to sit around for storytelling. Encourage students to really get into character. Use costumes, wigs, etc. to increase the effect. They may choose to bring in props. One by one, students tell their stories. Make a real party of it. What a great way to wrap up a unit!