Narrative Short Story Worksheet and Graphic Organizer for Names/Nombres

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Engage your middle school students in this meaningful short story about the power and importance of a name while teaching them the elements of effective narrative writing at the same time! Understanding Narratives Short Story Analysis can be used to introduce, review, or assess students' understanding of narrative texts. This lesson is also perfect for emergency sub plans!

Understanding Narratives guides students through the process of analyzing the elements of narratives such as dialogue, pacing, figurative language use (for this story similes), transition words, plot, and theme.

This PDF lesson includes:

  • 2 page analysis worksheet
  • 1 page plot line graphic organizer
  • scoring guide
  • 3 page answer key
  • lesson ideas
  • link to the story

Print and implement! Easy to teach. Easy to grade.

Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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