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Keywords: Friendship, Friends, Language Arts, Social Skills
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Technology, Social Skills, Photography
Grades 3 through 8
School: Broadneck Elementary School, Arnold, MD
Planned By: Theresa Brown
Original Author: Theresa Brown, Arnold
Prior to the lesson, read a story about friendship. Below are some suggestions of books to use.
Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend, an excert from “The Stories Julian Tells” by Ann Cameron
“Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White
“Corduroy” by Don Freeman

1 Day: Discuss the story and what the story makes the children think about that is related to friendship. Have students develop questions about friendship that they would like to have answered. Working in groups of 3-4 students, have each group choose one question which they will investigate. Have students plan how they might find the answer to their questions. Possible questions include: What do you do when a friends lies to you? How can you make new friends? How can you make up with your friend after an argument? What do you do if your friend tries to get you to do something that you know is wrong? What should you do when your friends says they won’t be your friend if you become friends with someone else? Does everyone have to have a best friend?

2 – 3 days: Students should begin investigating their question. You might provide sources such as the book, "How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them” by Laurie Krasnv Brown. Students might want to make a list of questions and then arrange for an interview with adults such as teachers, their parents, and the guidance counselor. Allow several days for students to schedule and complete interviews and find other sources at home if needed.

1 day: Using the information that students have gathered, each team now drafts a brief story about their friendship topic. Depending on their prior experience, you may need to introduce the elements of realistic fiction before allowing students to begin their drafts. The stories should depict something that they learned about friendship.
1 day: Students edit and revise their stories. They also plan how they will appropriately divide their stories into 4-5 pages.

1 day: Students write the final copies of their stories on pages that have space for photographs to illustrate their stories.

1 day: Students plan how they will act out the story for the photographs. They should also plan and prepare any props or costumes they wish to use. This might be a good time to do a mini lesson on body language, which will help students understand the body language of others and how others might interpret their body language. This will also help students plan the body language they will use for their photographs.

1 day: Students use the cameras to take the photos. When they have the 4-5 photos that they want to use to illustrate their story they may print and mount their photos into their book. You may want to allow them to take additional photo for the cover of the book.

Once the books are complete, you may want to plan a Young Author’s Day in which parents are invited to come and listen to children and they share their books. You could also arrange for students to visit younger grades and read their books to them.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Instead of printing the photos and gluing to their text, students could use a word processor or appropriate software to type their stories on the computer and insert their photos onto their text pages.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Camera Bags
Other Items: 1 photo paper, $varies each
1 colored ink, $varies each