Deleted Scene: A Narrative Writing Unit (6-8)

Kasey Kiehl
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6th - 8th
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What is a deleted scene?

This writing unit is specifically designed to meet the standards for narrative writing. Students select a scene from a text that most likely happened, but the author didn’t write about or only mentioned briefly without many details. This could be in between the plot events that happened, a flashforward, a flashback, or even an extended ending. Students could even re-imagine a scene from a different character’s perspective other than the narrator’s. The scene students select should be a short event, so they are able to use strong narrative techniques to develop the setting, events, and characters in a detailed way. Students will also study the author’s style and point of view used to narrate the story to think about how they can incorporate the author’s techniques into their writing. This writing unit is so fun because it connects students with a book, author, and characters they already love and allows them to get creative in order to create a deleted scene. Students aren't making up a full fiction story (if you've taught this before, you know this is sometimes quite painful for students and the teacher), they are able to focus in and find success with one scene.

What is included in the deleted scene writing unit?

  • Unit Plan: an overview of the 13 minilesson statements, each aligned to a Common Core State Standard for narrative writing, sequenced to guide students through the writing process from start to finish.
  • Detailed Minilessons: 13 fully-scripted writing minilessons for the teacher so that they can explicitly walk students through the gradual release of responsibility (minilesson statement, modeling, have-a-go, application, share) in each minilesson. The minilessons take students through each part of the writing process (genre immersion, pre-write, organize & outline, draft, revise, edit, publish & share). *Download the preview to see the specific minilessons covered throughout this unit.
  • Mentor Text: Two mentor texts of deleted scenes, written by me, to reference throughout the writing process. The mentor texts were written to exemplify each minilesson and be used as a tool for modeling and a reference during writing conferences/guided writing.
  • Question Prompts for Writing Conferences: Question prompts specific to each minilesson to use in writing conferences and/or guided writing each day to reinforce the concept being taught are included. These questions make it seamless to hold writing conferences that will make a huge impact on students' writing.
  • PowerPoints: Each lesson contains a presentation of the lesson with the different steps of the lesson laid out (minilesson statement, modeling, have-a-go, application, share) for a great visual throughout each minilesson to help the lessons flow. These come in PDF and in editable form.
  • Student Handouts and Reference Guides: Student materials (prewriting sheets, graphic organizers, outline, reference sheets to assist with specific minilessons, handouts with prompting questions to guide revision, etc.) needed for each minilesson are included. A student "Editing Guide" is also included to assist students during the editing phase with capitalization, spelling, homophone, punctuation, commas, and sentence types reference sheets.
  • Rubric Options: Rubrics are designed to assess the specific genre and type of writing in the writing unit. There are different rubric options included so teachers can use the rubric that works best for their purpose.
    • Grade 6 CCSS-Aligned Rubric
    • Grade 7 CCSS-Aligned Rubric
    • Grade 8 CCSS-Aligned Rubric
    • Minilesson-Based Rubric: does not mention specific CCSS standards and is based on the minilessons taught in the writing unit
    • Just Feedback Rubric: designed to get students reading and thinking about feedback.
    • Students Self-Assessment Rubric: where students assess before the teachers assess.

***All lessons, student handouts, and rubrics come in a PDF and Microsoft Word version so teachers can use the materials in a way that best suits their teaching style and students’ needs. Additionally, all presentations are included as Google Slides and all students handouts are included as Google Docs for ease of use in Google Classroom.

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There are ten writing units in total. Each persuasive, informative/explanatory, narrative, and research writing unit is designed to meet all of the standards for that genre. Each unit is designed to bring a unique spin to the overall genre of writing. Teachers can create a year-long writing curriculum based on the writing units they think will best meet the needs of their students. Teachers who teach solely writing will most likely be able to teach more writing units across the year than teachers who teach reading and writing within the same class period to students. Regardless, the writing units are purchased separately and can be put together to create a year-long curriculum covering all of the writing standards from the Common Core State Standards. Download the preview to see example scope and sequences tailored to represent different middle school teaching situations.

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3. Purchase the writing units individually to meet your writing instruction needs. The 10 writing units are linked below.

-Deleted Scene-Narrative Writing

-Blog Post-Informative/Explanatory Writing

-Product Review-Persuasive Writing

-Ask Anything-Research Writing

-Narrative Nonfiction-Narrative Writing Unit

-Literary Analysis-Informative/Explanatory Writing

-Important Issue Letter-Persuasive Writing

-Memoir Vignettes-Narrative Writing

-Quote to Live By-Informative/Explanatory Writing

-Book Recommendation-Persuasive Writing

*Do you teach students how to write or tell them to write? There is a big difference between teaching and telling.

*These writing units take students through the writing process step-by-step through a series of detailed minilessons with explicit modeling examples. You can feel confident in your teaching and will love the writing engagement and results you get from students.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.


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