This packet contains over 70 pages of ready-to-use printables and activities to help your students improve their narrative writing.
This product provides many different ways for students to practice specific narrative writing skills, such as focus, structure, character development, and word choice/voice. (These are the four sections of this resource.)
The activities in this packet may be used in any order. You may even choose to use this from start to finish as a personal narrative or fictional narrative writing unit.
Many of these printables can be used for reading response AND as story planners/graphic organizers. This will help students look closely at others’ writing and apply those skills to their own writing, and will give teachers a resource they can use throughout the year with small groups, during writing conferences, or even as part of a whole class lesson.
This product contains:
FOCUS (zoom in, elaborate, eliminate extra)
- Why & How We Set Goals
- S.M.A.R.T. Goals Are…
- Goal Setting Sheets
- What's the Most Important Part?
- S t r e t c h It Out!
- What Doesn't Belong?
STRUCTURE (beginnings & endings, conflict/resolution)
- Story Plan organizer
- Story Beginnings
- Mighty Middle
- Memorable Endings
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (traits, dialogue, motivation)
- Traits vs. Feelings Anchor Chart
- Getting to Know Your Characters
- What Kind of Person is This?
- Personality Descriptions
- Looking Closely at Characters
- Building a Character
- Responding to an Event
- Struggles and Motivations
- Character Comparison
- What Do You Want the Reader to Know?
- Character Development task cards
- Character Trait game
WORD CHOICE & VOICE (specificity, shades of meaning)
- A picture is worth a thousand words
- Find someone who...
- “Asked” and “Said” task cards
- Finding Your Voice task cards
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