Narrative Writing Diary of an Animal

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Keep your kiddos engaged and excited about writing! My students LOVE this activity every year! We spend a few days reading the Diary of a…Series by Doreen Cronin. We read Diary of a Fly, Diary of a Worm, and Diary of a Spider. We chart the characteristics that each book shares.

For example, each story is a diary written by one of the characters. It is written in first person point of view. The other two characters from the other books are included. Each book includes events that happen at home and at school.( Etc)

After our brain storming, kiddos make a story board to plan out their “Diary”. They can choose any character they want to be. I’ve had kids choose dogs, rabbits, cats, caterpillars, etc.

We take time to really plan out each entry and we team up with partners to help us make sure we stay on track.

Once we edit and revise, we write on final copies on plain white paper.

Narrative Writing CC.3.W.3

_____3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

____a. Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

____b. Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.

____c. Use temporal words and phrases to signal event orders.

____d. Provide a sense of closure.


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