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Middle School Narrative Essays Writing Unit for 6th 7th 8th Grade Essays

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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This resource includes three weeks of middle school narrative essay writing lesson plans for teaching your sixth, seventh, and eighth grade ELA students how to write narrative essays using the mentor texts Ghost, Freak the Mighty, and The Outsiders, as examples for each lesson.

Also, check out my Middle School Narrative Essays Blog Post to see how I taught the units and to see examples of charts, work, and writing.

Be sure to check out the preview to get an idea of what's included in this resource.

All the lessons include students work examples and chart papers for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. If you teach all three grades, the units have been differentiated so you could teach this all three years.

Our examples are based on writing from a different characters' point of view from Ghost or Freak the Mighty or continuing the narrative from The Outsiders, but all serve as good examples for any texts you or your students use. If nothing else, the examples from this writing unit serve as their own mentor texts for you and your students to use.

There are 13 lesson plans and 15 sessions of narrative writing included in this resource:

  1. Session 1: Elements of Narrative Essays Part one
  2. Session 2: Elements of Narrative Essays Part Two
  3. Session 3: Narrative Plot Diagrams
  4. Session 4: Using Sensory Details
  5. Session 5: Using Dialogue Correctly
  6. Session 6: Using Dialogue Effectively
  7. Session 7: Ways to Start a Narrative, Writing Rough Drafts, Writing Conferences
  8. Session 8: Using Narrative Transitions, Writing Rough Drafts, Writing Conferences
  9. Session 9: Pacing Narrative Writing, Writing Rough Drafts, Writing Conferences
  10. Session 10: Ways to End a Narrative, Writing Rough Drafts, Writing Conferences
  11. Session 11: Consistent Verb Tenses, Peer Editing, Writing Conferences
  12. Session 12: Editing vs. Revising Rough drafts, Writing Conferences
  13. Session 13-15: Publishing final drafts, Writing Conferences

Other Resources Included:

1. Unique examples and notes using different mentor texts for each grade level

  • Sixth Grade: Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Seventh Grade: Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
  • Eighth Grade: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

2. Interactive Notebook Lesson for Narrative Elements and Dialogue

3. Mentor Texts Lesson, Examples, and Assessment for Dialogue in Narratives

4. Ten Different Narrative Reference pages for students to use while writing or to make into a narrative reference booklet:

  • Six elements of quality narrative essays
  • Developing narrative plots
  • Examples of sensory details in narrative mentor texts
  • How and why to use dialogue in narrative essays
  • Ways to start a narrative
  • When to use transitions and lists of transition words or phrases
  • Pacing narrative stories
  • Ways to end a narrative
  • Editing vs. Revising
  • MLA Formatting of Essays

5. Editable peer editing checklist and forms

6. Editable Narrative Writing Rubrics and Checklists

7. Individual student writing conferences forms and examples

8. Examples of chart papers for every lesson

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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.


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