Narrative Writing, Poetry Writing, and Fable Writing Units (Google Compatible)

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    Save with this bundle of 3 writing units. The bundle includes a Narrative Writing Unit, a Fable Writing Unit, and a Poetry Writing Unit. Together they span 31 days of instruction!

    Great news! These writing units include a traditional PDF version of the student writing packets, as well as links for Google Slides. This means that these units are ready for Google Classroom! The digital versions of the packets are accessible from any computer and allow students to complete their work online. You’ll find links for digital versions of the student writing packets and the grading rubrics included with this resources.


    Narrative Writing Unit

    In this detailed, common-core aligned, 10-day unit, students will learn about narrative writing and actively participate in the writing process. Students will write personal narratives about an interesting experience that taught them a lesson. In their personal narratives, students will include key elements of narrative writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions. Through the study of a mentor text, pre-writing activities, draft guidelines, revision mini-lessons and guides, peer conferencing, and editing, students will write a powerful personal narrative.

    This unit is very versatile. It can be taught at the beginning of the school year to learn about students and build a classroom community, in conjunction with Open House, after a school break, or even at the end of the year with the lesson learned focused on the current school year. Whenever you teach this unit, you’ll be thrilled with the superb writing that students create and the pride they show in their work.

    In this unit, students will:

    • Write narratives to develop real experiences
    • Develop skills in organizing events naturally and logically
    • Learn about and write using narrative techniques including dialogue, pacing, voice, description and description
    • Use a variety of transition words and phrases in their writing
    • Use precise words and develop word choices and sensory language to convey experiences and events
    • Produce a narrative writing piece that is appropriate to task, purpose and audience
    • Strengthen their writing through planning, revising, editing, and conferencing
    • Build a community of writers
    • Actively listen to and identify elements of narrative writing in their peers’ writing

    Common Core State Standards:

    • Writing - W.3, W.3A, W.3B, W.3C, W.3D, W.3E, W.4, W.5, W.6, W.10
    • Reading - R.2, R.6, R.10
    • Language - L.1, L.2, L.3, L.6
    • Speaking and Listening - SL.1, SL.6

    This detailed Narrative Writing Unit includes:

    • Detailed lesson plans (10)
    • Guided notes - Narrative Writing
    • Teacher key - Guided notes
    • Mentor text - “The Bike” by Gary Soto
    • Mentor text - Narrative Reflection
    • Narrative Rubric
    • Pre-Writing - Brainstorm Guide
    • Pre-Writing - Graphing
    • Pre-Writing - Graph
    • Planning - Framework
    • Planning - Focusing on the Topic
    • Planning - Putting Events in Order
    • Planning - Sensory Details
    • First Draft Guidelines
    • First Draft - Beginning, Middle and End
    • Revising - Leads
    • Revising - Word Choice
    • Revising - Dialogue Tips and Tricks
    • Revising - Adding Dialogue
    • Revising - Voice
    • Revising - Transitions
    • Revising - Ending
    • Revising - Checklist
    • Editing - Checklist
    • Peer Conference Form
    • Final Copy Guidelines


    Writing a Fable & Creating a Children's Book

    This detailed Fable Writing Unit includes:

    Teacher Resources:

    • Detailed Unit/Lesson Plans (10)
    • Student Grade Sheet
    • Fable Rubric

    The Student Fable Writing Packet Includes:

    • Children’s Book Review Guide (3)
    • Favorite Children’s Book Reflection
    • Guided Notes - Children’s Books and Fables
    • Fable Lesson Brainstorm
    • Pre-Write - Planning
    • Pre-Write - Character Brainstorm
    • Pre-Write - Setting
    • Pre-Write - Brainstorming the Conflict
    • Pre-Write - Plot
    • Pre-Write - Storyboard
    • Plot Pitch Activity
    • Revising - Dialogue
    • Revising - Showing Rather Than Telling
    • Revising - Sensory Details
    • Illustration Brainstorm
    • Text and Illustration Storyboard
    • Peer Conference Guide
    • Editing Checklist

    Keys: (13 keys total)

    • Guided Notes Keys
    • Sample keys for all pre-writing and revising activities (10)

    Common Core State Standards addressed in this unit:

    • W.3A, W.3B, W.3C, W.3D, W.3E, W.4, W.5, W.10
    • SL.1.A, SL.1.B, SL.1.C, SL.1.D
    • L.1, L.2, L.3, L.5, L.6
    • RL.2, RL.3, RL.4, RL.6, RL.10


    Poetry Writing Unit (11 Days)

    Common Core State Standards

    • W.3, W.5, W.6
    • RL.4, RL.5, RL.6, RL.10
    • L.3, L.5, L.6

    In this Poetry Writing Unit, students will:

    • Develop an understanding of the poetry genre
    • Recognize the features of poetry
    • Incorporate sensory details and figurative language into their writing
    • Practice utilizing poetry skills such as rhythm, rhyming, and descriptive vocabulary
    • Follow the writing process to write original poems
    • Share their writing and work with others

    This detailed Poetry Writing Unit includes:

    • Unit Overview
    • Poems at a Glance
    • 11 Daily Lesson Plans
    • 13 Genre-Specific Vocabulary Words
    • 13 Poetic Examples of the Vocabulary Words
    • Poetry Writing Ideas
    • Poetry Grade Record Sheet and Rubric
    • Student Poetry Writing Packet:
    • ---- Poetry Web
    • ---- Poetry Writing Ideas
    • ---- Vocabulary and Example Worksheets
    • ---- 27 Sample Poems
    • ---- Step-by-Step Poetry Writing Guides: List Poem, Haiku, Extended Cinquain, Simile Poem, Personification Poem, Remember When Poem, Rhyme Poem, 5 Senses Poem, Concrete Poem, Free Verse Poem

    * Links are provided to download sample concrete poems. Simply click the links to access the examples.

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    Teaching Duration
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
    Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
    Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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