Writing focused narratives that closes in on one singular moment is difficult for students to do. But this Snapshot Narrative Writing: Focusing in on a Moment pack makes the task a bit easier!
Using chewing gum, popping candy, and a jelly bean game, this packet is intended to help your students create cohesive, focused, narrative paragraphs that tell a story from beginning to middle to end. Using a shared experience of eating candy together, the students actively chart their experience before, during, and after they put the food in their mouths. They will be writing and eating, recording the experience. They will then use paragraph frames to help them construct a cohesive, focused paragraph.
What you will find in this resource is a three lesson plan set to be used when teaching the ins and outs of ”Snapshot Writing” to your students. It is designed to include several short 20-minute directed lessons given by the teacher, followed by actual hands-on practice sessions for the students. The lessons are written in narrative form, with numbers to indicate the order in which all ideas should be presented to the students. Where applicable, I have included pictures and samples within each day’s lesson. There is also a “generic” template that can be used with any food or experience included for each day as well. This is just in case you need it.
Each lesson centers around one specific eating experience for your students. In the first, they will chew gum as you brainstorm the events together as a class. In the second lesson, the students will eat Popping Candy (I used Pop Rocks) and writing one paragraph about that experience. Finally, in the third lesson, the students will play a game of Bean Boozled together and write two paragraphs, one describing the game as a whole and the other describing their experience of spinning and eating one unknown bean.
This resource is the perfect compliment to the original Paragraph of the Week found here in my store
. If you are a fan of the original, this is for you. If you have not used the original, the directions are easy to follow and user friendly.
This is for use by one teacher in one classroom. If you would like to share with your colleagues, PLEASE purchase a multiple license. This really was a lot of work for me and I would appreciate it.