TL;DR (Too long, didn't read): This is a fast narrative writing unit designed to be taught from beginning to end in about 7-10 days. I use this to cap off my narrative writing/reading unit after teaching figurative language, perspective, etc.
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This unit is designed to measure what students have learned about narrative writing. Use this when you want a sample of your students' best narrative writing to conclude a unit focused on fiction/narrative.
This is not a set of detailed lesson plans. It's a straightforward narrative writing assignment that tasks students with writing three different introductions, choosing one of those to develop, submitting a rough draft, going through a peer-review process for that draft, revising the draft, and submitting a final draft.
The instructions for lessons in this unit are brief and assume a general knowledge of the content area and material; you can think of the instructions as a rough script from which to improvise and go your own way.
The rubric for this assessment uses the Oregon Writing Work Sample Scoring Guide, which measures student mastery from 1 to 6 in ideas and content, organization, voice, conventions, sentence fluency, and word choice. This guide is available online and aligns to CCSS for the most part. I have added two other categories for this assessment: sensory details and plot. Students are expected to incorporate sensory details into their stories and follow recognizable plot structures and/or experiment with more advanced structures. You can of course change the criteria and points values on these rubrics; this material has been uploaded in editable .docx form.
I taught this assignment at the sophomore level, but it is adaptable for younger or older students.