7th Grade Narrative Writing Unit with Slides | Common Core

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Teach your students narrative writing with this engaging, hands-on unit!

This 3 week unit aligns with Lucy Calkins and meets every Common Core Standard for 7th grade narrative writing. This no-prep unit includes lessons plans, PowerPoint slides, mentor texts, graphic organizers, assessments, assignments, and more! Organized neatly into 14 lessons for easy implementation. Take a look at what's included below. You can also preview the resource by clicking the "Preview" tab under the thumbnail image.

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14 Lesson Plans:

  • Day 1 - Intro to Narrative Writing in 7th Grade
  • Day 2 - Brainstorming - Context & Main Character
  • Day 3 - Brainstorming - Point of View & Plot
  • Day 4 - Orienting the Reader
  • Day 5 - Narrative Techniques: Dialogue, Description, Pacing (Part 1)
  • Day 6 - Narrative Techniques: Dialogue, Description, Pacing (Part 2)
  • Day 7 - Conclusions
  • Day 8 - Revising
  • Day 9 - Peer Editing
  • Day 10 - Editing - Word Choice
  • Day 11 - Editing - Transitions
  • Day 12 - Publishing
  • Day 13 - Celebrating & Sharing
  • Day 14 - Assessment (Part 1)
  • Day 15 - Assessment (Part 2)

Each lesson includes:

  • An Essential Question
  • A List of Standards Addressed
  • Lesson Goals (Will Know/Will Be Able To)
  • Mini-Lesson (Step-by-Step)
  • Group/Partner Work
  • Individual Assignment
  • Supporting Documents (mentor text excerpts, graphic organizers, etc.)
  • Correlating Slide Numbers (for easy reference)
  • A Formative Assessment (exit tickets, rubrics, etc.)

100 Unit Slides (Powerpoint, fully compatible with Google Slides)

  • Engaging Slides that Support Each Lesson
  • Designed to Support Visual and ESL/ELL Learners
  • Walks You Through Each Lesson Step-by-Step!

Supporting Materials for Each Lesson

  • Mentor Text Observation Sheet
  • 6th Grade vs. 7th Grade Expectations
  • Roll-a-Story Board
  • Plot, Context, Point of View & Character Graphic Organizers
  • 8 Mentor Text Excerpts and Analysis Activities
  • Word Choice Mentor Text
  • Transition Words Chart
  • Peer Conference Checklist and Self Assessment Rubric
  • End-of-Unit Assessment
  • Standards-based Grading Rubric for Teachers

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Mrs. P has been a public school teacher for several years. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and her M.A. in Education from N.C. State. She launched her TpT Shop, Common Core Tweens, in 2019 after her eldest daughter turned two. All of her resources are designed to make teaching common core more fun and meaningful in upper elementary and middle school.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.


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