Information writing (Wikipedia page), letters of advice (formal) persuasive speeches
Overview and Outcomes:
In this is a 2+ week sequence using The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein, children explore how a real-life story has been portrayed as fiction. They consider a diary entry found written by Philippe Petit just before he leaves to walk between the towers and write letters of advice to him, considering the pros and cons. After reading up to the point of the act, children write a first person recount in the first person as the main character, using figurative language to describe feelings and scenery. As witnesses and reporters,
they create newspaper reports for The New York times. Finally the children gather everything they have learnt about Philippe Petit and write a biographical account of his life, researching where needed to fill in gaps about childhood and events prior to this. They then write their own autobiography, with a focus on a particular event in their life, which has been significant.
Synopsis of Text:
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour performing high-wire tricks.