Narrative Writing Literature Circles: Narratives as Mentor Texts

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Read it Write it Learn it
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Want to inspire your middle school and high school students to write like authors? Narratives as Mentor Texts literature circles are your answer! Published authors are our best teachers and the Narratives as Mentor Texts 37 page packet is full of activities that help students in grades 6-10 unpack the qualities of narratives that will help them to write their own narrative story. BONUS: This packet has recently been updated to include an easy to share DIGITAL student notebook. Simply share in Google Classroom, and students can work through the daily lessons!

Students will work in literature circles, completing eight different standards based activities, two engaging games that will leave them asking for more, and their own narrative writing piece. A 56 slide PowerPoint with timers makes implementing this unit a breeze. Simply display the slides to guide students through each lesson. The best part: this four week all inclusive bundle can be used with any novel!

Included in this 163 page bundle:

- 37 page DIGITAL student packet to use with any novel. Simply share in Google Classroom!

- 37 page printable student packet and guide to use with any novel--you choose print or digital!

- 56 slide PowerPoint with timers, learning targets, and exit activities to guide teachers and students through each lesson with eas

- 4 student literature circle roles and 2 pages of guidelines to help students establish a strong literature circle routine

- 8 activities

- 4 weeks of detailed lesson plans

- 2 interactive and engaging games that can be used with this unit and throughout the school year for any novel

- Step by step writing process guide to walk students through writing their own narrative

- Rubrics for revising, editing, peer conferencing, and teacher grading

- Recently added Narrative Revision Stations with PowerPoint with 8 stations to help students revise their writing.

- Pacing calendar to help you plan

This is the perfect unit to bring you to the end of the school year in a meaningful, engaging, and standards based way. Keep middle school students learning and entertained as the weather gets warmer! Enjoy getting to know your students through their narrative writing!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.


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