Next time your class writes a narrative, have them write it with this activity that allows their creativity to soar.
All kids love knowing they are bigger than other “little kids.” This product walks students through writing a narrative in the form of a story for younger students.
Using the planning pages, students are encouraged to pay attention to their audience and purpose as they create clever characters, fantastic settings, repeating plots, and themes. Creative language (such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, adverbs, and synonyms for the word “said”) is emphasized to make their stories come alive and keep their younger audience entertained.
Teacher and Student Rubrics included as BOTH a pdf file and editable Word (docx) file. Tailor the assessment to your personal teaching needs!
Page 1 – Cover
Page 2 - Ideas for Teaching
Page 3 – Related Common Core Standards
Page 4 - Story Elements Checklists for Read Alouds or Silent Reading
Page 5 – 8 Putting Together a Story
Interests of the Audience
Creating Clever Characters
Plot and Plot Repetition
Magic and Imagination
Page 9 Storyboard Planner
Page 10 Words to Use Instead of Said (Poster or Reference Sheet)
Page 11 Adverbs to Describe Speaking (Poster or Reference Sheet)
Page 12 – 14 Final Book Paper Options
Page 15 – Student Rubric
Page 16 – Teacher Rubric
* Related Common Core Standards *
* RL2 - Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from the details in the text.
* W3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
a. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
b. Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
d. Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
* W4 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
* W10 - Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
* L2 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
a. Use correct capitalization.
b. Use commas and quotation marks to make direct speech and quotations from a text.
c. Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.
*L3 - Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
a. Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.
b. Choose punctuation for effect.
c. Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g. presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g., small-group discussion).