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Students will imagine that they just got an electric-powered drone and took it up for the first time. They will write a first-person account describing what they see, feel, hear or otherwise sense throughout the flight.

PROCESS:

  1. Invite students to describe a time they flew on an airplane or helicopter. Have them compare those experiences to riding in a car or on a roller coaster. Guide students to recognize that in order to adequately make these comparisons, they must analyze each experience through all of their senses.
  2. Display the image of the human-passenger drone featured in the article. Tell students to imagine that they just got one of these machines and are taking it up for the first time. Encourage them to think about what the trip would be like.
  3. Instruct students to write a first-person narrative describing the experience. Point out that only one person will fit in the machine, so there is no need to mention other characters. However, they must include detailed descriptions of what they saw, heard, felt, smelled and possibly even tasted during the trip. If necessary, review how to write in first person. 
  4. Give students time to write their narratives. 

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their finished stories with the class. Encourage listeners to identify what they liked most about each story. After hearing all of the narratives, invite the class to share examples of how each author incorporated sensory information into the story to give readers a memorable account of the trip. 

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:    

Grades 3-4:
Have students write their stories in small groups. Then instruct students to answer three questions about each story: 1) Was the story about a trip in a human-passenger drone? 2) Were there enough sensory details for listeners to understand how the character felt during the trip? 3) Was the story told from the author's point of view?

Grades 5-6:
Instruct each student to write a story and have students share their stories in small groups. Tell groups to ask questions as they evaluate how well their fellow authors incorporated sensory details as they told about the trip. Encourage them to offer suggestions for improvement.

Grades 7-8:
Instruct each student to write a story and have students share their stories in small groups. Tell groups to ask questions as they evaluate how well their fellow authors incorporated sensory details as they told about the trip. Challenge them to identify specific examples relating to each sense. 

Grades 9-10:
Instruct each student to write a story and have students share their stories with a partner. Then instruct partners to write a brief account of their partner's story from a third-person point of view. Challenge partners to identify key differences in the two versions of each account.