Writing a short story from scratch can be overwhelming for students who are trying it for the first time (or the second time!) so this unit gives them the jump start they need in coming up with a story idea and all of the structure and organization they will need throughout the writing process.
Your students will randomly draw three slips of paper -- a character slip, setting slip, and event slip. This is what they will work with as they map out and then write their narrative.
This unit bundle includes the following:
- Unit Calendar/Plan - This resource provides you a guideline of how you might organize and move through the unit.
- Assignment Overview - This handout provides an overview of the assignment so students know what they will be working on throughout this unit.
- Character, Setting, and Event Slips - These are the slips your students will select from three different grab bags. There are 30 of each type. They love this part!
- PowerPoint Presentation - This 28-slide presentation contains information on the various topics you'll teach within the unit to help your students write great narratives. (Note: While slides can be added and removed to the PowerPoint version of the presentation, the content within the slides cannot be edited).
- Plot Elements Handout - This handout is useful for your students to use as they map out the plots of their narratives.
- Plot Graphic Organizer - Students will use this graphic organizer to map out the plots of their narratives.
- Setting Development Worksheet
- Character Development Worksheet
- Sensory Details Worksheet
- Hooks Worksheet - This worksheet will require students to write a hook / attention-grabber for the start of their narrative. Different types of hooks are explained on the worksheet for the students to reference.
- Using Dialogue Worksheet
- Story Outline - This resource gives students the space to write out a detailed outline of their narrative.
- Rubric - A PDF version and an editable version of the rubric are included.
- Peer Review Worksheet
28 pages; 28 slides