Fiction Narrative Writing Unit THIRD GRADE

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“...These were LIFE CHANGING!  The end product from my students is so much better than before!  I bought one to try it out and came back and bought the rest after their writing turned out so awesome!” - Lauren E.

If teaching writing has ever made you cry, weep, tear out your hair, question your existence, or binge-watch reality television—because it’s just that frustrating and overwhelming—I made this resource for you. 

If your students dread writing time more than meatloaf in the school cafeteria...I made this  resource for them, too. 

We promise you: if any of that sounds like you or your students, you are NOT alone.

Many teachers like you have told me that their district-provided curriculum is too wordy and/or hard to implement. (Or worse, there’s no curriculum at all.) But you’re still expected to instill the necessary skills into your students so they can perform well on standardized tests! How are you supposed to do it?

Enter: The Not So Wimpy Teacher Fiction Narrative Writing Unit for 3rd Grade. This unit is your complete kit for instructing students in fiction narrative writing. (This unit is super fun to do at the end of the year or after a lot of testing!)

  • It contains EVERYTHING you need to teach fiction narrative writing for 8 weeks—including mentor texts. You do not need to purchase any additional books! (Unless you want to.)
  • The lesson plans are simple, so all you have to do is print and teach.
  • Students will learn all of the skills necessary for writing a fiction story with dialogue, strong characters, a problem, a solution, and paragraphs and transitions.
  • There are digital anchor charts you can just project onto your white board- so you don’t have to be Picasso or Renoir to anchor your kids in the lesson.

Most importantly? It makes writing fun for your students. The NSWT office has received many reports that students get so excited about these writing units, they moan and groan when writing time is over. Why is that such a big deal? Students who enjoy writing and get lots of practice perform better on standardized testing. 

When I say this unit has everything you need, I do mean everything. 

How it Works

Each lesson plan outlines a typical day of writing with these components:

  • Mini-Lesson: The day kicks off with a mini-lesson to teach a particular skill. The mini-lesson uses mentor text (remember, it’s included in the unit) and anchor charts. For the teacher version of the anchor charts, you can project and fill them out with the class, or print and display them in your classroom. The student versions are smaller so they can fill them out and keep them in their writing notebooks for reference.
  • Work Time: Students will apply the skill they just learned into their writing each day. The included writing tasks make it crystal-clear for your students what to do during independent writing time. By the end of the unit, they will have completed two full masterpieces and many other independent writings. 
  • Share Time: Students are encouraged to share a piece of their writing with a partner or with the entire class. I recommend mixing it up!

**Would you like to learn how I use these writing units? Click HERE to view a free video on how to implement these writing units.**

What’s Inside

  • Detailed teacher directions and suggestions for simple implementation
  • 7 exclusive videos to help implement and organize the unit
  • Unit at-a-glance calendar
  • 40 days of lesson plans that include guiding questions, materials, mini-lessons, student work tasks, student share tasks, interventions, and several extension activities
  • 14 original mentor text passages
  • 24 fiction narrative task cards (identifying whether a topic is a fiction narrative)
  • 24 writing prompt task cards
  • 12 teacher anchor charts (blank and filled in versions)
  • Student anchor charts and printables for writing notebooks
  • Conference and goal tracking forms
  • Writing grades tracking forms
  • Rubrics
  • List of 10 additional mentor text books (optional)
  • 6 different writing publishing papers
  • Student writing notebook cover and dividers
  • Teacher notebook covers and binder spines
  • Multiple ideas for author share celebrations
  • NEW!!! Digital Writing Notebook with student anchor charts on Google Slides

Lessons Included:

  • Setting goals
  • What is a fiction narrative?
  • Developing Characters
  • Developing Setting (Show- Don’t Tell)
  • Problem & Solution
  • Author Point of View
  • Writing a lead
  • Creating Suspense
  • Adding and Punctuating Dialogue
  • Word Choice (Strong Verbs)
  • Paragraphs
  • Transitions
  • Writing an ending
  • Editing
  • Publishing

Please take a look at the preview to see examples of what’s included in the unit.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!


Available in this money saving bundle:

Writing Bundle: Personal Narrative, Informational, Opinion & Fiction 3RD GRADE


More Writing Units:

Informational Report

Personal Narrative

Opinion Writing Unit


Writing Units for Other Grade Levels:

Second Grade Writing Bundle

Fourth Grade Writing Bundle

Fifth Grade Writing Bundle

Total Pages
160 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 months
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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, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
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 discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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