Wondering how you might be able to plan a cross-curricular lesson between social studies and writing? I always am. Thank you, Common Core, that you've preserved the gift of creativity in the style of narrative writing.
This is a lesson I was able to use with my sixth grade students several times throughout the year to test their knowledge of the social studies curriculum, as well as the elements of narrative writing.
Because I teach the Ancient Civilizations social studies curriculum, I've created a PowerPoint that aligns with those specific units. Feel free to use my lesson as an example, and modify your lessons for your own social studies curriculum, as well.
I saw this as a powerful lesson for my students. I've used it in the form of assessment, homework, and even sometimes...just in class-wide discussions! I love to see how they analyze pictures and their honest talent and attention to detail when you really ask it of them. :)
If you are unfamiliar with the GCAST format of brainstorming with narrative writing, I encourage you to see my CLOZE Narrative Writing document posted to my site, as well. It is a great resource that works well with English Learners, Special Populations students, and most importantly, all of the "MY HAND HURTS!" note takers.