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In this lesson, you will broaden your understanding
of the book, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet and get to explore
your creativity. You will be expected to participate in group activites,
writing projects, and assessment activities duringth course of this assignment.
Chasing Vermeer Your Way
CA Content Standards: Grade
Narrative Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate
3.6 Identify and analyze features
of themes conveyed through characters, actions, and images
2.1 Write narratives:
Establish and develop a plot and
setting and present a point of view that is appropriate to the stories.
Include sensory details and concrete
language to develop plot and character.
Use a range of narrative devices
(e.g., dialogue, suspense).
1.1 Use simple, compound, and
compound-complex sentences; use effective coordination and subordination
of ideas to express complete thoughts.
1.2 Identify and properly use
indefinite pronouns and present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect
verb tenses; ensure that verbs agree with compound subjects.
1.3 Use colons after the salutation
in business letters, semicolons to connect independent clauses, and commas
when linking two clauses with a conjunction in compound sentences.
1.4 Use correct capitalization.
1.5 Spell frequently misspelled
words correctly (e.g., their, they're, there).
Students will use the narrative
writing structure to show evidence of reading comprehension and written
language proficiency by creating a multi-paragraph alternate ending to
the story Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet. They wil use grade
level appropriate grammar and punctuation.
tIn your literature groups,
create a plot map of the story Chasing Vermeer on the chart paper provided.
Include a description of the characters,
setting, problem, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
Download and print an image for
the following elements: setting, rising action, climax, and falling action.
letters, pentominoes, picture of University of Chicago, Vermeer paintings,
Glue each image next to the plot
emelent on the chart. To locate images, perform an image search at
Be prepared to share your plot
map with the class.
Using your plot
map as a guide, type an alternate ending to the text in the Criterion lab.
Be sure to include detais about the setting, climax and falling action.
Your ending should pick up at chapter 22, when Calder and Petra decide
to follow the two men to the museum and sneak in. The story
should have dialogue and a resolution that makes sense.
gets caught and held for ransom; Petra discovers that Mrs. Sharpe has been
behind the entire crime after all...
Meet with your literature
groups and share your alternate endings.
Work with your group members to
revise each ending. Check for meaning by reading aloud to one another
and asking "does that make sense?" (organization). Make suggestions
to your group members about how to include dialogue if needed, sensory
details (word choice), building suspense, etc.
Use the editing checklist to peer
edit, then self-edit your work.
Prepare to publish your ending.
Using the 6 Traits Rubric:
4 - Home Run, exceeds expectations
3 - Triple, meets expectations,
but could go a little further
2 - Double, approaches expectations,
1-2 required elements,
1 - Single, does not meet expectations,
missing several required elements
materials for full rubric.
Resources & Supplementary Materials
For reviews of what other
kids think of the story and to get ideas about alternate endings:
for Alternate Ending